State tennis: Skyview girls face tough road in doubles

clangrill@idahostatesman.comMay 18, 2013 

As sophomores, tennis players Brittney and Lindsey Washburn finished third in girls doubles at the 4A state tournament.

Last season, the identical twins finished second.

So this season, it stands to reason the Washburns will win the title as seniors, right?

Hold that thought.

While the Washburns hope to be playing their best tennis Saturday, the field appears to be much more competitive than last season.

"It's definitely a lot tougher," Skyview coach Dan Lundergan said. "Our semifinal last year was a breeze. … We weren't really tested until our final against Bonneville."

This year's semifinal figures to be more competitive for the Washburns. They will square off against Olivia and Ella Wathne of Century. Olivia won three straight singles titles before opting to play doubles with her sister this season.

If the Washburns get past Century, they will face Caldwell's Lauren McKinnon and Haley Hilton or the Wood River team of Margaret Reutter and Haley Cutler. The championship match is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Boise Racquet & Swim Club.

Reutter and Cutler won the Capital Invitational in April and came into state as the top seed.

"We've played really well, and winning Capital was just really exciting," Reutter said.

Meanwhile, Skyview's top doubles team struggled a bit.

"They didn't play super great at the Capital tournament, so we're hoping they can get back on the right track," Lundergan said. "Last year, they were really consistent and could play through anything. This year, they've kind of had their rough spots where their consistency hasn't been quite the same. But I think they're starting to turn it around late in the season."

The Washburns won their opening match Friday against Bonneville's Morgan Johnson and Mackenzie Johnson 6-0, 6-0 before winning their quarterfinal match against Wood River sisters Samantha and Alex Taylor 6-2, 6-2.

Win or lose, the Washburns have enjoyed their three-year run of playing doubles at Skyview. The two won the District Three title all three of those years.

"We work well together," Lindsey said. "We never get to the point that we get so mad at each other that we can't fix it."

Lundergan can relate. He is also an identical twin. "So I find it a blast to coach them," he said.

And, yes, Lundergan does think that the Washburns can feed off their symbiotic relationship.

"Definitely, I think that helps for doubles, when you're playing with someone you know so well," he said.

5A TOURNAMENT

Eagle leads the girls team race after the first day with 12.5 points, followed by Boise (10.5) and Idaho Falls (10.5). In boys, the first-day leader is Boise (9.5), followed by Borah, Highland and Lewiston with eight points.

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