SEATTLE — It took a player who has played with and against West Valley’s Chloe Goyette dozens of times to finally push the freshman at the Class 2A state tournament.
But even a stellar effort from fellow ninth-grader and CWAC standout McKenzie Kieser of Selah couldn’t derail Goyette’s championship pursuit.
Goyette held off Kieser 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 on Saturday to win the singles championship and help the Rams easily outdistance the field for the team crown.
The titles mirror what West Valley did in 2007 when freshman Alexis Filliol knocked off a league rival singles in the singles final and the Rams took team honors. The titles six years ago were the first for the program.
“It’s a perfect ending to a fantastic season for this team — an incredibly stellar group of athletes,” West Valley coach Eileen Merrell said.
Goyette finished the season unbeaten. She also posted tournament victories at last month’s Inland Empire Invitational in Spokane and the Coke Classic at Kissel Park.
Both Goyette and Kieser are ranked among the top in the region for their age, and often team in club play.
“This friendly rivalry is getting closer and closer and closer,” Selah coach Don Judy said.
The WV doubles team of Carly Riehl and Carley Schmidt capped their prep careers by taking fourth place for their third straight medal. The duo took sixth at the Class 3A tournament the last two years.
“They had a great last match,” Merrell said. “It’s the best they’ve played.”
Riehl and Schmidt were undefeated entering the tournament, suffering their only loss in Friday’s quarterfinals.
Fellow Rams Makenzie Kinloch and Dannielle Tanasse finished off an impressive postseason run with an eight-place finish. The tandem was unseeded headed into the district tournament, but upended two of the top four teams to earn the state berth.
On the boys side, West Valley’s Daniel Foster topped teammate Aaron Farmer for fourth place. Both players had lost in Friday’s quarterfinals but rebounded with consolation victories Saturday morning.
It’s the second medal in four state appearances for Farmer, a senior who is set to play at Montana State beginning in the fall.
Farmer qualified in singles the past three years after taking fifth place as a freshman teaming with Daniel Wenker.
Foster, meanwhile, capped an impressive year in which he also won the top-flight title at the Inland Empire and was runner-up at the Coke Classic and CWAC district tournament.
The Rams doubles team of Brian Ridd and Gabe Valley lost in consolation play Saturday.
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At University of Washington
Singles — consolation: Aaron Farmer (West Valley) d. Hunter Sears (Ephrata) 2-6, 6-4, 4-1; Daniel Foster (West Valley) d. Ethan Romney (Sammamish) 6-4, 1-6, 6-0. 4th/7th place: Foster (WV) d. Farmer (WV) 7-5, 6-1.
Doubles — consolation: Nick Smith-Brady Anderson (Sehome) d. Brian Ridd-Gabe Valley (West Valley) 6-0, 6-3.
Singles — semifinals:Chloe Goyette (West Valley) d. Lauren McCann (Capital) 6-0, 6-1; McKenzie Kieser (Selah) d. Bella Hoyos (6-4, 6-2). Championship: Goyette (WV) d. Kieser (Sel) 7-6 (X-X), 6-4.
Doubles — consolation: Carly Riehl-Carley Schmidt (West Valley) d. Kianna Arthur-Rachel Folsom (Clarkston) 6-4, 6-0; Makenzie Kinloch-Dannielle Tanasse (West Valley) d. Emily Barclift-McKenzie Click (Tumwater) 6-2, 6-4. 4th/7th:Riehl-Schmidt (WV) d. Kati Schwabe-Becca McNurney (Kingston) 6-2, 6-2. 5th/8th: Rachel Howard-Madelyn Hougan (Tumwater) d. Kinloch-Tanasse (WV) 6-2, 6-3.