Scott Peterson (front) and Mat Engstrom (back) were the only two Chelan tennis players to qualify for state competition this year.
Engstrom/Peterson to compete at State Tennis
Reported by Coach Marty Rothlisberger
The district tennis tournament was a two weekend tournament, beginning Sat May 16th and ending Sat May 23rd. The first two rounds were single elimination, and then double elimination beginning at the quarterfinals.
Each Chelan player/team below had made the quarterfinals and was in the double elimination portion of the tournament. The top three finishers in each bracket advanced to the WIAA state tournament (the two finalists, and the consolation champion).
(Editors note: Congratulations to Mat Engstrom and Scott Peterson who will be competing at the State Tournament in Yakima this coming Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30. They had a hard fought battle to get there, but they are the only Chelan Tennis Players to get through the tough District battle to qualify.
Congratulations to the rest of the team on a fine season.)
Doubles team Mat Engstom and Scott Petersen had lost their quarterfinal match, and needed to win three matches in a row Saturday to make it to state. In their first match, they eliminated Bharucha-Sprague of Tonasket 6-0,6-3.
In their second match, they eliminated the #2 seed in the tournament (Kraus-Head of Cascade) in a three set thriller 6-2, 1-6, 6-4.
In their final and deciding match of the day (winner to state, loser go home), they defeated #3 seed Gubsch-McLead of Cashmere in another three set match 7-5, 2-6, 6-2.
"Mat and Scott played their best tennis of the season on the most critical day of the season," reported Rothlisberger.
Junior Mat Engstrom and senior Scott Petersen will play in the state tournament at the Yakima Tennis Club on Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30.
Singles player Houston Robison had advanced to the district semifinals, but lost her semifinal match to the #1 seed and eventual district champion Leah Newell of Cascade, 6-4, 6-0. Junior Newell has not yet lost a district match during her high school career. Houston then lost her consolation semifinal to the 3rd place finisher, Jordan Offut of Cascade. It was another close one: 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
Doubles team Rachelle Anderson and Rae Schwartz had lost their quarterfinal match to the #1 seed and eventual district champion from Cashmere. They needed to win three in a row to advance to state, but their first match was a heartbreaking loss, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.
Singles player Austin Habich had also lost his quarterfinal, and likewise, lost a tough three set match on Saturday 6-4, 2-6, 7-5.