The WIAA’s state tennis tournament concluded Saturday, and a handful of South Sound locals were in contention for trophies.
Follow The News Tribune’s state tennis roundup, with results from all local placers:
Championship: Ben Lee (Jackson) def. Vasanth Ramachandran (Bellarmine Prep) — 6-2, 6-0
Jackson’s Ben Lee defeated Bellarmine Prep’s Vasanth Ramachandran in straight sets to hoist the 4A boys singles title at The Pacific Clinic in Kennewick.
Lee completed a perfect, unblemished run through the bracket without losing a set. He defeated Rogers’ Austin Egan and Redmond’s Ethan Zheng in straight sets on Friday, which punched Lee’s ticket to the semifinals.
Then came two victories in straight sets on Saturday — first over Camas’ Aiden Brasier and again over Ramachandran, which made Lee the champion.
Ramachandran, the state runner-up, dominated the bracket’s first three rounds in similar fashion, also unbeaten before meeting Lee in the title match. He was part of a Bellarmine Prep team that stormed to an undefeated, 4A SPSL title (6-0, 11-0).
3rd/6th: Jani Martin (Life Christian Academy) def. Jacob Oie (Annie Wright) — 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
Jani Martin won the all-important third set, defeating Annie Wright’s Jacob Oie in Saturday’s third-place state match.
Oie avoided a straight-set defeat and equalized the match in the second, but Martin recovered to win the bronze medal.
Newport’s Froslan and Tunduc avenged a loss in the state semifinal and defeated Kentridge’s Le and Nguyen in the consolation laddter for a third-place finish in the 4A doubles bracket.
Froslan and Tunduc topped Kentridge’s duo in straight sets for the bronze medal.
Le and Nguyen earned a sixth-place finish; before their loss in the championship, they raced past a West Valley (Yakima) duo in the first round and toppled Sumner’s Thomas Canion/Austin Tweit for a victory in the quarterfinals on Friday.
5th/8th: Daniel Cegielski/Matthew Cegielski (Auburn Riverside) def. M. Bryant/B. Payopay (Lincoln) — 6-3, 6-1
Auburn Riverside’s Daniel and Matthew Cegielski defeated Lincoln’s Bryant/Payopay in straight sets for fifth-place in the 3A doubles bracket.
After a first-round loss on Friday, Auburn Riverside’s Cegielski duo stormed through the consolation ladder and won three straight matches for their fifth-place finish.
3rd/6th: Ryker Fietz/Nico Grados (Fife) def. Nicholas Crowley/Jackson Warner (Bremerton) — (2-0)
Fife’s Fietz and Grados grabbed the bracket’s third-place trophy with a doubles defeat of Bremerton’s Crowley/Warner at the Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle.
After a semifinal loss earlier Saturday, Fife’s duo took down Bremerton in straight sets for the bronze medal.
Fietz and Grados began their title quest with a straight-set victory over Shelton’s Lovingfoss/Wagner and quarterfinals win over Archbishop Murphy’s Balen/Balen duo.
Bonney Lake’s Anna Bogotova toppled Arianna Galliussi in Saturday’s fifth-place match, a straight-set victory in the bracket’s consolation ladder.
Galiussi finishes eighth. Prior to Saturday’s loss, she stormed to straight set wins over Elise Jones (Mead) and Audrey Medina (Stanwood) to earn placing honors.
3A GIRLS SINGLES
5th/8th: A. Moore/S. Moore (Capital) def. J. Buckingham/V. Martinez (Kennewick) — 6-3, 6-4
Tyler Wicke joined The News Tribune in 2019 as a sports clerk. A graduate of the University of Washington Tacoma in 2021, Wicke covers the Mariners, preps, and maintains clerical duties. Was once a near-scratch golfer, but now, he’s just happy to break 80.