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Coupeville’s Tia Wurzrainer (left) and Avalon Renninger were nipped Tuesday in a bi-district playoff match in Redmond. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Coupeville High School girls tennis season ended Tuesday in rainy Redmond.

Well, actually it came to a close inside the field house at The Overlake School, on a dry court, encircled by basketball hoops and a rock climbing wall.

It was a fairly unusual setting for a tennis match.

Tumbling or wrestling mats were stashed right outside the court, while wayward shots were just begging to dent plaques on the gym wall dedicated to Overlake golfers who’ve made it to state.

By the looks of one row of plaques, which were drooping at odd angles, it seems that’s a challenge readily accepted by PE students.

On this day, the only match going on was a bi-district playoff match-up between Overlake’s Mihika Srinivasan and Kamala Meghji and Coupeville’s Avalon Renninger and Tia Wurzrainer.

While both duos came up with big shots, the Owls, the #3 seed from District 2, defended their “home”court, eventually knocking off the #2 seed from District 1 to the tune of 6-3, 6-2.

Srinivasan and Meghji advance to face the #1 seed from District 2 Saturday in the bi-district semifinals, chasing one of two tickets to the state tournament.

With the loss, Coupeville is done, but their next door neighbors have two teams still alive.

South Whidbey’s Allison Papritz and Mary Zisette, the #1 seed from District 1, are already in the semifinals.

Fellow Falcons Ainsley Nelson and Farriss Jokinen, the D-1 #3, play Wednesday in a loser-out match, trying to advance to spar with their own teammates in the final four.

While their season had ended, Wurzrainer and Renninger had a stellar run during their first go-round as Coupeville’s top doubles unit.

Having inherited the role from Payton Aparicio and Sage Renninger, who finished 4th at state as seniors, Tia and Avalon were team captains, fashioned a winning record and claimed 2nd place at the North Sound Conference tourney.

Only juniors, they are expected to return next spring for a final run under the guidance of long-time CHS net guru Ken Stange.

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Coupeville junior Tia Wurzrainer and doubles partner Avalon Renninger finished 2nd at the North Sound Conference tennis tourney, and are now off to bi-districts. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Well, at least they got to skip some school.

Coupeville High School netters Avalon Renninger and Tia Wurzrainer went back to Granite Falls Wednesday for day two of the North Sound Conference tennis tournament, but never had to play.

The Wolf duo, after going 2-1 Tuesday, had already clinched a spot at bi-districts, but didn’t know if they would go as the #2 or #3 seed from District 1.

Turns out they will be #2, and all without lifting a racket this afternoon.

Wurzrainer and Renninger waited as four other teams battled Wednesday, and when the last team standing was Ainsley Nelson and Farris Jokinen of South Whidbey, Coupeville got a walk-over win in the 2nd/3rd place match.

That was because the Wolves top doubles duo beat the #2 Falcon team Tuesday, claiming a 6-0, 7-6(7-2) win.

Coupeville would have only had to play Wednesday if King’s #2 team or Granite Falls #1 duo had emerged victorious from the four-team rumble.

Renninger and Wurzrainer open bi-districts Tuesday, May 14 at the Overlake School in Redmond, facing the #3 team from District 2’s Emerald City League in a loser’s out match.

Nelson and Jokinen face the Emerald City League’s #2 team the same day at the same location.

If either or both Whidbey teams survive, they advance to the semifinals May 17 at the Redmond Tennis Club.

Wurzrainer and Renninger would face the Emerald City League’s #1 team, while Nelson and Jokinen would run up against their own teammates, as Falcons Allison Papritz and Mary Zisette are the #1 seed from the North Sound Conference.

Two teams advance to state.

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CHS sophomore Genna Wright played strongly through three matches Tuesday at the league tennis tourney before falling. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Six went off to districts, and two survive.

Coupeville High School juniors Tia Wurzrainer and Avalon Renninger survived day one of the North Sound Conference tennis tournament, and have punched a ticket to next week’s bi-district tourney.

The duo return to Granite Falls Wednesday, but don’t know if they’ll actually play another match at the league tourney.

Three doubles tandems (out of a field of 10) advance to bi-districts, and Mary Zisette and Allison Papritz of South Whidbey are through.

The Falcon duo, who finished 2nd at the state tourney last year, claimed the #1 seed by knocking off Wurzrainer and Renninger in the tourney championship match.

There are four teams vying to face Coupeville’s duo in the 2nd/3rd place match.

But, if either King’s #1 team or South Whidbey’s #2 squad gets there, the Wolves get a walk-over win, as they have already played, and beaten, those duos.

If it’s King’s #2 team or Granite Falls #1 duo, Wurzrainer and Renninger return to the court to play one final league tourney match.

