Local tennis players headed to state

December 4, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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By Greg Farrar Matthew Cao (left), Liberty High School senior, is set for the return as his teammate, junior Marek Pierepiekarz, serves during their doubles match Oct. 16 against Interlake at Tibbetts Valley Park. Cao and Pierepiekarz won the District 3 2A tournament Nov. 1 in Bremerton and will compete for the state championship in May.

By Greg Farrar
Matthew Cao (left), Liberty High School senior, is set for the return as his teammate, junior Marek Pierepiekarz, serves during their doubles match Oct. 16 against Interlake at Tibbetts Valley Park. Cao and Pierepiekarz won the District 3 2A tournament Nov. 1 in Bremerton and will compete for the state championship in May.

The Hazen High School boys tennis team capped its undefeated season with a Seamount League championship and a solid showing at districts.

The Highlanders will send two to the 3A state tennis tournament in the spring, including Seamount Athlete of the Year Gregg Furumasu. The senior won the District 3 singles tournament.

Hazen senior Bruno Hernandez also qualified for state with a fourth-place finish in the district tournament.

Hazen head coach Gail Ellis received the Seamount Coach of the Year Award for leading the Highlanders to a 13-0 season.

The Liberty boys tennis team will also send two to state.

The Patriots will be represented with its doubles team featuring Matthew Cao and Marek Pierepiekarz, both Newcastle residents. The two broke school history when they won the District 3 2A tournament in Bremerton.

“Never before has a LHS tennis player (singles or doubles) won a district tournament leading into the state championships,” Liberty coach Mike Salokas said.

They’ll compete in the 2A state championship at the University of Washington in May, while the Highlanders compete in the 3A state tournament in Eastern Washington.

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