Amelia Weeks and Tess Radisch are headed to the state 1A girls tennis tournament next week as a doubles team.
Their path to the tennis courts in Yakima was short of being a Disney movie, however.
In a loser-out, winner-to-state tri-district consolation final Wednesday, their opponents from Charles Wright Academy had to forfeit after one of the players rolled her ankle and was unable to continue.
“It was very anti-climatic,” said Falcon head coach Karyle Kramer of the third-round match. “There was no celebration on our part. The girls felt awful.”
Weeks and Radisch won their first match against K. Malone and S. True from Seattle Academy. The Falcon duo won 6-4, 6-4, though Kramer said she recalled at least seven of the first-set games going to deuce.
“They were fighting for the points,” said Kramer of Weeks and Radisch.
The second round pitted the Falcons against the tournament’s top-ranked team, T. Chai and C. Chai of Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, a private school in Bellevue. The Chai sisters won 6-3, 6-1 and went on to claim the tournament title.
That set up the fateful defaulted third-round match against Charles Wright Academy’s E. Ge and K. Kelly. South Whidbey won that match despite having lost the first set 3-6 and leading the second 5-4.
South Whidbey’s second doubles team of Isla Dubendorf and Bayley Gochanour were eliminated after the second round. They lost in the first round to University Prep’s M. Ferry and M. Inadomi 6-1, 6-2, then fell to Ge and Kelly 6-1, 6-3.
“They showed a lot of guts,” Kramer said. “They went out there kind of fearless.”
The Falcon coaches, Weeks and Radisch leave for the state tournament in Yakima on Thursday. Matches begin at 9 a.m. May 30 and continue May 31.