Prep girls tennis: Five to watch

Marina Ciferri

Sr. | Marysville Getchell

After earning the district’s third and final state berth last season, Ciferri went 1-2 at the state tournament with a win over district rival Madeline Mahler — who beat her in the district tournament.

The senior hopes to continue her success this season and end her high school career with another trip to the 3A state tournament in Kennewick.

“She’s a big hitter,” said Marysville Getchell coach Andrew Christopher. “She’s got a small frame but there’s a lot of power that comes out of that racket. She can work a girl around the court. She can overpower people and she’s really accurate too. She can hit with anybody.”

Shaelyn Huot

Sr. | Lake Stevens

After bursting on to the Wesco tennis scene her sophomore year, Huot has established herself as one of the league’s best. She played No. 1 singles for Lake Stevens as a junior before switching to doubles late in the season to try to make a run at state.

Huot and her partner Bostynn Barnes went on to win the district doubles title and qualify for the 4A state tournament.

“She is the type of player every coach dreams of having,” said Lake Stevens coach Jeff Leer. “Hard-working and competitive on the court and an all around team player in addition to being an outstanding human being.”

Tina Liu

Sr. | Mountlake Terrace

Liu has played No. 2 singles for the past three seasons for the Hawks but now, with Nicki Bouche graduated, Liu will be at No. 1.

Liu has been to state three seasons in a row, placing all three years in the doubles’ tournament. Last year, playing with Bouche, was her top finish (4th). She’s also placed eighth her freshman year — also with Bouche — and sixth with Allison Lorraine in 2014.

“She is a very hard working girl and a great leader,” said Mountlake Terrace coach Alberto Ramirez. “She is always willing to provide a tip or two on tennis to other members of the team. … She has been one of the most popular and respected players that I have ever had.”

Emily Sandquist

Sr. | Jackson

A four-year letter-winner for the Timberwolves, Sandquist went 13-1 at No. 1 singles a year ago. Also an accomplished musician, Sandquist took second at districts and clinched a spot at the 3A state tournament, where she went 1-2.

Jackson coach Judi Montgomery said the senior is an experienced veteran on the court with a wide array of shots she can use to put her opponent away.

“Emily is a beautiful tennis player with all the weapons,” Montgomery said. “She serves well, has gorgeous strokes, and moves her opponent from sideline to sideline. She is the complete player.”

Madeline Mahler

Jr. | Glacier Peak

A junior, Mahler has ended each of her first two seasons at the 3A state tournament. Last year, Mahler was eliminated by district rival Marina Ciferri of Marysville Getchell.

Glacier Peak coach Micah Perron hopes the streak continues for Mahler in her junior season. Perron speaks very highly of his captain — and not just for her tennis prowess.

“Madeline is one of the sweetest girls I’ve coached,” Perron said. “She’s always smiling and having fun with her teammates. Her teammates really respect her as a soft-spoken captain who lets her game do her talking.

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