Gig Harbor senior Drew Lawson and sophomore Mason Jarvis took home a sixth place finish in doubles play at the Class 4A state tennis tournament last weekend at Richland High School.
“It feels pretty good,” Lawson said. “I feel like we could’ve won the state title, but it feels good to even place in state and represent the school.”
The pair entered the state tournament as the No. 7 seed. Lawson and Jarvis faced the No. 1 seed in the first round, Olympia’s Will Berghoff and Kyle Wooten. The Tides pulled off the upset, winning 7-5, 3-6 and 6-1. Lawson said it was the highlight of his season, and enjoyed the reaction of the top-seeded squad after they lost.
“They were so mad,” Lawson said.
The Gig Harbor pair was one win away from the state finals, but lost 6-1, 6-2 to Lewis & Clark’s Luke Brittan and Jordan Strandness, who ended up winning the 4A state title.
“They were just really solid,” Lawson said of the pair from Lewis & Clark. “They were exceptional at the net. They were just a better team.”
The Gig Harbor duo then went on to face Newport’s Alex Namba and Derek Huang, and fell, 6-1, 6-2.
“They’re just a solid team,” Lawson said. “We stuck with them as much as we could, they just pulled away.”
The boys tennis season is in the fall, making the late spring playoffs somewhat awkward. Lawson and Jarvis practiced throughout the winter in Lakewood against area players.
Peninsula’s Allie Barry was eliminated from the Class 3A state singles tournament by Kennewick’s Stephanie Buckingham, 6-3, 6-2.Jon Manley: 253-358-4151 firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @gateway_jon