Auburn’s Thornquist snares eighth in 4A championships | Prep tennis

Auburn senior Lauren Thornquist in action. - Rachel Ciampi/Reporter
Auburn senior Lauren Thornquist in action.
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Auburn senior Lauren Thornquist capped her prep career this past weekend with an eighth-place finish in the Washington State 4A Girls Tennis Singles Championships in Richland.

Thornquist opened the tournament this past Friday with a 6-0, 6-0 loss to Ferris freshman Courtney Provan.

Forced into the consolation bracket, Thornquist fought her way back, reeling off victories over Graham-Kapowsin sophomore Megan Hagerty (6-4, 6-1) and Eastmont senior Janae Bickford (6-1, 6-2).

The win earned Thornquist a berth in the sixth/eighth place match where she was defeated by Camas junior Esther Kwon (2-6, 6-3, 6-3).

The placing is the first for Thornquist, who has qualified for the state tourney the past four years.

During her high school career Thornquist dominated the South Puget Sound League Central 4A, posting undefeated regular seasons.

Also competing at the 4A tourney were Auburn Riverside’s No. 1 doubles team of junior Carson Heilborn and senior Sydnie LaValley.

Heilborn and LaValley, who finished the regular season undefeated, lost their first round match to Inglemoor seniors Janae Chinn and Michaela Jendralova (6-1, 6-1).

The duo was bounced from the tourney in the second round by seniors Micca Motzer and Jessica Starr of Mead, 6-4, 6-0.

In the boys 4A competition, Auburn’s doubles team of senior Avinir Kravchuck and freshman Bryan Thornquist went 1-2 with losses to Luke Brittan and Jordan Strandness of Lewis and Clark (6-0, 6-0) and Olympia’s Will Berghoff and Kyle Wooten (6-3, 6-1) and a win against Union seniors Alex Chanthavong and Jacob Buckley (6-4, 6-4).

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