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By Grace Pohl
Staff Intern 

Cheney girls compete at 2A district tennis


Grace Pohl

Zab Potter reaches for the ball at the net, helping her and teammate Nika Kauwe advance to the second day of districts, where they placed fourth.

After coming off their first Great Northern League win against West Valley, the Cheney High's girls tennis team competed at the district tournament at Washington State University.

Against the Eagles, Sarianne Winters had a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles followed by Brayden York-Akiu's 6-2, 6-0 win in No. 4 singles.

On the doubles side, Zab Potter and Nika Kauwe teamed up for No. 1 and won 6-3 in both sets. The other win on the day was at No. 3 with Abby Fillmore and Cassie McDaniel winning 6-2, 7-5.

Danica Gary (6-0, 6-0) and Chloe Lerch (6-1, 6-1) both fell in the No. 1 and 2 single spots, respectively. Jazi Daily and Divinity Lomazzi also lost at the No. 2 doubles, 4-6, 1-6.

During districts, Kauwe and Potter had a 7-5, 6-0 win over West Valley in the first round. They also had a 6-4, 6-0 win in the next round over East Valley to advance. In the second day, the team fell to Clarkston 7-6, 6-2 and took fourth overall.

"I was proud of how tough the girls played," head coach Courtney Webb said. "Nika and Zab made it to the second day and got fourth place, which was a huge accomplishment. I saw the girls play some of their best tennis all season."

McDaniel and Fillmore also teamed up and fell 6-0 in both sets to Clarkston. The other doubles team was Daily and Lomazzi, who played a tough three-set match against East Valley, but ended up losing 3-6, 6-3, 4-6.

In singles, Gary had the lone win for CHS. In the first round, she defeated Alyssa Bailey from Pullman, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, then lost 6-1, 6-2 to Ava Raney from West Valley.

Other singles competition included Lerch falling 6-3, 6-0 to Kate Pointer from East Valley and Winters losing 6-1, 6-5 to Keara Sinclair from West Valley.

The Blackhawks say goodbye to five seniors his year, including Gary, Kauwe, Lomazzi, Potter and Barbara Stragier. They ended the season at 1-7 in the GNL and 3-9 overall.

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