FAIRBANKS — West Valley’s Brian Ely and Jordan Dick won twice Friday and advanced to today’s mixed doubles final of the Alaska School Activities Association/First National Bank State Tennis Championships at the Alaska Club East in Anchorage.
Ely and Dick, the reigning Mid Alaska Conference champions and seeded second in the two-day state tournament, rallied for a 6-7, 6-0, 12-10 victory over South Anchorage’s Steve Kilkenny and Isabella Jameson in a semifinal on Friday night.
Ely and Dick are scheduled to play for the state title at 2:15 p.m. today against Sammy McKnight and Adelie McMillian.
McKnight and McMillan, last year’s state champion, won 6-2, 6-1 over top seeds Christopher Brandeberry and Kristina Yu, of West Anchorage, in Friday’s other semifinal.
Ely and Dick received a first-round bye earlier Friday and later won 6-3, 6-4 over Kodiak’s Hunter Blair and Chelsea Abad in a quarterfinal.
A victory today by Ely and Dick would mark the second year in a row that a MAC entry captured a state doubles title. Lathrop’s Amara Hackett and now-graduated Anna Kardash won in the girls doubles final in 2016.
Hackett is playing mixed doubles in this year’s state tournament with Andrew West.
West and Amara Hackett received a first-round bye and they lost 6-3, 6-1 to McKnight and McMillan in a quarterfinal.
West and Hackett advanced in the consolation bracket after winning 6-1, 6-1 over Blair and Abad.
West and Hackett face Clony’s Brennan Easley and Lauren Leadbetter in a consolation semifinal at 10:15 a.m. today and the winning squad plays for fourth place at 12:45 p.m.
North Pole’s Josef Schruf, the MAC boys singles runner-up, reached his category’s semifinals on Friday. Schruf lost 6-1, 6-1 to second-seeded Derek Stone, of Dimond.
Schruf plays Service’s Spirit Pretlow for third place at 10:15 a.m. today.
Schruf posted a 6-1, 6-1 decision over Colony’s Frank Urbano in a first-round match.
Monroe Catholic’s Jack Cook, the MAC boys singles champ, fell 6-0, 6-1 to top-seeded Joseph Henry, of South.
Cook plays in a consolation semifinal against Wolf Dostal, of Juneau-Douglas at 8 a.m. today. The winner advances to the fourth-place match at 11:30 a.m. today.
In a rematch of the MAC girls doubles final, North Pole’s Ashley Rinker and Carly Donald, the state tournament’s No. 2 seeds and the reigning MAC champs, eliminated West Valley’s Naomi Hartman and Kaitlyn Young by a 6-2. 6-3 decision.
Ringer and Donald face Madisyn Carter and Olivia Moore in a consolation semifinal at 9:15 a.m. today and the winning duo plays for fourth place at 11:30 a.m.
Ringer and Donald had a first-round bye Friday and lost 6-3, 6-3 to Service’s Clarrise Mock and Claudine Mock in a quarterfinal.
Hartman and Young, the MAC runners-up, won 7-5, 6-4 over Palmer’s Jina Malone and Brianna Jensen in the first round. The West Valley duo lost 6-0, 6-0 to South’s Sophia Sanders and Khailey Yancha in a quarterfinal.
MAC champs Zach Greenberg and Luke Millam stayed alive in the state boys doubles bracket after they lost 6-0, 6-1 to top seeds Jake Brown and Liam Lincoln, of South.
Greenberg and Millam got a bye in the quarterfinal round and will play Colony’s Kaden Ketchum and Andrew Svoboda in a consolation semifinal at 9:15 a.m. The winning pair plays for forth place at 11:30 a.m.
MAC runners-up Jake Footit and Pearson Clark, of Monroe Catholic, got a first-round bye and lost 6-3, 6-3 to Dimond’s Sean Carey and Isaiah Mills in a quarterfinal. Footit and Clark were later eliminated after a 6-2, 6-4 defeat against West Anchorage’s Andre Lief and Robby Sedgwick.
Both girls singles from the MAC made it to the consolation semifinals.
West Valley’s Grace Hawkins, the MAC runner-up, plays at 8 a.m. today against Palmer’s Shiho Hatanaka, and Lathrop’s Helen Wharton faces Chugiak’s Emille Groth at the same time.
Hawkins lost 6-0, 6-0 to Service’s Sofia Main in the first round. Wharton had a first-round bye and was defeated 6-1, 6-2 by third-seeded Savannah Paull, of West Anchorage, in a quarterfinal.