RICHLAND — The Walla Walla High School double tandem of Allison Mehn and Rachel Schueller battled their way to a spot in the state 4A doubles tennis tournament in action here Saturday.
Mehn and Schueller were blanked by a Mead duo 6-0, 6-0, but came back to claim a 6-1, 6-3 win over a Richland pair and punch their state ticket.
“Rachel (Schueller) and Allison (Mehn) struggled for the first time all season in the first match against Mead,” Blue Devil coach Keven Peck said. “Sometimes that happens. There is a lot more pressure in the postseason and I think it impacted their play. However, I was really proud of the way they responded in the second match against Richland. As they always do, they regrouped and found a way to win. They earned a trip to state — they can be very proud of that.”
In singles play, district champion Danielle Thongdy ran into a couple of Panthers from Mead. Thongdy was dropped 6-0, 6-0 in her opening match and was eliminated from further play by another Panther 6-1, 6-1,
“Danielle had a rough two matches. She ran up against two tough Mead players and wasn’t able to advance to the state tournament,” Peck said. “Danielle had an amazing conclusion to her season and always showed well for Walla Walla High School. She is disappointed that her season is over, but she can be proud of efforts and her district championship.”
Mehn and Schueller will open double competition Friday in Richland in the opening round of the state 4A tennis tournament.
Wa-Hi doubles team downed in regional tennis tournament
RICHLAND — Walla Walla High School’s Nick Bateman and Andrew Fuller left last week’s district boys doubles tennis team as alternates to Saturday’s regional ply off with the Greater Spokane League. On Friday, the Wa-Hi duo learned they would play in the regional.
Bateman and Fuller were placed in a loser out match with a team from Lewis and Clark High school. The Tiger pair ousted Bateman and Fuller, 6-4, 6-1 to end their season.
“As regional alternates, we went through the week of practice knowing that we would probably not be playing” Wa-Hi coach Bryan Eggart said. “We found out on Friday that we were officially in the tournament. Both Nick and Andrew were thrilled to be able to compete at the regional level. We were in a loser-out match in the first round and lost.
“We fought hard in the first set and we were really only a few key points away from winning the set,” Eggart said. “After losing the first set, we didn’t maintain our level of play and the LC tandem took advantage of our mistakes. All in all, it was a great day of quality tennis and we learned a lot from the experience.”