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MI Girls tennis captures sixth-straight district title

Mercer Island girls tennis pose with its district title trophy. Back, Nicola Davidson (Assistant Coach), Carol Gullstad (Assistant Coach), Caroline Dillon, Mindy Blakeslee (Head Coach), Jamie Mounger, Caroline Hamilton, Miji Suhr and Melanie Lee. Front, Sammy Sweet, Lydia Venditti, Gabby Venditti and Sarah Sweet.  - Willy Paine/Contributed photo
Mercer Island girls tennis pose with its district title trophy. Back, Nicola Davidson (Assistant Coach), Carol Gullstad (Assistant Coach), Caroline Dillon, Mindy Blakeslee (Head Coach), Jamie Mounger, Caroline Hamilton, Miji Suhr and Melanie Lee. Front, Sammy Sweet, Lydia Venditti, Gabby Venditti and Sarah Sweet.
— image credit: Willy Paine/Contributed photo

Mercer Island girls tennis captured its sixth-straight district title at the Sea-King district tennis tournament May 20-21 at Lower Woodland Park in Seattle, with the Islanders advancing all three of its doubles teams to the state tournament.

Gabby and Lydia Venditti took the doubles district title, beating Eastside Catholic’s team of Megan Bastian and Rachael DeCaires, while Miji Suhr and Jamie Mounger won the third place game against teammates Caroline Dillon and Caroline Hamilton.

In singles competition, Sammy Sweet defeated Lakeside’s Genevieve Payzer before falling to Catherine Allen of Holy Names. Sarah Sweet won over Lakeside’s Molly Guo before losing in the second round to Lakeside’s Viv Daniel.

Mercer Island also had an impressive showing in the boys competition. Matt Seifert and Ben Elliot won the doubles district title, defeating teammates Brian Hou and Charlie Williams in the district finals, while the team of Peter Williams and Rafa Gonazalez-Posada placed fifth. In boys singles, Henry Smith took fourth place.

The 3A state tennis championships are May 30 and 31 in Kennewick.

 

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