The top pair on the Blaine girls’ tennis team won the 1A Sub-District doubles championship earlier this month, earning a trip to the Tri-District tournament at Overlake on May 17, where they won one match and lost two before retiring their season.
In the first round of competition, Emily Grayston and Alex Henderson pushed the match to three sets. They lost their first set 6–3 and won the second set 3–6, but inevitably ceded the final set 6–2 to lose their opening match against a duo from Forest Ridge Academy.
“Competition was awfully strong,” said Blaine tennis coach John Freal. “Every match in the first round went to three sets.”
Grayston and Henderson rebounded from their initial loss by winning the second round against Emily Ge and Emily Gass from Charles Wright Academy in two decisive sets. The Blaine duo won 6–2 and 7–5.
In the third round, Grayston and Henderson lost in two straight sets to Stephanie Stacy and Katya Kelly from Charles Wright. Stacy and Kelly won both sets 6–2.
“They put forth a very good effort. They played to the best of their abilities in spots, but didn’t have the consistency they needed to move on,” Freal said.
Grayston will graduate this year along with several other seniors on the tennis team. Freal said it was a good year for Blaine tennis. More than 40 girls participated, the weather was better than it has been in years past and two players, Grayston and Henderson, were able to make it through the first round of post-season competition.
“It was good to get to that next level,” Freal said. “There was also improvement throughout the season. By the end of the season, we were playing well.”