Hall and Ceniceros make it to CWB League championship match; Pateros boys tennis team finishes season in second place
OMAK– Since he picked up a tennis racket only a season ago, he’s gradually improved his game.
Colville tribal member Aiden Hall of Pateros, in only his second year of playing for the tennis team, has made big strides, he along with his doubles partner Ivan Ceniceros.
“They have come a long way from when they first started three years ago,” said Sean Hiltz, head coach for Pateros. From barely being able to rally, to competing against the best competition in the league.”
Hall played singles last year, but is playing doubles this year and prefers doubles more.
“Just because the court is a little bit bigger,” says Hall.
As the alleyways are extended by about a good four feet on both sides, which gives him a little more room to work with.
“He’s really come far since last year,” said Hiltz.
Hall and Ceniceros entered the season with the goal of reaching the state tennis tournament.
That goal is still very much in reach.
The duo just wrapped up the Central Washington B League Tennis Tournament and got all the way to the championship match were they lost to Tonasket’s Eli Holz and Eric Owsley (6-1, 6-1) on Wednesday at the North Cascades Athletic Club in Omak.
“Overall all a very good performance by the doubles team,” said Hiltz
They were one of the top doubles team in the league, and as a result, they were awarded a bye in the opening round of the district tournament.
They had their first match in the quarterfinals against the strong duo of Terry Yazzie, Colville tribal member, and Tucker Keeley of Lake Roosevelt on Monday.
“Played decently in the first set and had a tougher time in the second set,” said Hiltz.
Hall and Ceniceros would grind out a 6-4, 7-5 win over Yazzie and Keely in the quarterfinals as they enter the semifinals.
“Will have to play better next round and they sure can,” said Hiltz.
In their semifinals match, Hall and Ceniceros knocked off Tonasket’s number two doubles team of Alex Owsley and Kasen Tibbs in straight sets (6-4, 6-1) to advance on to the final.
Pateros, even though they are a 1B school, opts up to play 2B schools and is no slouch.
The boys tennis team finished the year second place in the Central Washington 2B League with a 7-3 league mark and 9-3 overall.
“It’s a rewarding experience seeing players that started when I first started as head coach progress to become solid tennis players,” said Hiltz. “I am lucky to have Ivan, Aiden, and Sam Larsen as our team core, and as role models to their teammates.”
Hall and Ceniceros will begin their road to the state tournament next Wednesday when they play in districts against the 1A school’s where the top three teams out of 8 total will make it to the Tennis State Championships (May 24-25) at the Yakima Tennis Club.
CWB - 2B – Boys
Tonasket (10-0) 16-0
Pateros (7-3) 9-3
Oroville (7-4) 8-6
Liberty Bell (5-5) 5-7
Lake Roosevelt (2-8) 3-12