Nault and Conway storm into third round

Published on Thu, May 19, 2011 by Jerry Huls

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The Blaine no. 1 doubles team of Katie Conway and Samantha Nault moved into the third round of the 2A Northwest District Tennis Tounament at Sehome High School and Western Washington University in Bellingham, Saturday, May 15. However, they were blocked from state on Tuesday, May 16 in a match against Sehome's Morgan Sherif and Katie Adams 6-1, 6-4 in the quarterfinals. Sehome went on to beat Granite Falls' Breanna White and Barbora Vitkova to cement their first trip to state.

Conway and Nault beat doubles teams from Burlington-Edison (6-1, 6-3) and Anacortes (6-4, 6-4) to move into the semi-finals to be held on Thursday, May 19, with a ticket to the state tournament on the table. The victories push Conway and Nault’s record to 13-3 on the year.

Blaine’s singles hopes rest on Aubrie Hagen, who defeated Lakewood’s Talli Caldwell in straight sets, (6-4, 6-4).  Hagen was on her way to a stunning upset of Sehome’s Gretchen Lawrence in the second round. After winning the first set 6-4, Hagen was on the verge of moving into the semi-finals, ahead 5-2 in second set. Leading 15-love in the eighth game,  the match was postponed due to rain by Sehome school officials, despite the fact that Hagen was only three points from winning the match. The match will be completed before the semi-finals.

Hagen was the only singles player from Blaine to survive the first round as both Emily Grayston and Alex Henderson endured losses as did the Borderites no. 2 doubles team of Martel Hesketh and Bethany Dahl.