RICHLAND — The Wenatchee boys tennis team once again had a dominant regular season. The Panthers didn’t fare nearly as well at the 4A state tournament Friday.
All three of Wenatchee’s players — singles entry Lucas Tilly and the doubles team of Sohail Qazi and Nathaniel Noyd — won one match and lost two, ending their respective seasons.
“On the whole, we had a great season,” said first-year Wenatchee coach Jared Vidano, who guided his squad to an undefeated record in Big Nine play. “I’m very proud of what the boys were able to accomplish. Even in a great season, you’re going to have matches here or there that you would like to win, but didn’t. It’s unfortunate that we got two of those (matches) at state. We had two players (Noyd and Qazi) who hadn’t been here before, and Lucas moved over to singles after playing doubles that last two years. We were less comfortable than we would’ve liked to have been.
“Both of our entries had one match that they probably could’ve performed better in, one match that they couldn’t have expected to win and one match that they won.”
Tilly began his day by losing to Kentlake’s Derek Welch 6-1, 6-3. He rebounded to post a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Aaron Park of Stadium, but saw his season end with a 7-5 (5), 6-1 loss to Patrick Chung of Cascade (Everett).
“Lucas is an athlete who expects a lot from himself, and to lose that first match, (after that) he was essentially battling disappointment,” Vidano said. “He was still pretty disappointed in the first set (against Park), but got over the disappointment in the second set and got over it more in the third set.
“He actually played his best tennis against Chung; he gave Patrick a good first set, but then the tank ran empty. Patrick was a little stronger than Lucas, and Lucas was fatigued.
“He had a great season. He wanted to win more (matches) at state, but that doesn’t diminish the great season he had. He should be proud of his overall results.”
Qazi and Noyd won their first match against Adam Lundquist and Dane Anderson of Curtis 6-1, 7-5. They then lost 6-2, 6-1 to Dylan Harlow and Matt Sham over Newport, then fell to Peter Cung and Grant Follis of Jackson 6-2, 6-4.
“Their first round opponents were not very strong,” Vidano said. “(Qazi and Noyd) played really tight; the score doesn’t tell the whole story. The result could’ve been more dominant, but they pulled out the win, which was good. They had never been here before, and they had some nerves, which was expected. In the second round match, they ran up against a team that will likely play for the championship. There was no shame in that match, but they could’ve made it a little closer.
“They played their best tennis in the third-round match, but they were awed of their opponents. They thought that maybe they were stronger than they actually were.”
Hunter Sears of Ephrata advanced to the consolation bracket in the boys singles tournament after starting off with a win over Jonathan Yu of Washington 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 but losing to Avery West of Sehome 6-0, 6-0.
Ephrata’s doubles team of Michael Bosnar and Matt Jones was eliminated in the second round after suffering defeats to Michael Konopaski and Marcus Konopaski of Port Angeles 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2 and to CJ Butler and Gus Cardoso of North Kitsap 7-5, 3-6, 7-5.
Chad Raven of Cashmere is in the boys singles consolation bracket after winning 6-1, 6-2 over Max Mielke of Davenport and losing against Bayard Blair of University Prep 7-5, 6-2.
Greg Sklar of Omak was eliminated after losing to Jose Godoy of Zillah 6-2, 6-3 and to Nick Marchi of Bush 8-0.
In doubles, Brian Norwood and Adam Ross of Cashmere posted an 8-0 win over Jeremy Davis and Gilbert Murillo of Entiat in the consolation bracket and play for fourth place Saturday against Andrew Vargas and Sean Singco of La Salle. The Bulldogs pair won its first match 6-2, 6-3 over Daniel Gimble and Jacob Martin of St. George’s, but then lost to Ethan Hayden and Keshav Ummat of Overlake 6-4, 7-6(7-2).
Before losing to Cashmere, Davis and Murillo won 6-2, 6-7, 6-2 over Kade Turner and Eric Glasgow of Kiona-Benton and lost 6-4, 6-2 against Mac Hewitt and Pranav Harikrishnan of Overlake.
Frank Rosas and Dillon Morrison of Chelan lost to Vargas and Singco of La Salle in the consolation bracket 9-8 (9-7). They beat Hunter Barr and Anton King of Medical Lake in the first round 1-6, 7-6, 6-3, but lost in the second round to Teddy Grenley and Phillip Grenley of Charles Wright 6-0, 6-1.
Morgan O’Dell and Gabe Holz of Omak were eliminated in the second round after losing to Vargas and Singco of La Salle 6-3, 6-2 and to Nathan Furbeyre and Peter Worrall of St. George’s 8-6.
On the girls side, Shalyn Goodall of Omak entered the finals round in singles play by winning beating Cydnee Kieffer of Odessa-Harrington 6-1, 6-0 and Margaret Busey of La Salle 6-0, 6-2. She plays Michele Lui of Forest Ridge in Saturday’s semifinal.
Megan Robinson of Chelan plays for fourth place Saturday against Tracy Melville of Lind-Ritzville-Sprague after beating Navi Lehal of Naches Valley in the consolation bracket 8-2. Robinson won 6-2, 6-2 over Felina Razey of Zillah and lost 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 to Hayley Newman of South Whidbey.
Molly Kenoyer of Cashmere and Megan Beyers of Tonasket will play for fifth and eighth places Saturday. Kenoyer lost in the first round 6-4, 6-4 to Tracy Melville of Lind-Ritzville-Sprague and won her second match 8-5 over Megan Elliott of Kiona-Benton. She then beat Faith Stein of Castle Rock 8-3. Beyers lost her first-round match 6-2, 6-1 to Samantha Weeks of Annie Wright and then won 8-3 over Jamie Skeie of Castle Rock. She then beat Darby Pierce of St. George’s 8-5.
The doubles team of Tasha Kowatsch and Sammy O’Bryan of Cashmere will play Madeline Ferry and Mika Inadomi of University Prep in the semifinals Saturday after winning their first two matches. They beat Tenika Smith and Ryann Richmond of Chewelah 6-1, 6-0 in the first round and beat Hannah Richards and Katie Richards of Naches Valley 6-3, 6-3 in their next match.
Haily Hassinger and Katie Whitten of Cascade will play in the Saturday’s other semifinal against Kelsey Malone and Sophie True of Seattle Academy. They won their first Friday match Jesica Busey and Olivia Martin of La Salle 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 and won their second match over Kelly Melville and Alanna Wheeler of Lind-Ritzville-Sprague 6-1, 6-1.
Erica Spanjer and Meg Green of Cashmere were eliminated in the third round after losing to Jesica Busey and Olivia Martin of La Salle 8-1. They lost their first match to Kelsey Malone and Sophie True of Seattle Academy 6-0, 6-1 and won the their second match over Erin Sprowls and Jasmine Nesbitt of King’s Way Christian 8-4.
Zoe Cheeseman and Luisa Cardenas of Okanogan were eliminated after losing to Becka Kenney and Bethany Kofmehi of Chewelah 6-4, 7-6; beating Jaky Calzadillas and Momo Calzadillas of Kiona-Benton 8-4; then losing to Johanna Brulotte and April Easter of Montesano 8-2.