Colville qualifies two doubles teams to State
For the first time in the history of the program, Colville will send two doubles teams to a state tournament.
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The Indians, who won the Northeast A League and District 7 1A championship earlier this spring, got both of their doubles teams to Friday and Saturdayâ€™s State 1A Tournament in Yakima.
Erin Little and Liselotte Doggen, Colvilleâ€™s top singles players during the regular season before pairing up to play doubles in the post-season, advance out of the 1A regional as the no. 2 seeded team.
Little and Doggen downed a Rearden duo in their opener, 6-1, 6-3 before losing to Lakesideâ€™s March/Aguirre 5-7, 4-6 in their second match. In a loser-out match-up, the pair eliminated Chewelahâ€™s Kenny/Kofmehl 6-3, 6-1 to advance to State. On Saturday, Little/Doggen downed Bouchard/Kieffer of Odessa/Harrington, 6-3, 6-1 before facing a familiar duoâ€”teammates Athena Barbour and Sierra Keener.
The match for the second seed out of the regional to the State 1A Tournament was a fun one to watch, according to CHS head coach, Phil Johnson.
Little and Doggen were able to secure a 6-2, 6-4 win and second seed.
In their first round match, Barbour and Keener got past Davenportâ€™sBecker/Steadman 6-3, 6-3, before beating Bouchard/Kieffer of Odessa/Harrington, 6-3, 7-5. That win guaranteed the Colville duo a spot in the State field.
In their regional finale, Barbour/Keener lost a close 5-7, 5-7 decision to Lakesideâ€™s March/Aguirre.
â€śThat one came down to the finishing shots at the net,â€ť Johnson said. â€śWe just missed a few more than Lakeside. It was hard to watch the girls lose that one.â€ť
After their close loss to Little and Doggen, Barbour and Keener are third seeded to Yakima and the State 1A Tournament.
Four seeds qualify for State out of the A/B region.
â€śThis is the first time we have had two doubles teams go to State,â€ť Johnson said. â€śIt should be fun. Both of our doubles teams are very competitive and have the potential to win matches at the state tournament.â€ť
In singles at the regional, Colvilleâ€™s Tessa Moore lost her first match to Schultz of Reardan, 1-6, 4-6, before bouncing back for a 6-4, 6-0 win over her teammate, Allison Worden. She downed Worden, 6-4, 6-0.
Moore put up a battle against NEA Most Valuable Player Brianne Hart before falling, 1-6, 3-6.
In a battle for an alternateâ€™s spot to State, Moore showed off her potential, battling tough Jenna Lee of Freeman before losing, 6-4, 3-6, 3-6.
Worden faced eventual champion Mielke of Daveport, falling 1-6, 2-6.