Putting the icing on a perfect regular season (10-0), Sequim’s girls tennis team finished strong at the Olympic League tourney final in Silverdale on April 29, with singles and doubles championships, and top-four finishes for all four entries to take the 2021 league title.
“There were some good teams in the tournament, especially the Bainbridge Island (players),” Sequim coach Mark Textor said.
Top-seeded Sequim senior Kalli Wiker lost just three points in four matches en route to a league singles title. The former state champ (2019 doubles, with teammate Jessica Dietzman) beat Tara Advani of Kingston (6-0, 6-0), Rachel Youngman of North Mason (6-0, 6-0) and Elli Prickett of Bainbridge (6-0, 6-2) before routing previously undefeated Ella Parker of Bainbridge 6-1, 6-0 in the league final.
“Even though it was 6-1, 6-0 there were a lot of great points (in the final),” Textor said.
“Some good, high quality tennis. A lot of people didn’t know who was going to win that one but I thought Kalli was best player there.”
Wiker finishes the 2021 season with a 14-0 singles record.
She finishes her prep career with just one loss, that coming in the state 2A finals when she was a freshman. She’ll play at George Fox next year.
“Kalli is the best player I’ve ever coached, and I’ve been coaching for a long, long time,” Textor said. “I think she’ll do really well there (in college).”
Sisters McKenna and Kendall Hastings, also top-ranked in the tourney, won four matches in straight sets for a league title. The pair topped Klahowya’s Jessica Haynes and Whitney Henrichsen 6-2, 6-0 and Olympic’s Nicole Barber and Alexis Valenzuela to advance to the semifinals, there they topped Bainbridge’s Lily Alnwick and Annie Galbraith 6-2, 6-3. In the finals, the Hastings duo topped Kingston’s Elle Brockman and Bree Jorgensen, 6-3 and 6-1.
“They’re just tough,” Textor said of his No. 1 doubles team. “They get everything back, they’re aggressive at the net. They’re really consistent and they’re athletic.”
McKenna Hastings, a senior and Kendall, a sophomore, combined to finish 14-0 for the 2021 season.
SHS senior Olivia Preston, seeded 10th, won four of six matches to take fourth place overall, losing only to Bainbridge’s Parker in the quarterfinals.
Preston rebounded in the consolation bracket to win three straight — including a three-set thriller over edge Kingston’s Sierra Denning (0-6, 6-4, 10-8) and another against Bainbridge’s Prickett (0-6, 6-3, 11-9) — to advance to the consolation finals, where she fell to Olympic’s Ryleigh Barrett in straight sets (6-0, 7-5).
“Olivia came from behind two or three times; she fought, fought, fought. She had a great tournament,” Textor said.
Preston finished the spring season with a 13-3 singles record.
In doubles play, Allie Gale and Melissa Porter, seeded seventh, topped Bremerton’s Jocelyn and Patricia Reyes (6-1, 6-4) and Olympic’s Cloie Caldewell and Alain Pajimula (6-4, 5-7, 6-4) before dropping a three-set match in the semis to Kingston’s Brockman and Jorgensen (4-6, 6-4, 6-2).
“We almost got a chance to play ourselves in the final,” Textor said.
Gale and Porter rebounded to win a match in the consolation bracket for fourth place, falling to Izzy Alverts and Teegan Skjonsby (6-4, 7-5).
After going 3-2 at the league tourney, Gale, a junior, and Porter, a senior, finish the 2021 season with a 4-2 doubles record.
“I was most impressed with my No. 2s; nobody gave our (No. 2 singles and doubles entries) a chance except for us,” Textor said. “They all had a great tournament (and) they got to play a ton of tennis.”