Hanford tennis coach Bill Fletcher will need a few extra sets of eyes today to keep track of his team, with two singles players and two doubles teams taking the court at 8:30 a.m. today.
The Falcons have Sierra Troxel playing in the girls singles semifinals at Tri-City Court Club, while the girls doubles team of Alex Sharpe and Acacia Dettman made their way to the semifinals at Kamiakin High School.
In the boys doubles, Quinten Dicken and Shane Sandlin are in the semifinals in their first trip to state.
In boys singles, Luke Thompson, a pre-tournament favorite before he dropped his opening match, is in the hunt for fifth place after winning two loser-out matches.
“It will be kind of crazy, but it’s a nice thing,” Fletcher said. You have to tell one of them you won’t be there. The decision has already been made. I will go where I can be the most help (doubles). The good thing, is three of them will have two matches (today) no matter what. We just have to see how they handle it.”
Troxel, who is 22-0 this season, cruised through her first two matches Friday, beating Cello Lockwood of Holy Names 6-0, 6-0, then followed with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Meera Limaye of Shorecrest to reach the semifinals.
“It’s cool have to such great players make it this far and be able to play them,” Troxel said. “I feel great. I’m just trying to stay loose and make sure my footwork is on.”
Troxel will play Nora Tan of Mercer Island in today’s semis.
“Me and Nora are good friends,” Troxel said. “We play USTA together. She’s an amazing player with her one-handed backhand.”
Tan also had an easy first day, beating Alise McCoy of Bonney Lake 6-0, 6-0, and Maggie Henderson of Auburn Mountainview 6-1, 6-0.
“I was working on all of my shots,” Tan said. “It’s nice to have a couple of rounds to get into the rhythm of things. I’m looking forward to playing Sierra. We will have a great time.”
Also in girls singles, Kennewick’s Stephanie Buck-ingham won her first match 5-7, 7-6, 6-4 over Esther Kwon of Camas in a marathon that took 3 hours and 15 minutes.
Buckingham lost her quarterfinal match 6-2, 6-3 to Catherine Allen of Holy Names, before winning her consolation match 6-2, 6-3 over Ester Hotova of Yelm. Buckingham will play Limaye for fourth/seventh today.
Thompson was not having a good time in boys singles, dropping a 6-1, 6-2 match to Zack Kosanke right out of the gate.
He rallied back with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Dylan Mozlowski of Glacier Peak, then eliminated Trevor Jones of Mountain View 6-1, 6-0.
“We had a talk,” Fletcher said. “This is where champions are made. To bounce back and do extraordinary things. Luke sets a high standard. He wanted more people going to state with him. This is a product of him. He is the only one who lost today and I’m proud of the way he was able to bounce back. He’s good enough to know these things happen and he has to move on.”
Thompson will play Juan Ramirez of Shorecrest today in the fifth/eighth-place match.
Dicken and Sandlin struggled a bit in their first set of the day, then found their groove in a 7-5, 6-0 win over Keet Curtis and Ben DeVries of Bainbridge Island. They followed with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Tanner Hanson and Erik Arntsen of Ferndale.
“They were both pretty easy,” Dicken said of their matches. “We were both good at the net.”
On a warm but windy afternoon, the Hanford duo, who is 15-0 this season and has not dropped a set, felt right at home on the Kamiakin courts.
“We’ve played a lot of matches here,” Sandlin said. “We had districts here a couple weeks ago. The wind was good on one side (of the court), and you can put a spin on the ball.”
Quinten and Sandlin will play Matt Alderson and Jacob Christensen of Bainbridge Island in the semis.
“It will be a tough match,” Sandlin said. “We will have to play pretty well.”
Dettman and Sharpe had a tougher road to the semis than their teammates, working hard for a 6-4, 6-2 win over Emma Raivio and Milla Benedetti of Mountain View in their first set.
They followed with a 7-5, 6-2 quarterfinal win over Francesca O’Malley and Daniella Brenglemann of Shorewood.
“It has been several years since we’ve had this many at this point of the tournament,” Fletcher said. “They all are peaking at the right time. That’s the fun part of it.”
Southridge’s Sofia Morrison and Sarah Morgan lost their first match 6-3, 6-1 to Shiori and Akari Baba of Prairie, but bounced back with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Kate Jameson and Jordan Ferguson of Bainbridge Island.
The Suns will play for fifth place today after beating Taylor and Katie Hinds of Seattle Prep 7-5, 6-3.
In boys doubles, defending state champions Mitchell and Jamie Thorpe posted wins of 6-2, 6-0 and 6-4, 6-4 to reach the semifinals.
“We had a good match in the second round,” said Mitchell Thorpe, who is headed to UC Davis in the fall to play tennis. “The wind was bothersome, but we fought through it.”
The Thorpes will play Kyle Baska and Marcus Almquist of Mercer Island in the semifinals.