Prep tennis: Richland boys, Southridge girls win regional titles

May 18, 2013 

The Richland boys captured the 4A regional title Saturday as Travis Zuroske and Zach Fisher picked up the doubles title and sophomore Trent Prussing finished second in singles.

All three will play in the 4A state tournament Friday and Saturday at Richland and Hanford high schools.

Zuroske, a senior, and Fisher, a junior, lost their first set 4-6 to Lewis & Clark’s Luke Brittan and Jordan Strandness, but rallied to win the next two sets 6-3, 6-3.

Prussing lost his first match to Alex Marcinkowski of Gonzaga Prep 6-1, 6-0, but earned the second seed with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Tyler Wilson of Lewis & Clark.

In the girls 4A tournament, the Mead girls won the team title, qualifying two singles players and one doubles team to state.

Walla Walla’s Allison Mehn and Rachel Schueller, who lost their first match to Mead’s Dana Norris and Heather Birge 6-0, 6-2, rebounded for a 6-1, 6-3 win over Richland’s Hailey Thompson and Madeline Quick to earn the second seed to state.

“Rachel and Allison struggled for the first time all season in the first match against Mead,” Wa-Hi coach Keven Peck said. “Sometimes that happens. There is a lot more pressure in the postseason and I think it impacted their play. However, I was really proud of the way they responded in the second match against Richland. As they always do, they regrouped and found a way to win.”

In singles, district champion Danielle Thongdy of Walla Walla lost both matches, missing out on a trip to state.

“Danielle had a rough two matches,” Peck said. “She ran up against two tough Mead players and wasn’t able to advance to the state tournament.”

3A Regionals

Hanford’s Sierra Troxel won her third consecutive regional title, beating Mercedee Smith of University 6-0, 6-1.

Troxel, who was third at state last year, will try and improve on that finish at the 3A tournament Friday and Saturday at Tri-City Court Club, which will host the singles matches.

The state boys and girls doubles matches will be played at Kamiakin High School and will feature two girls teams from Southridge, which won the regional title Saturday at Kennewick High.

Kennewick’s Stephanie Buckingham picked up the second seed, beating Laurent Stubbers of University 6-0, 6-0 and Smith 6-2, 6-0.

On the day, the Spokane players won just three games off Troxel and Buckingham.

In doubles, the Southridge duo of Sarah Morgan and Sofia Morrison won 6-0, 6-0 over Nesha Howard and Madeline Ritter of Shadle Park, and will be joined at state by teammates Bailee Sanderson and Shyler, who won both of their matches, including a 6-3, 6-1 win over Howard and Ritter in second-place match.

“It was absolutely a great day for our team,” Southridge coach Chuck Hamaker-Teals said. “And a great story for Bailee and Shyler, who were third going into to districts and winning a state berth.”

The 3A boys, which get three singles players and three doubles teams to state, saw Kennewick take the No. 1 and No. 3 seeds in singles and Hanford, which won the regional title, finish 1-2 in doubles.

Kennewick’s Chad McKenzie won the singles title, beating teammate Jared Bolt 6-1, 6-1 in the semis, and Austin Carlen of Mount Spokane 6-0, 6-0 in the finals. Bolt came back to earn the third seed, beating Southridge’s Ethan Ling 6-3, 6-0.

It is the first time since 2010 that the Lions have qualified any boys for state.

In doubles, Hanford’s Shane Sandlin and Kevin Sands defeated teammates Quinten Dicken and Darko Stankovic 7-5, 7-5, 6-2 in the finals.

The Kamiakin team of Ben Welch and Matt Inman finished third, topping James Story and Matt Graham of Mount Spokane 6-0, 6-1.


Boys champion: Richland. Singles—Championship match (winner to state): Alex Marcinkowski (GP) d. Trent Prussing (R) 6-1, 6-0. Elimination match: Tyler Wilson (LC) d. Greg Giucci (R) 6-1, 6-1. Second place (winner to state): Prussing (R) d. Wilson 6-1, 7-5. Doubles—Championship match (winner to state): Travis Zuroske-Zach Fisher (R) d. Luke Brittan-Jordan Strandness (LC) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Elimination match: Jacob Larson-Kenny Woodhead (LC) d. Bateman-Fuller (WW) 6-4, 6-1. Second place (winner to state): Luke Brittan-Jordan Strandness (LC) d. Jacob Larson-Kenny Woodhead (LC) 6-2, 6-4.

Girls champion: Mead. Singles—Championship match (winner to state): Micca Motzer (Mead) d. Danielle Thongdy (WW) 6-0, 6-0. Elimination match: Mackenzie Draper (Mead) d. Julie Campos (Chi). Second place (winner to state): Draper (Mead) d. Thongdy (WW) 6-1, 6-1. Doubles—Championship match (winner to state): Dana Norris-Heather Birge (Mead) d. Allison Mehn-Rachel Schueller (WW) 6-0, 6-2. Elimination match: Hailey Thompson-Madeline Quick (Rich) d. Kayley Lenhart-Jill Louthian (Fer) 6-3, 7-6 (2). Second place (winner to state): Allison Mehn-Rachel Schueller (WW) d. Hailey Thompson-Madeline Quick (Rich) 6-1, 6-3.


