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Havili-Liening earn another trip to tennis state tournament

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

It’s back to the girls tennis state tournament for Todd Beamer’s Megan Havili and Judy Liening. The Titan doubles team rolled into the semifinals Wednesday afternoon at the West Central/Southwest District Tournament at Tacoma’s Sprinker Recreation Center.

Havili, a senior, and Liening, a junior, breezed into the semis after opening with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Angela Gaul and Amy Bernhoft of Hudson’s Bay. The Beamer duo then rolled over Gig Harbor’s Mali Brynstad and Kaitlin Hildebrand in the quarterfinals, 6-1, 6-2.

Awaiting Havili and Leining in the semifinals this morning will be Skyview’s Abby Olbrich and Sarah Click, the champions of the Greater St. Helens League.

The winner of that match will, most likely, face Bellarmine Prep’s Alita Fisher and Suzie Matzenauer for the district championship. Last year, Fisher and now-graduated Katie Kennel downed Havili and Liening in the district and state championship matches.

This is the third year in a row that the Beamer pair has played together in the postseason. Havili and Liening finished fourth in 2004 before last year’s run to second place.

The opening day of the district tournament wasn’t as good to Federal Way’s other qualifiers. Jefferson’s Corinna Fabre fell into the consolation bracket after dropping her opening match to Mountain View’s Jaclyn Webb, 6-1, 6-2. Fabre downed Curtis’ Rachel Skevington, 6-1, 6-0, before being knocked out of the tournament with a 7-5, 6-3 loss to Central Kitsap’s Aya Sugimoto in the consolation quarterfinals.

The TJ doubles team of Sarah Lee and Claudia Miernowski lost both of their matches Wednesday. Brynstad and Hildebrand dropped the TJ duo into the consolation bracket with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 first-round win and Hudson’s Bay Angela Gaul and Amy Bernhoft eliminated Lee and Miernowski with a 6-3, 7-5 win.

The West Central/Southwest District Tournament continues today at the Sprinker Recreation Center with matches beginning at 8 a.m. Both the boys and girls will be playing.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, sports@fedwaymirror.com

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