Wa-Hi doubles team of Konen, Cummings off to state

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WENATCHEE - Wa-Hi's girls doubles tennis team of Tianna Cummings and Claire Konen finished second at the Columbia Basin/Greater Spokane Regional tournament here Saturday.

The duo won a match against a Mead team, 6-4, 6-3, to advance to the championship match. The Blue Devil team fell to Davis' Erica Demond and Megumi Demond, 6-2, 7-5.

"I am really proud of the way Tianna (Cummings) and Claire (Konen) handled the adversity of the day," Wa-Hi girls tennis coach Keven Peck said. "The new structure of the regional tournament gave Tianna and Claire, as the district champions, a first-round bye.

"Then, at the end of the second-round of play, the rain came and forced the tournament inside," he said. "There was a lot of sitting and waiting and I think that hurt us.

"We started off well against Mead's (team), beating them 6-4, 6-3. But, Tianna and Claire didn't really start getting in sync until the last few games.

"Then with the rain and limited indoor courts, we had to wait for about four hours before the regional championship match," Peck said. "Take nothing away from Meg and Erica DeMond from Davis - they played really well and avenged their district championship loss to us.

"During the match, we always seemed to be in the right spots, but could not execute the winning shot. Each time Tianna and Claire would find a way to raise the level of their game, the DeMonds would do the same. Both teams are evenly matched.

"It always comes down to who will be better on the day. Today just wasn't our day. As they have all year, though, Tianna and Claire battled until the end. I am very proud of them for their ‘never quit' work ethic. They represented themselves and Walla Walla High School very well."

The state tournament is Friday and Saturday at Vancouver Tennis Center in Vancouver, Wash.

"At the end of a tough day, Tianna and Claire are still headed to state and that is something to be celebrated," Peck said. "I know how that when the emotions of a tough loss wear off, Tianna and Claire will be excited to get back to work so they can take their best tennis to the state tournament."

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