District girls tennis tourneys kick off Tuesday

The 3A and 4A District 1 girls tennis tournaments start on Tuesday, with the 4A tournament at Jackson H.S. and the 3A tournament at Stanwood H.S. Both tournaments begin at 1 p.m.

In the 4A tournament, Lake Stevens has six players, including the No. 1 doubles team of sisters, Megan and Erin, entered for the first time in school history. The Huffman sisters are the favorites to make it back to state after taking fifth a year ago. The No. 1 doubles team from the South, Jenna Gilbert and Elizabeth Norris, are the favorite to meet the Huffman sisters in the final. Norris went to state last year.

Sally Park is the odds-on favorite in the singles competition and is looking to go to state for the fourth year in a row (she’s taken fourth three times). Lake Stevens’ Shaelyn Huot, who has been playing anywhere from No. 1 to 3 singles for the Vikings, is 7-7, but could surprise from the North No. 2 seed. The North’s No. 1 seed, Caroline Dreher has picked things up after a hiccup late in the season and is 14-3 and coming off of a a Wesco 4A North title. Mariner’s Angela Moniaga (12-6) could surprise and nearly made it to state a year ago.

In 3A, Nicki Bouche is looking to make it back to state in singles after taking eighth in state in doubles last year. Bouche is 14-0 on the season and has already beaten five of the seven competitors in the singles bracket. Her biggest competition could come from Shorewood’s Marija Feller or Daniella Brengelmann. Feller finished the season 11-1, though it came mostly from the No. 2 or 3 singles spot, and Brengelmann is also a state returner after she went to state in doubles last season.

Mountlake Terrace also has the No. 1 seed in doubles with Allison Lorraine and Tina Liu, who was Bouche’s partner at state last season. Stanwood’s Mariah Orcutt and Alyssa Sanford are the No. 1 seed from the 3A North.

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