District Tennis results
Megan Robinson (pictured) and Olivia Plew will play for a chance to qualify for the State Tennis Championships on Saturday, May 21, in Eastmont against the number one seeded Cashmere team.
Four tennis players make Saturday’s district play
by Richard Uhlhorn
Four Chelan players won their matches on Tuesday, May17, and will enter the District SemiFinals on Saturday, May 21, in Eastmont.
The semi-finalists had to make it through the District’s 32 entrants in the opening rounds and quarter-finals. The first two rounds were single elimination from 32 to 16, so after the first two rounds of play, 75 percent of the players are eliminated and end their 2011 season. “We call this the gauntlet,” said Coach Marty Rothlisberger. “The remaining eight (elite 8) will play for state championship slots in double elimination on Saturday.”
In the girls singles Maghara DePaoli won ther first round match over Stephanie Chua of Tonasket 6-0, 6-2 and then won her second match over Lydia Kehoe of Entiat 6-0, 6-0. Maghara won her quarter final match 6-1, 6-1 over the number 6 seeded Taylor Sarmiento of Oroville, which puts her into play on Saturday and a shot to clinch a state birth when she faces number 2 seed Omak’s Rachel Riggle in her first match.
Heather Poppie won her first round match 6-1, 6-0 over Ali Miller of Oroville, but had a tough draw and lost to the number 2 seeded Rachel Riggle of Omak 6-4, 6-1 and was eliminated. “Heather played the Riggle tough, and since she's only a sophomore, we know she's got a bright future in the Chelan tennis program,” said Coach Rothlisberger.
Junior Emma Palumbo also faced a tough draw. She had to play into the round of 32 with a 6-1, 6-3 over Justine Spencer of Okanogan, but then faced undefeated number 1 seed Megan Beyers of Tonasket. “Emma played amazing tennis, and nearly eliminated the Beyers while losing 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. With this near upset, Emma's play was the talk of the tournament on Tuesday.”
Chelan's number 4 seeded Olivia Plew-Megan Robinson received a first round bye and won their second round match 7-6 (7-5), 6-1, and won their quarterfinal match 6-3, 6-2. “Livi and Megan will also play in the district semifinals on Saturday in East Wenatchee, with a shot to clinch a state birth when they face the number 1 seeded Obryan/Kowatsch of Cashmere.
Clancy Courtney-McKenna Hawkins won their first round match against Pateros, and won their 2nd round match 6-3, 6-4 over Liberty Bell. In their quarterfinal match they faced the #2 seed from Omak and lost a close one 7-5, 6-3. However, since they survived the first two rounds, Clancy and McKenna will also attempt to earn a state birth on Saturday.
Chelan's number 1 seeded Matt Robinson coasted on Tuesday, receiving a first round bye and winning his second round match over Chad Raven of Cashmere 6-0, 6-2. Matt won his quarterfinal match over Alvaro Gonzalez of Wilson Creek 6-0, 6-0. “Matt will also play in the district semifinals on Saturday in East Wenatchee, with a shot to clinch a state birth when he faces Number 4 seeded Dylan Wolfe.
Jaden Smiley won his first round match over Entiat, but lost his second round match 6-3, 6-0 and was eliminated. “Junior Jaden Smiley was one of our most improved players, and will be back next near to help lead a strong boys’ team,” remarked Rothlisberger.
Senior Jorge Maldonado lost his opening round match and was eliminated. “Jorge was a strong contributor this year, and will be missed next year.”
Juniors Dylan Sloan and Misael Arechiga won their first round match 6-2, 6-3 over Murphy-Hartle of Cascade, but lost their second round match to the #3 seed from Omak 6-2, 6-2. “These are two more Chelan juniors who will lead a deep boys squad next year.”
Sophomore Dillon Morrison and frosh Matt Barnes lost their opening round match 6-2, 6-0. “These two young squad members are the future of the team, and made great improvements over the past week.”