Tennis - 3 on to State
state tournament qualifiers, left to right, Shelby Dietrich, Eli Jenkins, Megan
off to state championships in tennis
Saturday, May 24 was
the final day of the District VI Tennis tournament, the state tournament
Info submitted by Coach
Eli Jenkins began his day in the semifinals, but lost to Carlos Perez of
Liberty Bell, forcing Eli into the consolation bracket.
At that same time, Bryce Robison staged a great comeback victory over Alexander
Robertson of Cashmere 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. That win combined with Eli's loss
forced an unfortunate Chelan vs Chelan (Eli vs Bryce) match with the winner
qualifying for state and the loser "out". It was a hard fought
battle, with Jenkins winning in three sets to clinch a state berth. Also,
Jenkins won his final match of the day vs Alberto Quezada of Entiat who
forfeited due to injury. Jenkins will enter the state tournament as a #3
Despite the loss, freshman Bryce Robison had a third match to play Saturday
vs a senior Cascade opponent, for the alternate position to state. In the
third set of that match, during Robison's seventh hour of singles play that day
in the heat, Bryce was dogged by leg muscle cramps and was edged out by his
opponent 6-3, 1-6, 5-7.
Senior Megan Robinson also began Saturday
play in the semifinals, vs Chelan senior teammate Shelby Dietrich. These
Chelan vs Chelan "friendly fire" matches are sad yet exciting to see;
they're an unfortunate consequence of the team's overall success in the
tournament. Robinson won the semifinal, which forced Dietrich into the
consolation bracket. Robinson lost the championship match, but will enter
the state tournament as a #2 seed. This is Megan Robinson's 4th state
tournament appearance in four years!
In the consolation bracket, Shelby Dietrich defeated her Cashmere opponent 6-2,
6-0. After the Cashmere win, Dietrich lost her third match of the day,
finished 4th in the tournament, and will travel to the state tournament as an
Doubles team Tanner and Collin Hendricks had a loser out match to start the
day, and were narrowly defeated by Liberty Bell, 7-6, 6-4.
Manson player Janine Mackson (practiced with Chelan during the regular season,
and was coached by Chelan coaches in the post-season) also had a loser out
match to begin the day, winning 6-2, 7-6 over EmmaLee Luft of Pateros. In
Janine's 2nd match (still loser out), she lost to a Cascade opponent who
eventually placed 3rd.