The tennis season just keeps getting more exciting for four Camas Papermakers and their coaches.
On Saturday at Clover Park High School in Lakewood, freshmen Esther Kwon and Jen Lewis led Camas to first place as a team at the bi-district girls tournament. Kwon clinched the singles championship with a 6-3, 6-3 victory against Maggie Henderson of Auburn Mountain View. Lewis finished off Bonney Lake’s Alise McCoy 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 for third place.
“These are two 15-year-olds facing high pressure situations,” said head coach Jonathan Burton. “These tennis days can be long and exhausting. The mark of a good player is somebody who can stay focused for that duration of time. They both did that.”
Senior Gus Cooper and freshman Jonathan Ho had their hands full in the bi-district boys doubles bracket. Those Papermakers survived two match points that would have eliminated them from the tournament, before coming back to win 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7). A precise backhand by Ho sent the ball down the line with so much backspin that their opponents couldn’t stop it.
“As a coach, I really enjoyed watching that match,” Burton said. “Their reaction when they won was genuine and heartfelt.”