In their first year of playing doubles together, Richland’s Travis Zuroske and Zach Fisher made a pretty good pair, finishing third Saturday at the 4A state tournament in Richland.
The Bombers reached the semifinals on Friday, winning both of their matches, but a trip to the finals wasn’t in the cards.
Dylan Harlow and Matt Sham of Newport held off Zurokse and Fisher 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the title match against teammates David An and Alex Namba.
“It was a tough semi,” Fisher said. “In all of our wins, we just cruised. After we won the first set, there was anticipation of the finals. We just couldn’t pull it out.”
Zuroske and Fisher turned around and made quick work of Luke Brittan and Jordan Strandness of Lewis & Clark — 6-0, 6-0 — to pick up the bronze medals.
“Travis had a return shot on triple match point right in the corner,” Fisher said. “It was a bullet. It was a great shot. Being that it was Travis’ final match, we wanted to go put with a win. It was a lot of fun.”
The finish was the best either had done at state. Last year, Fisher and Brett Meyer finished seventh in doubles, while Zuroske was 1-2 in singles.
An and Namba beat Harlow and Sham for the gold, 6-1, 6-3. The Grizzlies also walked away with team title, scoring 19 points, five better than runner-up Skyline.
In singles, junior Mitch Stewart of Federal Way won his second-consecutive title, beating Alex Marcinkowski of Gonzaga Prep 6-2, 6-1.
Skyview won the girls team title, helped by sophomore Sammi Hampton, who picked up her second-consecutive title with a 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 win over Newport’s Angela Chen.
In the doubles finals, Fiona Cerf and Alexia Fife of Garfield defeated Sam Garrard and Kelsey Wilson of Issaquah 6-2, 6-2. Cerf and Fife were third last year.