WALLA WALLA - Wa-Hi's No. 2 mixed doubles team finished first over the weekend at the Tri-Cities Invitational tennis tournament.
The duo of John Meliah and Chantel Desjarlais teamed up to defeat doubles pairs from Wenatchee, Kennewick, Borah, Idaho, and Mead High of Spokane - all in straight sets - to win their division and help the Blue Devils to a seventh-place finish in the team scoring.
Wa-Hi also got a second-place finish from Nick Fuller in the boys' No. 4 singles division and a second-place finish by Claire Konen and Drew Swenson in No. 1 mixed doubles. Also, Mari Arceo and Rosa Tobin at girls No. 2 doubles finished third and Doug Rowley and James Tupper-Bridges at boys No. 1 doubles finished fourth.
Zach Anderson at boys No. 3 singles won two of his three matches, but his placing was unavailable.
Also competing but not placing for the Wa-Hi boys were Blake Rowley at No. 1 singles, Josh Kuznetsov at No. 2 singles and Lane Dawes and Connor Christensen at No. 2 doubles.
For the girls, Lexi Swenson at No. 1 singles, Jaime Quaresma at No. 2 singles, Danielle Thongdy at No. 3 singles and Hailey Lewis at No. 4 singles failed to place, as did Allison Mehn and Rachel Schueller at No. 1 doubles.
"The Blue Devils were well represented in this year's version of the Tri-Cities Invitational," Wa-Hi boys coach Ted Cummings said. "Both of our mixed doubles teams made the finals.
"John (Meliah) and Chantel (Desjarlais) won their first three matches in dominating fashion and Drew (Swenson) and Claire (Konen) rolled through their first three opponents before losing to Kennewick's Stephanie Buckingham and Brock Schuh, who are their (school's) respective top singles players."
"The Tri-City Invite is always a great opportunity to see different competition and play a lot of matches in a short time," added Keven Peck, Wa-Hi's girls coach. "It is a long, exhausting day, but it is well worth it for the mental and physical experience we gain."
Wenatchee, Borah and Hanford tied for first place in the team standings with 175 points each. Richland narrowly missed making it a four-way tie at the top by placing fourth with 174 points.
Mead was fifth at 169 points, followed by Ferris 150, Wa-Hi 146, Kamiakin 143, Southridge 135, Central Valley 131, University 129, Kennewick 119, Centennial 98, Capital 90, Chiawana 72 and Pasco 68.