WENATCHEE - In what Wa-Hi girls tennis coach Keven Peck believes is the first time in the school's history, the Blue Devils are sending two doubles teams to the regional tournament after district play concluded here Monday.
Wa-Hi's No. 1 team of Claire Konen and Rachel Schueller finished second, while Chantel Desjarlais and Allison Mehn took third to advance.
"I believe this is the first time the girls' tennis program has ever taken two doubles teams to regionals," Wa-Hi coach Keven Peck said. "It is a huge accomplishment for the girls and the program. I am really proud of the girls and their efforts. They showed a great deal our courage and determination to overcome a long day, extreme heat, and some great competition."
Konen and Schueller defeated a Davis duo, 6-1, 6-1, in the semifinal before losing to a difference Davis team, 6-4, 7-5, in the final.
Desjarlais and Mehn lost their semifinal match the Davis team that defeated Konen and Schueller in the final, 7-5, 6-2. They turned it around and downed a Richland duo, 6-4, 6-3, and a Davis team, 6-4, 6-0, for third place.
"Claire (Konen) and Rachel (Schueller) played really well on the day," Peck said. "They had a strong showing in the semifinal, but ran into a tough Davis team in the final.
"I was really proud of Claire and Rachel," he said. "They were down 4-1 in the second set and they could have tossed in the towel. Instead, they showed a lot of courage and rallied to get the set to 5-4. Unfortunately, Davis countered by raising their game, as good teams do, and ran off three in a row. Claire and Rachel will take the second seed into regional play and that is still a great accomplishment.
"No less of an accomplishment is the third-place finish of Chantel Desjarlais and Allion Mehn," Peck said. "Chantel and Allison had to win out through the quarterfinal playback bracket after losing the semifinal match to Davis in the morning. I think the temperature topped out at around 87, but it felt like 107 when you have been playing in 50 degree temperatures all season.
"Chantel and Allison Didn't let their semifinal loss get them down," he said. "They knew it would be a tough day, but in the end it would be worth it. They take the third and final spot into regional play next Saturday."
Regional begins at noon Saturday at Central Valley High in Spokane.