Falcon girls aim high at KingCo tourney

  • Written by Don Mann
Left to right, Woodinville tennis’ Cora Byers, Claire Dougherty, Jenny Foote and Erika Springer are headed to the KingCo Girls’ Tennis Tournament at Skyline HS on Wednesday, but three of the four WHS singles’ players will be playing doubles. Photo by Don Mann.
The Woodinville girls tennis team’s last two matches were rained out Thursday and Friday and will not be rescheduled as the KingCo Tennis Tournament begins Wednesday at Skyline High School in Sammamish.

Thus, the Lady Falcons finish the regular season with a 6-2 record, 8-2 overall, third place in KingCo.

Woodinville will have a different look entering postseason with Cora Byers, Jenny Foote and Erika Springer — who played singles all season — opting to play doubles.

"It was by player request," coach Jay McGinness said of the shakeup. "Byers and Foote wanted to enter as a doubles’ team."

That means Evelyn Flint and Emily Chambers will join Claire Dougherty in singles, respectively, with Dougherty, No. 2 most of the season, now playing No.1.

Because of its third place finish, the Lady Falcons get to enter three singles’ players and three doubles’ teams in the tournament.

The doubles’ teams will be, in order, Byers and Foote, Hannah Wiser and Kelsey Hammond, with Springer teaming with Geena Glen.

During the regular season the singles’ rotation was generally Byers, Dougherty, Foote and Springer, in that order, and went 19-10 overall in league.

Byers went 2-4 against the opponent’s top player, Dougherty went 4-4, Foote 6-1 and Springer 7-1.

Woodinville doubles’ teams, which included Jenna Graham and Mikhaela Hatch, combined for a 15-6 league record, with the Wiser/Hammond tandem notching a 3-2 record against top-tier competition.

McGinness said it’s been a rewarding, yet difficult year.

"I enjoy the camaraderie of the players, the opportunity to work with them to help improve their game, and to witness the result of their hard work and dedication," he said. "But this season, weather-wise, has been very frustrating. The major frustration for the players and coaches was the lack of outdoor court time for the players to be able to challenge and establish themselves within the team ladder, but the girls maintained a great attitude and were always up for their matches and even made the most of our numerous indoor practices in the gym.

There is a lot of talent on this team, as well as a fine group of caring young ladies. We’re not seeded high in this tournament but there is always room for surprises. Our girls should be competitive."

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