For the first time in the history of the program, Colville will send two doubles teams to a state tournament.
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 Saturday’s State 1A Tournament in Yakima.
Erin Little and Liselotte Doggen, Colville’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 Lakeside’s March/Aguirre 5-7, 4-6 in their second match. In a loser-out match-up, the pair eliminated Chewelah’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 duo—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 Davenport’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 Lakeside’s March/Aguirre.
“That one came down to the finishing shots at the net,” Johnson said. “We just missed a few more than Lakeside. It was hard to watch the girls lose that one.”
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.
“This is the first time we have had two doubles teams go to State,” Johnson said. “It should be fun. Both of our doubles teams are very competitive and have the potential to win matches at the state tournament.”
In singles at the regional, Colville’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 alternate’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.