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Class 1a Girls Tennis

District draws for Bruins receive coach's approval

Columbia High's girls tennis team did not receive any top seeds in Friday's single-elimination SWW District 4 Class 1A Tournament at the Vancouver Tennis Center.

Junior Johanna Zimbelman is the No. 2 seed in singles play, while seniors Brooke and Mara Hathaway are the No. 3 team in doubles.

Singles player Noe Roche and doubles partners Amanda Rieper and Adrienne Charap also will play at district.

Roche, a junior, is seeded fourth in the singles bracket. Rieper, a junior, and Charap, a sophomore, have been seeded fourth in doubles.

Bruins Coach Rae Meaney liked the way the seedings worked out for CHS's six players.

"Johanna was seeded No. 2 and Noe No. 4, which is good. Otherwise they could have met each other in the second round," Meaney noted.

CHS also received good draws in doubles.

"The Hathaways were seeded No. 3, which is also good since it means that they are in the half of the draw with the No. 2 seed instead of the No. 1," Meaney said. "Amanda and Adrienne are in the opposite half as the Hathawys, which is also good."

Zimbelman and the Hathaways will be making their third consecutive district appearances.

For Roche, it is her second district berth. Rieper and Charap, a second-year doubles team, will be making their district debuts.

Here are the initial pairings for Columbia:

Singles:

Zimbelman vs. the winner between Ashley Rowe of Montesano and Charisse Lewis of Tenino; Roche vs. Jimie Koch, Stevenson.

Doubles:

Rieper and Charap vs. Jaymi Thompson and Nathasha Montain of Castle Rock; Hathaway and Hathaway vs. Katie Schuh and Megan Rosenbach, Montesano.

The state tournament is set for May 25-26 in Yakima; only the winners at district will advance to state.

Columbia 3, at Stevenson 2:

The Bruins completed an undefeated regular season last Thursday with the victory over their SWW 1A League opponents.

Columbia (8-0 in league, 12-0 overall) lost in No. 1 singles and doubles play but pulled the win out by cleaning up in the other three varsity matches.

Noe Roche defeated Jimie Koch, 6-4, 6-4 in No. 2 singles, and Robin Swanhuyser beat Aascot Holt, 6-1, 6-3 in No. 3 singles.

In doubles action, Adrienne Charap and Amanda Rieper downed Cheryl Perry and Aubrey Pestana in three sets, 2-6, 6-2, 6-6 (8-6).

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