Tigers Doubles Team and Bearcats’ Kuykendall Win Sub-Districts


TUMWATER — Centralia doubles duo Liza Hopkins and Maddie Corwin won the 2A Evergreen Conference sub-district championship and W.F. West’s Claire Kuykendall captured the singles title on Day 2 of the tourney at Black Hills High School on Tuesday.

Hopkins and Corwin put together an impressive performance to hand Black Hills’ twins Sienna and Athena Moore their first loss in two seasons in a 6-2, 6-3 victory.

“Had to light a little fire under them but it all worked out,” Centralia coach Scott Snyder said. 

W.F. West’s Claire Kuykendall won the singles title over Centralia’s Evie Rooklidge, 6-2, 6-0.

“Evie made her work. Claire is a very smart player,” Snyder said. “It was a good match. Proud of our girls. They stepped up today.”

W.F. West coach Jack State also had high praises for Kuykendall.

“Evie has given her a little bit of problems because she chips everything,” State said. “But, obviously, Claire did a pretty good job handling it today.”

Back to doubles, Bearcat duo Mari Ceesay and Kaylynne Dowling defeated Centralia’s Maya O’Dell and Serina Stehr, 0-6, 6-2, 7-6, 7-3, to seal a spot in the district tournament. They went on to beat a Black Hills doubles team for third place.

“Mari and Kaylynne had an exhausting day,” State said. “They played a good Centralia team in O’Dell and Stehr. We had a little talk after the first set to play to their ability. Second set, they came out and went after them. That was a very physical and emotional match.”

O’Dell and Stehr will play on Wednesday for an alternate spot at districts.

W.F. West’s Hannah Feaster secured a district spot in singles with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Zoe Guintoli. Feaster will play for third/fourth place on Wednesday against Tumwater’s Olivia Kee.

The 2A District IV tournament is set for May 19 and 20 at Columbia River High School.