Blue Devils take two girls doubles teams into battle for regional berth

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WENATCHEE - Wa-Hi's girls tennis team takes two doubles teams back to Wenatchee for the second day of district tournament play today after opening-day play Saturday.

The Blue Devils' No. 1 team of Claire Konen and Rachel Schueller entered Saturday's play seeded second. They defeated a Richland team, 6-1, 6-1, and an Eisenhower squad, 6-0, 6-2 to advance.

Chantel Desjarlais and Allison Mehn teamed up for a straight-set win over a Bombers duo, a 6-0, 6-2 win over a team from Ike and a 6-2, 6-3 win over a Moses Lake team.

"Day one of district play is the longest day of the season," Wa-Hi coach Keven Peck said. "I was really proud of how the girls handled the long wait between matches - they were all able to refocus when match time came and put in a valiant effort. But, the competition is tough and only the best make it through to Monday."

Tournament semifinals are today.

"After their first-round bye, they (Konen and Schuller) played well, giving up only four games on the day," Peck said. "Sometimes being seeded can work against you. Claire and Rachel sat for four-and-a-half hours before playing their first match. They both did a nice job of knocking off the cobwebs and playing like a seeded team.

"Our No. 2 doubles team of Chantel Desjarlais and Allison Mehn had a tougher road to the semifinals, but they both played really well, giving up only seven games in three matches and proving why they were undefeated in league play," he said.

In singles play, Wa-Hi Danielle Thongdy won her opening match against a Chiawana foe before falling to a Cadet.

Jennifer Bautista lost matches against players from Wenatchee and Moses Lake to end her season.

Jazmin Duran and Hailey Lewis both lost two matches in their season finales.

Wa-Hi's doubles teams of Mari Arceo and Rosa Tobin and Jamie Quaresma and Lexi Swenson picked up one match victory after dropping their openers, but did not place.

"We will head back up to Wenatchee on Monday morning and prepare ourselves for another long day," Peck said. "There are some very good teams left to play and it should make for a great day of tennis."

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