Tiger tennis on to regionals

By Amy Veneziano

Staff Writer

CASHMERE – Several Tonasket tennis players are heading on to regionals and state following the district tournament in Cashmere last weekend.

In boys singles, second seed Zachary Ferriell had a bye into the quarter-finals, where he defeated his opponent 6-1 and 6-3.

Sixth seed Lee Leavell had a first-round bye, defeated second-round opponent 6-0 and 6-1 and defeated quarter-final opponent, a three seed, 6-4 and 6-0 in an upset, said head coach Laura Temby.

Tiger will take on Tiger in the semi-finals, when Leavell and Ferriell face off this weekend.

One boy will have a chance to play for the third spot to state.

Eighth seed Bret Hendricks had a first round by and defeated his second round opponent. He lost to Tyson McGuffin in the third round but will advance to the consolation semi-finals and could win a chance as the third seed to state.

Boy’s doubles team and fourth seed Jeff Hunlock and Zach Clarkson had a first round by and defeated their second round opponent. They fell in the quarter-finals and are in the consolation bracket. Winning there would send them on to state in the third spot.

Unseeded doubles team Karl Bharuch and Corbin Mirick lost in the first round, playing their best first set of the year, winning 6-4, Temby said.

The girls’ team didn’t do as well.

Unseeded single Jolynn Sullivan lost in the second round to the seventh seed. Unseeded single Kathy Lea Gibson lost in the first round but played her best-ever tennis, Temby said.

Fourth seed team Mayte Ortega and Stacia Nixon had a first-round bye and defeated their second-round opponent. In the quarter-final round they were defeated in a tight three-set match, Temby said. They will play a consolation round for the third spot to state this weekend, she said.

Unseeded team Melissa Martinez and Chelsea Rhoads defeated their first-round opponent but fell to the second seed, though they came close to a comeback in the second set.

Unseeded team Kelsey Galas and Ashlyn Salzman were defeated in the first round, but played their best tennis, Temby said.

The Tigers will continue on to regional play this weekend. State play begins May 24.