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Girls tennis: Chan, Guan duo takes sixth at districts, alternates to state
Sequim opened the 2A West Central District tournament against familiar faces last weekend on May 23-24 at the Kitsap Tennis Club.
Karen Chan and Melanie Guan played the first round against fellow Wolves Maggie Christie and Heidi Stallman after the pair won a playoff to enter districts.
Sequim head coach Justine Wagner said the match was close with Chan/Guan winning in three sets 6-1, 5-7 and 10-7.
Chan and Guan went on to earn sixth place and an alternate spot to the 2A state tennis championships on May 30-31 in Seattle.
Last year, they went 1-2 at districts.
In the second round, Chan/Guan lost 6-4, 6-7, 10-7 to Washington High School's top team. In consolation Chan and Guan defeated Lindbergh’s Mint Pearyoo and Jessica Tiamzon 6-0, 6-1, and Chimacum/ Port Townsend's Sarah Allen and Rachel Maki 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
In the consolation finals, Chan and Guan lost to Hao Trieu and Cecilia Vu of Evergreen 7-6 (7-5), 6-0.After losing to Chan and Guan, Christie and Stallman defeated Klahowya's Kate Gallegos and Danielle Frederick 6-2, 6-3 before losing to Trieu and Vu 6-0, 6-1.
Had Christie and Stallman won that match, they would have seen a rematch with Chan and Guan for the final spot to state.
Wagner said the girls were a little disappointed in the outcome with three of the four seniors.
"I think even though those three are disappointed, they are also happy with how they played," she said. "It was the best I have seen them perform."
Kingston's Sarah Hamal and Chelsea Rosebrook took the No. 1 seed into state.
Sequim tennis isn't done though.
Brandon Payne and Matthew Richard earned the fourth seed into the boys 2A state finals after going 4-1 at districts on Nov. 1-2 and Nov. 4, 2013. They represent the first Sequim boys to play tennis at state since the 2010-2011 season.
The Sequim girls finished fourth in the Olympic League 5-3 and 9-3 overall.
Wagner said even though they didn't win the league, the Wolves saw some key victories — such as being the only team to defeat North Kitsap and sending two of their four entries at league on to districts.
"The group of girls was absolutely phenomenal," Wagner said. "I really could not have asked for a better group of people."
Sequim loses seven seniors from its 11 varsity spots so next year but Wagner said they have a couple postseason play returners that will hopefully step up big.