Boys champion: Hanford. Singles— First round: Jared Bolt (Ken) d. Taylor Redman (SP) 6-4, 6-4; Ethan Ling (SR) d. Chris Osborn (U) 7-6, 7-5. Semifinals: Chad McKenzie (Ken) d. Jared Bolt (Ken) 6-1, 6-1; Austin Carlen (Mt.S) d. Ethan Ling (SR) 3-6, 7-6, 7-6. Championship match (both to state): Chad McKenzie (Ken) d. Austin Carlen (Mt.S) 6-0, 6-0. Third place (winner to state): Jared Bolt (Ken) d. Ethan Ling (SR) 6-3, 6-0. Doubles—First round: Ben Welch-Matt Inman (Kam) d. Andy Jackson-Bradley Earl (U) 6-1, 6-0; Quinten Dicken-Darko Stankovic (H) d. Krop-Cordier (Mt.S) 6-0, 6-0. Semifinals: Shane Sandlin-Kevin Sands (H) d. Ben Welch-Matt Inman (Kam) 6-1, 6-1; Quinten Dicken-Darko Stankovic (H) d. James Story-Matt Graham (Mt.S) 6-0, 6-0. Championship match (both teams to state): Shane Sandlin-Kevin Sands (H) d. Quinten Dicken-Darko Stankovic (H) 7-5, 5-7, 6-2. Third place (winner to state): Ben Welch-Matt Inman (Kam) d. James Story-Matt Graham (Mt.S) 6-0, 6-1.

Girls champion: Southridge. Singles—Championship match (winner to state): Sierra Troxel (H) d. Mercedee Smith (U) 6-0, 6-1. Elimination match: Stephanie Buckingham (K) d. Laurent Stubbers (U) 6-0, 6-0. Second place (winner to state): Stephanie Buckingham (K) d. Mercedee Smith (U) 6-2, 6-0. Doubles—Championship match (winner to state): Sarah Morgan-Sofia Morrison (SR) d. Nesha Howard-Madeline Ritter (SP) 6-0, 6-0. Elimination match: Bailee Sanderson-Shyler Sullivan (SR) d. Julia Brim-Leah Wurst (Mt.S) 6-4, 6-2. Second place (winner to state): Bailee Sanderson-Shyler Sullivan (SR) d. Nesha Howard-Madeline Ritter (SP) 6-3, 6-1.

2A District 5/6

EPHRATA — Othello’s Yanitta Cantu and Amelia Roylance just missed out on a trip to the 2A state tournament, losing a qualifying match to Dannielle Tanasse and Makenzie Kinloch of West Valley (Yakima) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

State qualifying matches — winners to state Boys District 5/6

Singles — Hunter Sears (Eph) d. Chris Myers (WV-S) 6-1, 6-1; Ryan Adams (Clk) d. Nick Huylar (Top) 6-1, 6-1. Doubles — Gavin Reynolds-CJ Stauffer (Top) d. Alex Downs-Marcus Dreps 6-4, 6-3; Joseph Chung-Jamison Simanson (Pul) d. Carter Verbrugge-Josh Latimper (WV-Y) 6-4, 6-2.

Girls District 5/6

Singles — McKenzie Keiser (Sel) d. Caroline Goyette (WV-Y) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. Doubles — Dannielle Tanasse-Makenzie Kinloch (WV-Y) d. Yanitta Cantu-Amelia Roylance 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.


Kiona-Benton’s Megan Elliott defeated Navi Lehal of Naches Valley 6-3, 7-5 to finish third and earn a trip to state next weekend in Yakima.

Boys: Singles—Championship match (both to state): Brandon Stewart (LS) d. Jose Godoy (Z) 5-7, 6-1, 6-4. Third/fourth (both to state): Dakota McAndie (GD) d. Kyle Rasmussen (H) 6-0, 2-6, 6-2. Doubles—Championship match (both to state): Andrew Vargas-Sean Singco (LS) d. Cade Turner/Eric Glasgow (KB) 6-3, 6-4. Third/four (both to state): Dakota Hietzman-Trevor Hietzman (GR) d. Johnny Pacheco-Erick Quezada (GR).

Girls: Singles—Championship match (both to state): Felina Razey (Z) d. Margaret Busey (LS) 6-2, 0-6, 7-5. Third/fourth (both to state): Megan Elliott (KB) d. Navi Lehal (NV) 6-3, 7-5. Doubles—Championship match (both to state): Jesica Busey-Olivia Martin (LS) d. Hannah Richards-Katie Richards (NV) 6-4, 6-1. Third/fourth (both to state): Jaky Calzadillas-Momo Calzadillas (KB) d. Caitlin Meyers-Kiersten Ritchie (Z) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

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