Photo courtesy of Kim Long The Interlake Saints girls tennis team won the KingCo 3A tennis tournament on May 10 at Mercer Island High School.

Saints win KingCo 3A tennis title

The Interlake Saints girls tennis team displayed their dominance on the tennis court at the KingCo 3A tournament.

The Saints cruised to a first-place finish, compiling 48 total team points en route to a KingCo 3A tournament championship on May 10 at Mercer Island High School. Mercer Island finished in second place with 26 total team points. The Saints, who won the Class 3A state title last season, were thrilled to bring home the KingCo crown.

“The girls were ecstatic. They were so excited to be part of this win. They all contributed and they all knew they contributed, which was really wonderful for us. They all played a key role in making this happen,” Interlake head coach Matthew Perlman said. “It was pretty amazing.”

Perlman said his roster was varied across the board this season.

“The girls had a great time and we had great camaraderie. We had four freshman this year. The older players were absolutely wonderful in mentoring them and making them feel really comfortable. It was a great team environment,” he said.

Perlman, who has been the Saints’ girls tennis head coach for the past nine seasons, said the 2017 Saints squad is one of the most talented he’s ever coached. The Saints went undefeated in dual matches during the regular season.

“This was definitely the deepest team I have ever had. From one through 12, it’s just great,” Perlman said.

The Saints No. 1 doubles team consisting of Jessica Liang and Shereyaa Mukund captured the KingCo 3A doubles title, earning a 2-0 (6-2, 6-1) victory in the championship match against a Mercer Island doubles squad.

“They were very dominant and they played very well. They’re great friends and they have a great relationship on the tennis court. They are just both very aggressive doubles players and have just an incredible camaraderie between every single point. They keep each other in the game,” Perlman said.

Interlake freshman Olivia Sun won the singles title courtesy of a 2-0 (6-1, 6-2) victory against fellow freshman teammate Kylie Choi in the championship match. Interlake freshman Abby Nash earned third place in the singles tournament as well.