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Federal Way tennis remains atop SPSL
The Federal Way girls tennis team remained undefeated with a 4-1 win over Jefferson on Thursday.
Their top three are better than anybody Ive got, Jefferson coach Andrew Buchan said. Our numbers one through 15 are all about the same. For us to beat people, we have to play really well.
Federal Way won both singles matches: Clara Sacristan defeated Katie Schultz 6-0, 6-0. Danielle Yellam defeated Natalia Goding 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).
In No. 1 doubles, Federal Ways Debbie Raghubeer and Kristen Yates defeated Jeffersons Jessiye Clark and Twila Moss 6-3, 6-3. Anne Tran and Elise Vaughn(FW) def. Michelle Morse and Amanda Foster 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 in the No. 3 doubles match.
Jeffersons only win came in the No. 2 doubles match when Faye Lai and Mitzi Moore beat Tara Byrne and Ashley Dukehart 6-4, 6-0.
The Federal Way versus Jefferson tennis match was supposed to be the first match of the season, but had been postponed due to rain four times. Thursdays sunshine finally allowed the games to go on.
Decatur 3, Jefferson 2
On Wednesday, the Decatur girls tennis team won both singles matches and the No. 1 doubles match to beat Jefferson 3-2 at Decatur.
The No. 1 doubles match was the deciding factor as Decaturs Francesca Dedaj and Suzanne Hitztaler defeated Katie Shultz and Kristin Woller 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.
It feels good, Dedaj said. They are one of the stronger teams we have played.
Its the second match Dedaj and Hitztaler have played together. Theyve won both so far.
I think well be competing together more this season, Hitztaler said. Were on the same mental level.
Decatur swept the singles matches, with senior Monica Loera-Sanchez defeating Faye Lai 6-1, 6-1.
It was the first win of the season for Loera-Sanchez, who has been playing against some of the best tennis players in the South Puget Sound League.
Ive played better people this year, Loera-Sanchez said. I need to keep my game up to par with them. Im definitely going for distircts and pushing more to get to state this year.
Loera-Sanchez, with Dedaj and Hitztaler, are the only three seniors on Decaturs team. The three have been pushed into more of a leadership role this season.
I was always the young one, Loera-Sanchez said. Im totalling enjoying (being in a leadership role). Were trying to make more of a team out of it this year than it ever has been.
That has helped Decaturs younger players improve as the season goes along.
One example is Decaturs Jamie Chan, a ninth-grader who defeated Natalia Goding 6-3, 6-2 on Wednesday.
Were green, but well survive, said Decatur coach Steve Escame.
Jeffersons two victories came in the doubles matches. Jefferson seniors Jessiye Clark and Twila Moss defeated Decatur juniors Amanda Chraca and Julie Eubanks 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles. Jefferson junior Killian Lange teamed up with senior Shannon Morse to defeat Decatur sophomores Jill Yotz and Amanda Font 7-5, 7-5 at No. 3 doubles.
Decatur improved its record to 2-2 with the win.
We got off to a rough start, but now were doing better, Dedaj said.