The defending state tennis champion doesn’t go down easily.
Skyview’s Andrew Kabacy rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the third set to beat Battle Ground’s Gunnar Harlan 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 Saturday at the Boeing Employees Tennis Club in Kent to win the 4A bi-district title for the second year in a row.
Both seniors, who know each other well, are returning to the 4A state tournament in May — Kabacy as defending champ, and Harlan, who placed fourth at state last year.
“He likes to make it dramatic,” said Skyview coach Jay Gowen. “When he’s in a pickle, he takes it to another level.”
Skyview, the defending state team champion which placed second at bi-district, will also be sending Chris Sheppert and Joey Gaylor to state. They placed fifth at bi-district by beating Union’s Kyle Mosier and Brayden Shoemaker 6-3, 6-4.
District doubles champions Alex Calpagiu and Quinn Lamey of Union placed third at bi-district and will be going to state. Calpagiu, a senior, won a state doubles title last year with Andrew Chanthavong, who graduated last spring.
The 4A state tournament is in May at Richland.
3A bi-district tennis — Mountain View will have two doubles teams at state. Vincent Hsu and Edmund Hsu, who clinched their state berth on Friday, finished third on Saturday at Sprinker Tennis Center in Tacoma.
Mountain View’s Josh Kim and Lu Abuizzah won their berth to state on Saturday with a 6-4, 6-1 win in the fifth-place semifinal match. They then won the fifth-place match.
Evergreen’s Tyler Livingston came up short in his run to state, falling in three sets in the fifth-place semifinal.
Mountain View finished third in the team standings.
The 3A state tournament is in May at Kennewick.
Ridgefield 2, Tumwater 1 — An own goal in the second half was the difference as the Spudders won in the first round of the 2A district tournament at Tumwater.
The Spudders (7-10) advance to face top-seeded Columbia River in the semifinals Tuesday at Kiggins Bowl. The winner clinches a berth to state.
Annika Farley scored for Ridgefield in the first half.
Columbia River 1, Mark Morris 0 — Yaneisy Rodriguez scored the winning goal on a second-half penalty kick as the Chieftains reached the 2A district semifinals.
River (14-2-1) faces Ridgefield in a winner-to-state game Tuesday.
Hockinson 2, W.F. West 0 — Megan Meindersee and Brooke Grosz scored to lift the Hawks into the 2A district semifinals.
Hockinson (11-4-2) will face R.A. Long on Tuesday in a winner-to-state match.
King’s Way Christian 3, Columbia-White Salmon 1 — Dana Snider had 15 kills and 19 digs as the Knights won a tiebreaker to decide third place in the 1A Trico League.
King’s Way will face Hoquiam in a loser-out match at the district tournament on Wednesday at La Center. The winner faces Trico champ Castle Rock later that evening in the semifinals.