Soaring Saints tennis program earns state championship

Interlake dominates the Class 3A state tennis tournament.

When it was all over every single member of the Interlake Saints girls tennis team earned a medal, which they wore proudly following the final competition of the 2018 season.

The Interlake Saints girls tennis team won the Class 3A state tennis tournament, compiling 41 team points en route to a state title. Seattle Prep finished in a distant second place with 20 team points. The Saints doubles team of Olivia Sun/Sylvia Eklund earned first place in the doubles tournament, defeating teammates Jessica Liang/Shreyaa Mukund in the title match. It was the third time in row Interlake’s two doubles teams faced off in the finals at a postseason tournament. Interlake singles players placing at the state tournament consisted of Addie Eklund (third place), Abby Nash (sixth place) and Angel Le (seventh place). Interlake head coach Matthew Perlman was thrilled to see every player on the roster thrive against the toughest competitors in Washington.

“They are all wearing medals because they all placed at state which is remarkable. They played an unbelievable tournament,” Perlman said with pride in a phone interview on May 27. “It was amazing and they all played incredibly well. They were just remarkable from beginning to end.”

The 203-mile trek back to Interlake High School was a jovial time for the Saints tennis program.

“The celebration was just fantastic. The kids were just over the moon excited. The great thing about it is that each player really contributed to the outcome of us winning a state title,” Perlman said. “I’m so proud of them. It was an absolute privilege to coach this team. It was an amazing ride.”