PASCO — Wa-Hi’s Etienne Chaillot earned the top seed out of the region by winning the Blue Devils’ first regionals singles title since 2004 at Pasco High on Friday and Saturday.
Chaillot “had one of the best performances in the history of our tennis program,” Wa-Hi coach Bryan Eggart said.
He opened oplay with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over a player from Ferris.
“This was a very easy win,” Eggart said. “Etienne controlled the match from the start with quality serving and returning, setting up quickly and finished points throughout the match.”
In the second round, Chaillot downed a Gonzaga Prep foe, 6-2, 7-5.
“Etienne controlled the first set very well,” Eggart said. “He returned exceptionally well, breaking (Marcello) Scudiero the entire first set.
“The second set, Etienne had a little bit of a lull, getting down 3-5, and then came roaring back with four straight games to take the set 7-5,” he said. “A lot of high school tennis players wouldn’t have shown the heart that Etienne showed in that second set. His mental toughness and ability to dig deep was very impressive.”
In his final match of the tournament, Chaillot played against a German exchange student from Ferris, Tim Pullman.
“There was a lot of quality point play, with amazing shots made from both sides during the final match,” Eggart said. “Throughout this match, I felt that Etienne did a better job of collecting errors and setting up point progressions than Pullman. He also controlled Pullman’s service game with consistently deep returns, breaking Pullman in all but three of his service games, winning the final 6-4, 6-4.”
Wa-Hi’s other regional contenders, the doubles teams of Jaden Juhasz and Sam Techeny, lost to the eventual doubles champions from Mead, 6-2, 6-0, and a second-round match to a duo from Hanford, 6-3, 6-4.
“Even though we lost the match, a majority of games went to deuce and we improved our mental focus and ability to close out points effectively,” Eggart said. “This pair of one sophomore and one junior will take a lot of experience gained heading into the work we will do this summer to continue improving toward next year.
“I’m very proud of both Sam and Jaden in their growth and effort this season.”
Chaillot now takes the No. 1 seed into state on Friday and Saturday at Columbia Basin Racquet Club in the Tri-Cities.