Either way, the Wolf duo and coach Ken Stange head to the Overlake School in Redmond May 14 to play a loser-out bi-district match against a team from the Emerald City League.

Survive that and they go to the Redmond Tennis Club May 17 for the semifinals (and hopefully) final, with the top two teams at bi-districts moving on to state.

While Wurzrainer and Renninger play on, their teammates have reached the end of their seasons.

Singles players Genna Wright and Jillian Mayne and doubles duo Eryn Wood and Emily Fiedler had differing levels of success at the league tourney, but all failed to advance.

In a rare occurrence, though, Coupeville had no seniors in the postseason, and can return all six netters who stepped onto the court at the league tourney.


Complete Tuesday results:


Genna Wright:

Lost to Allison Giroux (King’s) 6-0, 6-3

Beat Gabriela Schmesing (Granite Falls) 6-1, 6-2

Lost to Emily Lundberg (Granite Falls) 6-4, 7-5


Jillian Mayne:

Lost to Scarlett Ren (King’s) 6-0, 6-0

Lost to Oliana Stange (South Whidbey) 6-2, 6-2


Avalon Renninger/Tia Wurzrainer:

Beat Ava Dreon/Christina Wang (King’s) 6-3, 6-4

Beat Ainsley Nelson/Farris Jokinen (South Whidbey) 6-0, 7-6(7-2)

Lost to Allison Papritz/Mary Zisette (South Whidbey) 6-0, 6-3


Eryn Wood/Emily Fiedler:

Lost to Elma Lu/Jackie Cheung-Main 6-4, 4-6, 4-6

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Elaira Nicolle played strongly at #3 varsity doubles Tuesday, then came back around to win a JV match later in the day. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

There are five varsity spring sports teams at Coupeville High School.

Baseball has played 17 games, softball 14, boys soccer 13, and even track and field has been to eight meets.

And girls tennis?

Well, good news, because against all odds, they completed their third match Tuesday afternoon!

In a season beset by scheduling conflicts and a whole lot of liquid sunshine, that’s a start, even if the Wolves did fall 4-1 at King’s.

It was the first full match Coupeville had played in two weeks, and, hopefully, the start of three in four days.

The Wolves, who sit at 0-3 after two losses to King’s (the powerhouse of the North Sound Conference at a shiny 6-0), are set to travel to South Whidbey Thursday and Friday Harbor the day after.

Facing off with a strong Knights team in Shoreline, Coupeville nabbed its single varsity win at #1 doubles, where Tia Wurzrainer and Avalon Renninger rolled to a straight-sets win.

The Wolves came dangerously close to a second victory, but Emily Fiedler and Eryn Wood were nipped in a third-set tiebreaker at #2 doubles.


Complete Tuesday results:



1st Singles — Genna Wright lost to Scarlett Ren 6-0, 6-0

2nd Singles — Jillian Mayne lost to Allison Giroux 6-1, 6-0

1st Doubles — Tia Wurzrainer/Avalon Renninger beat Caroline Baker/Grace Roberts 6-3, 6-2

2nd Doubles — Eryn Wood/Emily Fiedler lost to Ava Dreon/Christine Wang 4-6, 6-4, 10-8

3rd Doubles — Elaira Nicolle/Abby Mulholland lost to Elma Lu/Jackie Cheung-Main 6-2, 6-3



4th Doubles — Mary Milnes/Bruna Moratori lost 8-1

5th Doubles — Noelle Daigneault/Katelin McCormick lost 8-4

6th Doubles — Maddy Andrews/Milnes lost 8-2

7th Doubles — Cecelia Camarena/Cassidy Holmes lost 8-7

8th Doubles — Andrews/Nicolle won 8-2

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Cecilia Camarena reacts to getting the tennis ball stuck in her racket. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wolf hard-court ace Genna Wright gets mid-match wisdom from CHS tennis guru Ken Stange (left) and team manager Drake Borden.

Jillian Mayne sends a screaming forehand the other way.

Avalon Renninger whispers to the ball, “I’m sorry, lil’ buddy, but I’m going to have to hurt you now.”

Eryn Wood prepares to unleash “The Serve of Death ‘n Destruction.”

Tia Wurzrainer snaps another winner cross court.

The sound of tennis balls being whapped always brings the photographers out from hiding.

With hard court action in Coupeville finally kicking off Wednesday, intrepid paparazzi John Fisken spent several hours clicking away, making sure to nab a shot of all 16 Wolves in action.

The pics above are but a small portion of what he shot.

To see everything, and possibly purchase some glossies (thereby helping fund scholarships for CHS senior student/athletes), pop over to:


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