Capital freshman Lauren McCann breezed through her first three matches to reach the girls 3A subdistrict semifinals Thursday, losing just three games in six sets.
Then she defeated teammate Natalie Nicholson, 6-3, 6-3, to reach the finals.
But in the final at Bally’s Total Fitness in Lacey, she went up against top-seeded Lisa Kromholtz, a Peninsula senior, and lost, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6) and 6-0.
“Lauren controlled that first game,” Capital coach Tom Alongi said. “There were a lot of close games. She just got worn out.”
She won her first three matches, 6-0, 6-0, then 6-0, 6-1, and 6-1, 6-0.
Nicholson bounced back to place fourth and qualify to next week’s district at Sprinker Recreation Center in suburban Tacoma.
“Lauren is a heavy hitter,” Alongi said. “She’s full of power. She just needs to add that consistency to her game. She’s a pleasure to coach. She’s so dedicated to her tennis.”
North Thurston’s Kelly Joiner won her first two matches, 6-0, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-2, before losing. Joiner bounced back to place fifth, winning 6-0, 6-0 in the consolation finals to advance to district.
Franklin Pierce’s Sarah Webster placed third.
In doubles, Yelm’s Emma Leimback and Kaedra Ball were seeded third and placed third. They lost to last year’s district champs in the semifinals and then fought back through the consolations to advance to district.
Shelton 11, Olympia 2: Trailing 2-1, Shelton rallied for three runs in the third inning to pull ahead for good in a loser-out Narrows League tournament game.
Shelton added two more runs in the fifth and five more runs in the sixth to open a nine-run lead.
After Olympia scored one run each in the first and second innings, Shelton junior pitcher Madison Gaa shut out the Bears for the next five innings.
She struck out seven, allowed four hits and didn’t give up a walk.
Shelton sophomore infielder Kylie Schnitzer went 4-for-4, hitting a double, two triples and a single. Sophomore Jordanne Krumpols went 3-for-4, helping the Highclimbers advance.
Shelton outhit the Bears 11-4.
Olympia’s Nugent leads: Olympia’s Patrick Nugent goes into the final round of today’s Narrows League championship in first place after shooting a 1-under-par 71 in the first round at the Lake Spanaway Golf Course.
Five of the six Olympia players made the first-day cut and will return for today’s final round.