5 Falcons qualify for bi-district tournament / Tennis

Three of the four South Whidbey High School entrants in the North Sound Conference/District 1 tennis tournament qualified for bi-district.

The top three singles players and doubles teams earned berths in the bi-district tournament, which begins Tuesday, May 14, at Overlake. The two-day tournament concludes Friday, May 17, at the Redmond Tennis Center. The first and second place finishers move on to the state tournament.

At the league tournament Tuesday and Wednesday, May 7 and 8, at Granite Falls High School, Mary Zisette and Alison Papritz, who finished second in the state in 2018, led the Falcons by winning the doubles title.

The other South Whidbey doubles team of Farriss Jokinen and Ainsley Nelson placed third.

In singles, Ashely Ricketts took second and Oliana Stange fifth.

South Whidbey results at the NSC tournament

Singles: Ashley Ricketts defeated Granite Falls’ Gabriela Schmiesing 6-2, 6-2; defeated King’s Allison Giroux 6-1, 6-3; lost to King’s Scarlett Ren 6-0, 6-4.

Oliana Stange lost to Granite Falls’ Emily Lundberg 6-3, 6-2; defeated Coupeville’s Jillian Mayne 6-2, 6-4; lost to Giroux 6-1, 6-1.

Doubles: Mary Zisette and Alison Papritz defeated King’s Elma Lu and Jackie Cheung-Main 6-0, 6-0; defeated Granite Falls’ Hannah White and Sadie Hutchinson 6-1, 6-0; defeated Coupeville’s Avalon Renninger and Tia Wurzrainer 6-3, 6-0.

Farriss Jokinen and Ainsley Nelson defeated Granite Falls’ Victoria Rodenbaugh and Olivia Harmon 6-1, 6-0; lost to Renninger and Wurzrainer 6-0, 7-6(7-2); defeated Lu and Cheung-Main 6-3, 6-1; defeated White and Hutchinson 7-6(7-3), 1-6, 6-4.