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Getting early scare from teammates, Grenleys repeat as 1A boys’ double champion

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on May 25, 2013 at 8:28 pm with No Comments »
May 25, 2013 8:29 pm

Rob Grenley, you’ve been one-upped.

In two years at Charles Wright Academy, twins Teddy and Phillip Grenley own two state doubles titles as they capped the Class 1A tennis championships with a 6-4, 6-3 victory against Overlake’s Mac Hewitt and Pranav Harikrishnan on Saturday at the Yakima Tennis Center.

So what entered Phillip’s mind as he absorbed what he and his brother Teddy had just accomplished as just sophomores?

“It was good to one-up my dad by doing this twice,” he said, whose father, Rob Grenley, won a singles title with Charles Wright Academy his senior year before going to Duke.

The Grenley brothers’ lost just one set the entire season – that came earlier in the day against their teammates.

They faced freshmen teammates Griffin Welsh and Tyler Sam in the semifinal match and lost the first set, 6-4. Coach Reini Vanderheyd said their matchups in practice had never been that close.

“What Griffin and Tyler did was a complete shock and surprise,” Vanderheyd said.

But the Grenleys, with their season on the line, came back to win the next two sets, 6-4, 6-3. Welsh and Sam went on to place third.

Charles Wright endured another matchup of teammates in the third-place singles match. Austin Kelley defeated Evan Valentine, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 for third. The Tarriers secured their fourth consecutive team title.

No three-peat for Rasmus, Yu: Josh Rasmus and Daniel Yu of Washington High saw their two years of straight-up dominance brake to a screeching halt.

Rasmus and Yu made it all the way to title-match No. 3 on Saturday at the Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle only to hit a brick wall in the form of Lindbergh’s Alan Kwiatkowski and Sam Bayna, losing 6-1, 6-1 for their second two-set loss to the Lindbergh duo since losing in the district championship as well.

“I can’t think of any excuses,” Washington coach Earle McWright said. “They were just better than us. But I told (Rasmus and Yu) that there is no shame in second. Second place in doubles at state is something most people only dream of.”

Yu’s career ends with two titles and a second-place finish as doubles-mate with Rasmus. Their lifetime record together was 69-7. McWright said Rasmus, a junior, will still compete in doubles next season with a new partner.

Capital’s Ty Gentry lost in the 2A boys singles championship, 6-3, 6-3, against Sehome’s Avery West.

Stewart repeats: Federal Way High’s Mitch Stewart could not be stopped – again

Stewart marched through the 4A singles bracket, without losing a set. He defeated Gonzaga Prep’s Alex Marcinkowski, 6-2, 6-1 in the championship match Saturday at the Columbia Basin Racquet Club in Richland for his second straight title. He was the state runner-up as a freshman.

Stewart came into the tournament after placing sixth for Federal Way in the 1,600 of the state track and field championships on Thursday at Mount Tahoma Stadium.

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