Bobcat doubles team still alive

TUMWATER — Splitting a pair of exciting matches, Aberdeen’s Racheal Schermer and Ali Morris kept their state hopes alive in the doubles portion of the District IV Class 2A Girls Tennis Tournament on Thursday at Tumwater.

Schermer and Morris began impressively with a 6-4, 6-2 win over a Washougal team. They then dropped a dramatic 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 7-5 decision to a Tumwater duo in the semifinals.

The Aberdeen pair can still finish as high as third in district. The top-three teams advance to state next week in Seattle.

Following a day’s break, Schermer and Morris will face a Capital team in a loser-out match at noon Saturday. They must win twice Saturday to advance.

The semifinal contest featured high-quality tennis on both sides. Tumwater rallied to win the final five games.

“The second match vs. Tumwater was probably one of the best girls matches I’ve watched ever,” Bobcat coach Ashley Kohlmeier said. “Each point was long, each game was long.

“I’ve never seen the girls so intense and dialed in on the court,” Kohlmeier added. “As disappointing as it was to come so close, I know they are fired up to play for third place.”