|5/22/2013 3:27:00 PM|
Doubles duo of Whitten and Hassinger make State Tennis
Three Cascade girl's doubles teams made it to the second round of the District Tennis Tournament at Eastmont last Saturday. Just one team is moving onto the State Tournament, Hailey Hassinger and Katie Whitten.
Photo submitted by Marcia Smith
The Cascade doubles team of Katie Whitten, left, and Hailey Hassinger qualified for the State 1A Tennis Tournament. The duo begins play at the Yakima Tennis Club this Friday.
The two girls were the top singles players for the Kodiaks during the season and combined with hopes on making it to State. Mission accomplished, it would seem.
"Katie and Hailey had a really good tournament and solidified their game. I think they are really primed for the tournament and competition to come," said Marcia Smith, Cascade head coach.
Whitten and Hassinger started off on the loser's side of the bracket, facing Rigby/Breeden in a loser-out match. They won 6-2, 6-4. The next match was against another Cascade team, Kendall Loreth and Mathlida Thomson.
"It is really tough to play your own teammates in a loser-out match," she said. "We were all truly heartbroken they had to play each other."
Whitten and Hassinger won the first set 6-0. The second set was closer, but the Whitten and Hassinger prevailed 6-4, thus knocking Loreth and Thomson out of the tournament.
Cascade played Okanogan for third and fourth place. The Bulldog team had also won two loser-out matches. Cascade won 6-2, 6-4 to claim the number three seed to State.
State Tennis is May 24, 25 at the Yakima Tennis Club.
Loreth and Thomson began their day facing the number one team from Cashmere, Kowatsch/O'Bryan. They lost 6-1, 6-1 to set up their next match with Hassinger and Whitten.
"Kendall and Mathilda have done a tremendous job since pairing up in the second half of the season. I am happy they will be returning for their senior year," she said.
Jayme Odegard and Kellie Kuch faced the number 5 seed from Okanogan in their opening game, Cheeseman and Cardenas. Okanogan won 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
"Jayme and Kellie have come a long way this season, ending with a spectacular district tournament run," she said. "It is exciting to see their hard work pay in grand fashion. Being a junior and a freshman, I look forward to their return next season."
Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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