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.”
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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.