Five things to watch in the tennis state tournaments this weekend.
Five things to watch in the high-school state tennis tournaments:
1 Stewart making two runs.
Mitch Stewart is on the run this week. Before heading to Richland to chase a second straight Class 4A tennis singles title, the Federal Way junior was to compete in the 1,600-meter final in the state track championships in Tacoma Thursday night.
Stewart, who has committed to Washington to play tennis, won the USTA Boys 16s National Clay Court Championship last summer. He had decided not to play tennis in his senior season, but changed his mind.
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“It didn’t feel right not playing high-school tennis for some reason, so I had to come back,” he said. “Now I’m trying to go win another state championship.”
2 Thorpe goes it alone.
Kennedy Catholic’s Jamie Thorpe played doubles with his brother Mitchell at the past two 3A state tournaments, and won a pair of titles. Mitchell now plays at UC Davis, and Jamie, a junior, has a shot at the singles crown in Kennewick.
3 Ditto for Newport’s Chan.
Angela Chan of Newport has also opted for singles this season. She won the 4A doubles title with Amie Vo last year. Sammi Hampton of Skyview is defending singles champ.
4 Islanders try to double up.
Mercer Island hopes to sweep 3A boys and girls crowns for the third year in a row. The Islander girls have won three in a row (30 overall) and have the defending singles champ in senior Nora Tan (who lost in the Sea-King final to Holy Names sophomore Catherine Allen). The boys are two-time defending state champs and have 22 titles overall.
5 Kamiak girls fight numbers game.
Numbers aren’t in their favor as the Kamiak Knights of Mukilteo go for a third straight 4A team title. They bring just one singles player (Sally Park) and one doubles team (Zoe Jovanovich/Elisabeth Norris).