Two doubles teams, singles player alive for state tennis titles

Two doubles teams and a singles player remain in the hunt for individual state tennis titles after Day 1 of the Class 4A Showcase.

Playing at Umpqua Tennis Center in Roseburg, top-seeded Bailey Bell, freshman, opened the tournament with a decisive 6-0, 6-0 win over freshman Christina Nguyen of Marist. In the quarterfinals, Bell advanced with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Cascade junior Ariel Tobiasson.

Bell will face Marist Catholic senior Christina Nguyen in the semifinals on Tuesday.

The tournament’s second day moves up to Eugene for the semifinal and championship matches at Marist Catholic High School. Organizers had said they will stage third- and fourth-place matches at Eugene Country Club.

The No. 1-seeded boys doubles team of Nick Stucki and Dylan Bell also reached the semifinals with a pair of Day 1 victories. Stucki, senior, and Bell, junior, won in the first round over seniors Carson Eaton and Tai Shibarhara of Estacada, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. In the quarters, the PHS pair eliminated Marist seniors Ethan Cross and Joey Laing, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.

Bell and Stucki will face freshman Peyton Tyner and sophomore Jack Kiefer of Marist in the semifinals.

The girls doubles team of seniors Atira Fairbanks and Chloe Jurva will be battling in the semifinals as well. Fairbanks and Jurva, seeded fourth, opened with a first-round win over Millie Coffman and Lily Hirengen of Klamath Union, 6-2, 6-2. In the quarterfinals, they eliminated Angelica Valencia and Crystal Hernandez of Tillamook, 6-1, 6-3.

Fairbanks and Jurva will go up against No. 1-seeded Chloe Kincade and Courtney Silbernagel of Junction City in the semifinals.

In singles results, Philomath sophomore Dawson Beckstead lost in the opening round against Kai Villano of Marist, 6-2, 7-5.

The girls doubles team of junior K Bacho and senior Lily Schell lost a tough one in the first round to juniors Kenna Coleman and Lynnea Ward of Cascade, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.


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