5-29-10 State Tennis
Rachelle Andeson and Houston Robison completed their high school tennis careers with a fifth place finish at the WIAA 1A State Tennis Championship in Yakima on Saturday, May 29. (Submitted Photo)
Girls doubles team of Anderson/Robison
finish 5th in State Tennis Tournament
Highest finish for a Chelan girls team since 2003
By Richard Uhlhorn (as reported by Coach Marty Rothlisberger)
“I’m stoked,” said Rachelle Anderson after winning the District Tennis Championship with doubles partner Houston Robison and qualifying for the WIAA 1A State Tennis Championship in Yakima on May 28 and 29.
On Friday, the girls defeated Lanise Laube-Sierra Keeler of Seattle Academy in the opening round 6-1, 6-2, and followed up that win with a victory over Katie Bauer-Blair Riddle of Freeman 6-1, 7-5.
These opening round wins on Friday gave Houston and Rachelle the opportunity to play as one of only four teams remaining in the semifinals on Saturday morning against Sara Finkleman-Megan Kelley of Charles Wright Academy.
In this modified double elimination format, the winners of the semis would play for the state title, and the losers of the semis play in a consolation match, winner taking 3rd and loser taking 5th. “Chelan's doubles team was the only public school team left in the winners bracket, the other three being Seattle area private schools,” said Rothlisberger.
“Houston and Rachelle played well, but lost their semifinal match to an outstanding Charles Wright Academy team 6-2, 6-3, and also lost their 3rd/5th place match to another Charles Wright team 7-6(7-4), 6-2,” reports Rothlsberger.
Seniors Rachelle and Houston capped their outstanding high school tennis careers as CTL champions, district champions, and with a 5th place finish at state, the highest finish by Chelan girls tennis players since 2003.
Congratulations to these two players and their excellent senior season of tennis.
Chelan's Mat Engstom lost his first round match to Jarod Gunning of Davenport 6-2, 6-1 and was eliminated in a tight 2nd round match vs Troy Dunbar of Zillah 6-2, 3-6, 7-6.