For the second straight season, a Lewis and Clark tennis team brought home the Class 4A state tennis team championship.
A year ago it was the Tigers’ boys tennis squad winning the top honors. This year, the girls did the honors with a stellar effort.
Senior Abby DeNike and freshman Brooke Fager won the girls doubles title to seal the title for the Tigers.
The title is the second in two years for the Fager family. Brooke Fager’s brother, Kyle, won the doubles title a year ago, sealing the boys’ team title for LC.
DeNike and Fager did not lose a set en route to the title, beating eventual third-place finishers Crystal Lee and Ally Peterson of Thomas Jefferson in the semifinals, 6-0, 6-2, and topping Nicole Yen and Kayla Lee of Eastlake in the championship match, 6-2, 6-2.
“This was Abby’s first year of playing LC tennis,” girls coach Eric Woodward said. “She’s played a lot of tennis and had wanted to turn out the last couple of years, but something always got in the way. This year I told her I had a strong player for her to play doubles with and she just cleared the books and turned out.
“She’s already set to play college tennis next year at Trinity College in San Antonio, Texas.”
Fager comes from a tennis-playing family.
“Her parents played college tennis and of course her brother plays for the boys team,” Woodward said. “She’s just a fierce competitor. She played No. 2 singles for us for a while this season while Abby was dealing with a shoulder issue. She’s small, but she hits incredibly hard.
“I’m not sure where she plays next year. I think she probably wants to play singles, but we’ll just have to see what we have.”
Senior teammates Hannah Hendricksen and Mary Stoa finished seventh to help cement the team title. Hendricksen and Stoa won their first match, but lost to Yen and Lee in the quarterfinals. The pair rallied, beating Alyssa Silvernail and Maddie Egan of Rogers-Puyallup in a loser-out match, but lost in three sets to Sydney Wallace and Mackenzie Schreiner of Union in the trophy round to take home the seventh-place medal.
“Hannah and Mary are an interesting pair,” Woodward said. “When they were freshmen, they both lettered in softball. Sophomore year they came in and played really well – it was the first time either of them had played any tennis at all. Junior year they went to state, but only won one match. This year, they place.
“The thing about them is that they are undefeated the last two years in Greater Spokane League play.”
In the girls Class 4A singles tournament, Central Valley’s Kyra Harames reached the semifinals and earned the sixth-place trophy after falling to Joyce Park of Gig Harbor in three sets in the third-place match.
Mead’s Katie Kuka lost her opening-round match, then rallied to beat Avery Liening of Todd Beamer in the medal round, 7-5, 6-2, to earn the fifth-place trophy.
The Greater Spokane League made a strong showing in the boys Class 4A tournament as well.
LC’s Kyle Fager placed fourth in the singles tournament.
The regional champion opened the tournament with a straight-set victory over Yevgeniy Kolomiyets of Cascade High in Everett, but lost in the quarterfinals to eventual state champion Austin Gu of Newport High in Bellevue, 6-1, 6-3.
The loss was only the second of Fager’s high school career.
Fager topped Jonathan Dudley of Bellarmine Prep in a loser-out match, 6-0, 6-1, and beat Kincaid Norris of Snohomish in the trophy round, 6-2, 6-4, to earn his fourth-place finish.
“Kyle was the undefeated regional champion as a freshman,” LC boys coach Tobin Phelps said. “He had a band trip scheduled for the same weekend as the state tournament, so he defaulted from that tournament. As a sophomore he won the state doubles title. This year, his only other loss was to Daniel Foster of West Valley-Yakima at the Inland Empire tournament, and he’s the other guy in the finals.”
The Gonzaga Prep team of John Mackay and Tyler Timperman placed seventh in the Class 4A doubles tournament. The pair beat Patrick Follis and Andrew Kim of Jackson high in Everett in the opening round, 6-3, 6-3, but lost to the eventual state champions from Newport, Payton Namba and Alex Namba.
The pair survived a three-set battle with Derek Chao and Kobe Sarusaud of Issaquah, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, but lost to Cameron Madelis and Jack Young of Wenatchee in the trophy round and finished seventh.
Shadle Park’s Brandon Archer reached the quarterfinals of the Class 3A boys singles tournament, but finished a match short of a trophy.
Junior Audra Spargo finished her Shadle Park career with a pair of early losses in the Class 3A girls singles tournament. The three-time GSL champion is moving with her family to Arizona over the summer.
Addie Folson and Halle Berg of Clarkston lost their first-round match at the Class 2A girls doubles tournament, but battled back to win three straight matches to claim the fifth-place trophy, beating Alexa Yadama and Ana D’Acosta of Pullman in the trophy match, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Yadama and D’Acosta finished eighth.