Kitsap tennis squads dominate at Oly Invitational

PORT ORCHARD — Kitsap represented itself well on the tennis courts on Saturday, as the top three team finishers at the Olympic Invitational, as well as five of the six individual and doubles champs, hailed from the county.

While taking place at South Kitsap High School, the Olympic Trojans played host to the invite, which included the Trojans, SK, Central Kitsap, Bremerton, Sumner, North Mason, Enumclaw and Yelm. The invite is the largest one-day tournament in the state.

“It was a great day of tennis,” Oly coach Don Patraw said. “It is so nice to play schools from other leagues, such as Enumclaw, Sumner and Yelm. Our kids get a chance to see how they stack up against some stiff competition.”

South Kitsap won the tournament with 40 points, topping Oly and CK which both scored 23 points for a second-place tie with Sumner. North Mason finished with 21 points and Bremerton (19), Enumclaw (16) and Yelm (9) followed.

“Very solid competition again this year,” Patraw said. “All of the schools brought some talented players. Yelm won the No. 1 doubles championship, Central Kitsap won the No. 2 doubles, so the talent was spread out well. As the day went on, the matches got tighter and tighter, and that’s what you want to see.”

Trojan Justin Hike advanced to the No. 1 singles final, falling in a heated three-set match against South Kitsap’s Dalton Vavra, 3-6, 6-2, 10-6.

“Justin did a super job in his singles final keeping himself together on some very questionable calls,” Patraw said. “He could have imploded, but he showed real desire to stay in the match.”

At No. 2 singles, it was Oly’s Cory Smith taking the title with a 6-2 straight sets win against Nick Taylor of Sumner.

“Cory came back in a gutsy match in the semifinal match tie-break from a score of 2-8 to win 12-10,” Patraw said. “It would have been easy for him to have been down on himself, but he hit some real pressure-packed passing shots to pull it out.”

In No. 1 doubles, the Yelm combo of Cody Leimback and Louis DeGeyer topped SK’s Chance Campbell and Dana Abernathy 6-4, 6-0.

Central Kitsap won the No. 2 doubles crown behind a 7-5, 6-1 victory that Aaron Russell and Cameron Gilman pounded out against Peter Flett and AJ Barker of North Mason.

In No. 3 doubles, Chris Hardwick and Michael Lyman of SK topped Bremerton’s Doug Tran and James Hill in 6-3 straight sets.

No. 4 doubles went to another Wolves’ combo as Sasha Streans-Droker and Di Yin won 6-4, 7-6 against Phylip Kyllo and Christian Gomez.

The Trojans host Peninsula at 4 p.m. today at the Fairgrounds.

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