Beamer's Havili, Liening snare SPSL tennis championiship


The Mirror

The rain held off long enough Tuesday afternoon for the Beamer pair of Megan Havili and Judy Liening to capture the South Puget Sound League doubles championship.

Havili and Liening, who placed fourth at the Class 4A State Championships last year, easily dispatched of the Sumner team of Shiva Javanshir and Taryn Wagner to claim the SPSL’s No. 1 seed into next week’s West Central/Southwest District Tournament. Havili and Liening won 6-1, 6-0 in the final at Kent-Meridian High School.

Javanshir and Wagner were a surprise pairing for the Beamer team in the championship match. The Sumner pair came into the SPSL North Tournament as the No. 6 seed, but knocked off the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds to earn the North Division title, using mostly lob shots.

Havili and Liening, who entered the tournament as the top seed, won a tough 6-4, 6-4 match over Jefferson’s Uyen Tran and Leisha Muraki in the South Division final.

The Beamer pair weren’t the only Federal Way tennis players to claim a championship Tuesday. Decatur singles player Jamie Chan won her second consecutive SPSL South title with an impressive win over Emerald Ridge’s Alyssa Ferry in the final, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Chan fell behind 5-2 in the first set, but got

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