The Hermiston girls tennis team’s top doubles pairing of Katelyn Millard and Jaycee Ternes will continue their prep careers for one more weekend.
The seniors finished fourth at the 5A Special District 1 tournament on Saturday afternoon, clinching the No. 4 doubles berth to the OSAA State Championships. Bulldogs coach Jason Sivey was proud of his doubles pairing to reach one of the preseason goals.
“Their whole season has been geared to ‘How can we get to state?’” Sivey said. “I really think something changed around the Capital Invite tournament (in April), they got confident in themselves and knew they could compete with anyone.
“Their work ethic and teamwork really showed here, and it paid off when it mattered.”
As a team, Hermiston finished tied for second place with Mountain View and trailed only to district champion Summit. Sivey said he wasn’t sure a second place finish was feasible after a rough first day at the tournament on Friday but he was proud of the way the team finished on Saturday.
Hermiston’s finish was also helped out by the doubles team of Breena Wadekamper and Reed Middleton, as well as top singles player Mackenzie Hill winning the consolation brackets.
“Everybody but Jaycee and Katelyn lost in the first round but everybody fought back today,” Sivey said. “I was frustrated yesterday, but now I’m super proud of the way we fought and finished.”
Millard and Ternes will compete at the 5A state championships on May 18-20 at the Portland Tennis Center.
Hermiston boys finish 6th
The Hermiston boys tennis team ran into the buzzsaw that is the Summit Storm at the Special District 1 tournament over the weekend, failing to steal a state qualifying spot.
The Storm ran away with the team district title, and swept all four doubles qualifiers and clinched two more spots in the singles bracket. It’s a school record 10 players that the Storm are sending to state.
“Summit tennis is like the Oak Hill of basketball,” Hermiston coach Shann West said. “They’re crazy good.”
As a team, Hermiston finished sixth in the seven-team district which was disappointing for West to see. The Bulldogs top finishers were in doubles where Thomas McCullough and Patrick Wicks finished fifth — one spot away from a district berth.
McCullough and Wicks lost to Summit’s No. 4 doubles team 6-1, 6-2 in the quarterfinals, and then met up with teammates Jason Morris and Koby Grigg in consolation. McCullough and Wicks won 8-2 in a pro set, and then won in three sets, 3-6, 6-1, 10-8 , to win the consolation bracket.