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Agang-Rice win two at state tennis
By CASEY OLSON
Decaturs Brandon Abang and Chris Rice were just getting used to each others tennis games. Now their run as a team is over.
Abang and Rice finished up the 2003 Class 4A tennis championships with a pair of wins and a pair of three-set, heart-breaking losses. Abang and Rice were one win shy of a medal in Kennewick.
Abang, a senior, and Rice, a freshman, just started playing as a doubles team at the end of the South Puget Sound League South Division regular season last fall. But the break between the seasons allowed the pair to get plenty of court time together.
The Gator pair looked solid in their opening-round win over a Lake Washington pair, 6-3, 6-3, Friday morning. But the quarterfinals of the tournament were not as kind to Abang and Rice.
The Gator pair dropped a rugged three-setter to the eventual state runner ups, Nick Bjork and Tudor Barac from Spokanes Lewis and Clark, 6-1, 3-6, 7-5. The defeat dropped the Decatur team into the consolation bracket and their third match of the day.
In the consolation quarterfinals, Abang and Rice beat Zach Gordon and Tyler Stocker from Snohomish High School, 6-3, 6-4. The win meant the Gators would be playing on Saturday in the consolation semifinals with a chance to take home a state trophy for finishing as one of the top-six teams.
But Abang and Rice were beaten by Wenatchees Jaren Vidano and Brandon DeCamp, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2.
On the girls side, Federal Ways Kristen Yates and Danielle Yellam were knocked out Friday afternoon. Yates and Yellam played solid in their opening round match against Stanwoods Elizabeth Curry and Lauren Mickels, losing in three, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.
The Federal Way pair then downed a Mead pair in the consolation first round, 7-5, 6-2, before losing in the consolation quarterfinals to Woodinvilles Katie Russell and Elisa Lacava, 7-5, 6-3, 6-2.