Tennis girls qualify doubles dream team x2

The dream is possible, but it’s going to take work.

For the second time in three years, two South Whidbey doubles teams have won a chance to try to meet each other in a state final and, possibly, win the Falcons’ second state championship in three years. Competing at the Federal Way Tennis Center Saturday, the South Whidbey doubles pairings of Jenny Newman and Chelsea Miller, and Caitie Newman and Amy Vogt, breezed through the early rounds at their tri-district tournament to earn a finals showdown and a team championship.

To get there, Newman and Miller — the Falcons’ No. 1 pairing — shattered a Steilacoom team 6-0, 6-1 and a Ridgefield team 6-1, 6-2. Caitie Newman — Jenny’s sister — and Vogt — took a longer road, hammering a Castlerock team 6-1, 6-2, a Vashon pairing 6-2, 6-2, and one of two Ridgefield pairs in the tournament 7-5, 6-4.

In the final, the two teams gave each other no surprises. Having played each other in practice all season, the two sets of Falcons gave themselves a good match, but nothing too taxing before starting state competition this week in Yakima. Jenny Newman and Miller won the match 6-2, 6-3.

But back at practice this week, the Falcon girls were not playing like competitors, rather as two teams that are hoping to push each other to the same place.

“We’re playing each other in the finals,” Jenny Newman said.

“That’s the plan,” responded Miller.

Jenny Newman and Vogt, both seniors, are state tournament veterans, have played as a team in the 2003 edition of the event. If the two South Whidbey teams meet in a state final, they are virtually assured of a state championship.

The Falcons won the district tournament with a total of 16 team points. Tied for second behind them were Tenino and Vashon.

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