MANSON — The Goats got off to a solid start in the CTL Championships at Harmony Meadows Thursday afternoon, with nearly half of their entries going undefeated and earning a berth into the semifinals Saturday morning.
The top-4 finishers in each bracket (girls singles, doubles, boys singles, doubles) will move on to the district tournament next Wednesday.
Of the 15 players Chelan took to Manson, Emma McLaren, Sierra / Elle Rothlisberger, Abby Martin / Bella Gatzemeier, Wyatt Habich and Tobin Wier all advanced to the semis. The pair of Steven Williams / Eli Phelps lost in their second round match and will be forced to work through the consolation bracket to earn either third or fourth place.
After receiving a first-round bye, both McLaren and Habich, who were each seeded No. 1 in their respective bracket, advanced into the semis with dominant wins over Sophie Graybill of Cashmere and Dylan Hinger of Okanogan.
Both of the Lady Goats doubles teams; (Sierra / Elle Rothlisberger) and (Martin / Gatzemeier) earned a berth into the semifinals also as the Rothlisberger sisters defeated Cashmere’s Neu / Sites in straight sets (6-4, 6-0) and Martin / Gatzemeier beat Okanogan’s Wyllson / Perez in the second round.
“That was some of (Martin / Gatzemeier’s) best tennis of the season,” head coach Marty Rothlisberger said.
Wier joined Habich in the boys’ singles semifinals after punching his ticket with a commanding win over Josh Pederson, Cascade.
Williams / Phelps entered the tournament as the No. 5 seed in boys’ doubles, and played well in their first match of the day, beating Priebe / Holton of Cascade in straight-sets. But the duo fell in their second match of the day, forcing the pair to take the long route in the consolation bracket.
Seniors Katelyn Deal and Tyler Higgins showed a lot of fight but were knocked out of the tournament following first-round exits.
“Katelyn played outstanding tennis in her final set of the season and has been a vital component of our varsity the past two seasons,” Rothlisberger said. “She will be missed. Tyler had a great senior season and an outstanding tennis career for the Goats.”
Underclassmen Ally Williams / Ruby Wier and Aiden Peterson / Nate Harding were also knocked out in their opening-round matchups, though Rothlisberger is looking forward to the years to come for all four.
“They have made huge strides this season and have many years of great tennis in front of them,” Rothlisberger said. “Harding and Peterson will return next year (also) and help anchor a talented Goats squad that is only losing two senior boys.
The CTL Championships wrap up on Saturday with matches beginning at 10 a.m. All of the Chelan entrants in the semifinals can clinch a district berth with a win. A loss in the semifinals would force the player(s) to win a consolation match in order to secure a spot at districts.