Joe Yamauchi and Aditaya Iyer went on an improbable run to place second at the Class 4A KingCo tennis tournament on Tuesday at Skyline High School in Sammamish, securing a berth at the state tournament in the spring and putting up a big result for the Bothell High boys’ tennis team.
The unseeded doubles pairing made the championship match on Tuesday afternoon, losing in three tight games to unseeded pairing of Newport’s Garrett Gants and Connor Scott, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Iyer and Yamauchi beat the fourth-seeded pairing of Max Chiang and Edward Yang from Inglemoor in the round of 16, 6-2, 6-0, and won 6-0, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.
The Bothell pair beat the top-seeded duo, Daniel Koh and Neil Kagalwala from Newport, 6-4, 6-1 in the semifinals, and again in the consolation championship match.
Bothell junior Andrew Schueller won an alternate berth to the spring tournament. Schueller was the third seed in the singles tournament, and reached the semifinals before dropping back-to-back matches to Newport’s Payton Nabma and finishing third overall.
Namba won 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals, and lost to Issaquah’s Derek Chao in the championship match.
Nabma also defeated Inglemoor’s James Peng 6-4, 6-3 in the round of 16.
Inglemoor’s Ethan Huang, the No. 4 seed, lost in the round of 16 to Eastlake freshman William Bigbee.
Bothell suffered two losses in the round of 16: sophomore Abi Chandra lost 4-6, 6-2, 6-0, and Cougar senior Dylan Kato lost 6-2, 7-5.
Inglemoor senior Athil George lost 6-3, 6-1 in the first round.
The state championship tournament is scheduled for May, 2017.