State tennis preview: School-spirited Stormans goes for third state title -- this time, in singles

May 22, 2013 

State tennis preview: Stormans also schools up school spirit

State tennis championships
Friday-Saturday
South Sound qualifiers

BOYS
Class 4A, at Columbia Basin Racquet Club/Richland High School, Richland
Olympia: Singles -- John Stormans; Doubles -- Nate Stahley-Chad Wooten, Will Bergoff-Kyle Wooten

Class 3A, at Tri-City Court Club/Kamiakin High School, Kennewick
North Thurston: Doubles -- Jooneil Ahn-Scott Vannerson

Class 2A, at Nordstrom Tennis Center, Seattle
Black Hills: Singles -- Jimmy Do
Capital: Singles -- Ty Gentry; Doubles -- Mathias Burlingame-Doug Doenges
Tumwater: Singles -- Zach Drake; Doubles -- Ryan Gudbranson-Ryan Padgett
W.F. West: Doubles -- Kenny Saari-Daniel Blomdahl

GIRLS
Class 4A, at Columbia Basin Racquet Club/Richland High School, Richland
Olympia: Doubles -- Rachel Kelson-Catty Zhang, Alli Bautista-Gemma Robinson

Class 3A, at Tri-City Court Club/Kamiakin High School, Kennewick
North Thurston: Singles -- Shanelle Enlow, Ainsley Winterrowd, Sidney Smith

Class 2A, at Nordstrom Tennis Center, Seattle
Capital: Singles -- Lauren McCann
Centralia: Singles -- Anna Scheibmeir
Tumwater: Doubles -- Rachel Howard-Madelyn Hougan, Emily Barclift-McKenzie Click

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Here come the Rams: North Thurston’s undefeated league season, a sub-district title and district title is heavily reflected in the 3A girls state tournament, as the Rams qualified all three singles players to Kennewick. Ainsley Winterrowd, a freshman who advanced to the district title match last weekend, has only dropped eight games all season and is on the same side of the bracket as teammate Shanelle Enlow. The two could meet up in the semifinals.

McCann back for more: Capital senior Lauren McCann elected to turn out for high school tennis after sitting out her junior season. In recent weeks, coach Tom Alongi said McCann is playing her best tennis and it showed during last week’s 2A District IV singles title win over Centralia’s Anna Scheibmeir, who topped McCann during their three previous meetings this spring.

Gentry on the rise: He might only be a freshman, but Capital’s Ty Gentry already is a name known in the high school tennis circuit and could challenge for the Class 2A boys singles state title. The 5-star recruit by Tennis Recruiting Network already has interest from USC and UW went undefeated in the fall -- and rarely dropped a set -- winning the EvCo sub-district and 2A District IV singles titles.