POULSBO —North Kitsap’s Danya Wallis set a goal as a freshman to surpass former Klahowya standout Tracy Landram’s three state singles tennis championships.
Wallis stepped closer to that goal on Friday by winning the two-day Olympic League 2A championship over Olympic’s Marissa Nemeth, 6-1, 6-0.
Wallis doesn’t just rely on her natural ability, she is constantly on the court working on her game trying to improve in every regard. The three-time state champion will be the No. 1 seed into the West Central District tournament, May 18-19 at Kitsap Tennis & Athletic Center in Bremerton.
The top four singles and doubles placers earned district berths.
It’s become a habit for Wallis to be hit with a case of nerves before big matches. It doesn’t matter if it’s a league or state final. She’s used to it but it doesn’t make it any easier.
“Every time I get on the court the fears, nerves, are gone,” Wallis said. “I thought I played really well. I just outlasted her, which is pretty hard because it’s really hot out and I’m really tired.
Wallis said her goal was to limit her unforced errors.
“I think most of the girls at districts are going to be at (Nemeth’s) level, maybe better,” she said.
For Nemeth, who went to state as a freshman, she accomplished a feat against the dominant Wallis that few else could — winning a game.
“She’s a good player,” Nemeth said.
Nemeth, a junior, thought she played well, and securing the second seed puts her on a good path to qualify for state once again.
In doubles, Sequim’s Kali Wiker and Jessica Dietzman defeated Kingston’s Emily Shaleen and Lily Beaulieu, 6-0, 6-1, in the championship.
“They’re a really good team,” Beaulieu said of Wiker and Dietzman, “and we kind of knew coming in here it was probably going to be us and them at the end. I just feel like they’re on a different level than other teams are.”
“I’m proud of us for coming this far and taking top three,” Shaleen said. “I’m excited to go back (to district).”
“We’re sad because of the loss,” Beaulieu added.
“Second is still an accomplishment,” Shaleen said.
Olympic’s Sidney Troy and Brooklyn Haro beat Kingston’s Samantha Young and Elizabeth Ramirez of Kingston to secure a spot to districts. Troy and Haro played in a late match to determine the third/fourth seed.
Haro and Troy decided to remain positive throughout the match and were confident they would be able to secure a trip to districts.
“We went to state last year so we kind of expected to come back,” Haro said.
Troy said the doubles teams in the Olympic League were much stronger than last season.
“It’s just preparing us (to) move on,” Troy said.