Blue Devils net seventh at Tri-Cities Invite

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KENNEWICK — Doug Rowley at No. 4 singles and Nick Fuller and Andrew Bateman at first doubles led Wa-Hi’s effort here Saturday at the two-day Tri-Cities Invitational tennis tournament.

Rowley won his first three matches before losing in the championship match to place second in his singles bracket. Likewise, Fuller and Bateman notched three consecutive wins at No. 2 doubles before bowing in the finals.

Their play helped Wa-Hi tally 146 points — boys and girls matches combined — and finish seventh among 16 teams entered in the huge field.

Wenatchee led the way with 202 points, followed by Mead 187, Richland 165, Centennial of Boise 157, Capital of Boise 155, Borah of Boise 148, Wa-Hi 146, Central Valley 144, Kamiakin 129, Southridge 128, University 120, Kennewick 113, Ferris 111, Hanford 110, Chiawana 82 and Pasco 73.

Wa-Hi’s Connor Christiensen placed eighth at No. 1 singles while Micah Rambo at No. 2 and Gerrod Peck at No. 4 failed to place. Zach Anderson and Lane Dawes finished fourth at No. 2 doubles.

In girls play for Wa-Hi, Danielle Thongdy finished fourth at No. 4 singles and Allison Mehn and Rachel Schueller placed fourth at No. 1 doubles. Jazmin Duran, Catelyn Buettner and Hailey Lewis did not place in first, second and third singles, respectively, nor did Jaime Quaresma and Lexi Swenson at No. 2 doubles.

In mixed doubles play, Mari Arceo and Cole Wolfle placed fourth at No. 2 while Rosa Tobin and Malcolm Gabbard failed to place at No. 1

“This was an opportunity for our athletes to compete for two straight days against quality opponents,” Wa-Hi boys coach Bryan Eggart said. “I thought we had a strong showing and I was very pleased with the effort from all Wa-Hi participants.

“I was especially pleased with Andrew Bateman and Nick Fuller at first doubles. That specific bracket had a number of quality opponents, and to place second was quite an accomplishment.

“And Doug Rowley in the No. 4 singles bracket played to his full potential.”

Girls coach Keven Peck was also pleased.

“This tournament is always a great opportunity to see different competition and play a lot of matches in a short time,” Peck said. “Saturday is always a long and exhausting day, but it was worth every minute for the mental and physical experience we gained.

“In addition to that, we had some players finish very well. Danielle Thongdy continued to play well in the No. 4 singles spot, defeating tough competition from Wenatchee and Pasco, and Mari Arceo and Cole Wolfle in mixed doubles teamed up to beat a scrappy Centennial team to take fourth place.

“We played a lot of tennis and got to play against some good competition. The most important thing is that we used this tournament to get better as a team.”

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