Mercer Island boys, girls win state team, individual titles | Prep tennis

The Mercer Island boys and girls tennis teams finished the state tournaments on Saturday, May 25 with two state team titles in hand.

The girls team won the state title for the fifth straight year with 26 points, while the Islander boys earned their third straight title with 31 points.

In the boys singles competition, Brian Hou finished in third place after beating Interlake's Luat Le 6-3, 6-3. Henry Smith finished in fifth place, eating Dominik Gorecki of Columbia River 6-0, 6-1.

The boys doubles team of Kyle Baska and Matt Seifert won the state title after beating Bainbridge's Matt Alderson and Jacob Christensen, the same team the Islander duo lost to in the district title match. Seifert and Baska won the match 6-7, 6-4, 6-4. The Islanders second pair, Ben Eillott and Charlie Williams finished in fourth place, beating Seattle Prep's Sam Blattner and Luke Targett 6-0, 6-4.

In the girls singles competition, Nora Tan won the singles state title in another redo of the SeaKing finals match. Tan beat Catherine Allen of Holy Names 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 for the championship.

In the girls doubles competition, Lydia and Gabby Venditti won the state title, beating Jenny Adams and Kristy Braunston of Liberty 6-4, 6-1.

Caroline Dillon and Caroline Hamilton finished in fifth place for the Islanders, beating Nicki Bouche and Tina Liu of Mountlake Terrace 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Lakeside senior and Mercer Island resident Shea Wojciehowski finished the tournament in sixth place after beating Hanford's Sierra Troxel 6-2, 6-2 on Saturday.


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