Tennis: Dietzman, Wiker take district tourney title

A league title was just the beginning.

Sequim sophomore Jessica Dietzman and freshman Kalli Wiker added another title to their stellar spring — district champs — as they earned a preeminent seed at the class 2A state tennis tournament this week.

The Sequim doubles duo went 3-0 at the West Central District tournament in Bremerton on May 18 and 19, and look to earn a top spot among the state’s best players at the Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle when the state tourney gets under way May 25.

The Sequim pair opens play May 25 against Maya Becerra and Anna Marie Rutherford of Sedro-Woolley.

At the district tourney — held at the Kitsap Tennis Center May 18-19 — Dietzman and Wiker got a first-round bye, then topped Monita Keo and Susan Nguyen of Foster handily in straight sets (6-0, 6-2).

In the district semifinals, Dietzman and Wiker dispatched Lily Beaulieu and Emily Shaleen of Kingston, 6-2, 6-1.

In the championship match, Sequim’s duo survived a pair of tough sets against Bremerton’s Darija Maric and Jasmine Palaganas, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5), for the title.

“They played well; that’s the first time this year they’ve had to face some adversity,” Sequim coach Mark Textor said.

Dietzman and Wiker are now 15-0 on the season.

“This team has the grit to do some damage (at state),” Textor said.

With just four entries, the Olympic League took the top four district berths to state, with the South Puget Sound League taking one.

Sequim’s boys doubles team of Thomas Hughes and Blake Wiker, who completed their prep season in the fall, join Sequim’s girls at the 2A state tourney in Seattle.

Highes and Wiker open their tournament against Aaron Fillmore and Dixon Gerber of Cheney.

See state tourney results at