Interlake Saints girls tennis head coach Matthew Perlman couldn’t had been more thrilled following the Class 3A SeaKing District tennis tournament in Seattle.
The Saints, which advanced seven members of its team to districts from the KingCo tournament, were determined to advance as many athletes as they could to the Class 3A state tournament.
The mission was accomplished at Lower Woodland Park in Seattle on May 16.
“The whole group that qualified to districts is now through to state,” Perlman said with pride.
The Interlake doubles duo of seniors Jessica Liang/Shreyaa Mukund won the doubles tournament, defeating Interlake teammates Olivia Sun/Sylvia Eklund in the championship match. Perlman was thrilled to see both Saints doubles teams in the championship matchup for the second tournament in a row.
“It was an all-Interlake doubles finals and this time the seniors (Liang/Mukund) won,” Perlman said.
Interlake singles players advancing to the 3A state tournament with top-four finishes at districts included Angel Le (second place), Addie Eklund (third place) and Abby Nash (fourth place). Perlman was ecstatic that every player on the roster that competed at districts earned a spot at the state tournament.
“They are all very strong players and they all played really well. You never know what you’re going to see in districts because Metro (League) brought in some really tough players this year. They were all so equally impressive and played excellent tennis,” Perlman said of his squad. “We played very energized and very aggressive.”
The Saints are looking forward to the Class 3A state tennis tournament on May 25-26, which takes places at Kamiakin High School and the Tri-City Court Club in Kennewick.
“The goal is to continue to keep rolling, play as well as we possibly can and hopefully bring home some hardware,” Perlman said.