Mercer Island earns top placements at district tournament | Prep tennis

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Mercer Island's Brian Hou returns a volley during his first SeaKing district tournament match on Tuesday, May 15. He beat Nick Phillips of Seattle Prep 6-3, 6-0 to advance to the second round.
— image credit: Megan Managan/Mercer Island Reporter

Competing this week in the SeaKing district tennis tournament at Lower Woodland Park in Seattle, the Mercer Island boys and girls tennis teams set up another state run.

The Mercer Island girls team won the SeaKing district title.

Both the boys and girls final rounds featured Islanders in the singles and doubles competition.

In the semifinals of the boys singles division Jordan Smith beat teammate Brian Hou 6-0, 6-4. Smith advance to play Frederik Strabo of Seattle Prep in the finals. Strabo won 7-5, 6-3.

The boys doubles semifinals featured a duo from Bainbridge beating Kyle Baska and Marcus Almqivst 7-5, 7-6 (7-5).

In the girls tournament, Nora Tan advance to the finals after beating Barbara Ann Carey of Seattle Prep 6-3, 6-1 in the semis. Tan won the district title, beating Catherin Allen of Holy Names 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.

Melanie Lee, playing in the singles tournament, as the KingCo No. 2 seed, lost her first round match, moving into the consolation bracket. She lost the final match to Shea Wojciehowski on Wednesday afternoon 6-2, 6-3. She will represent the team as an alternate at the state tournament.

Sohpia Gage and Lydia Venditti won the girls doubles district title, beating a team from Bainbridge 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. They won their semifinal match over Seattle Prep 6-4, 2-6, 7-6.

The top five in each bracket qualified for next week’s state tournament in the Tri-Cities.

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