Girls Prep Tennis Roundup: Aberdeen beats Hoquiam in first meeting in 13 years

Bobcats take five of six matches to claim Earhart Trophy

After a long hiatus, Aberdeen and Hoquiam renewed their rivalry as we take a look at girls prep tennis matches on the Harbor.


Aberdeen 5, Hoquiam 1

The last time Aberdeen and Hoquiam’s girls tennis teams squared off for the Earhart Trophy, the current crop of Bobcats and Grizzlies were toddlers.

Thanks to this season’s resurrection of the Hoquiam program, the two teams resumed their rivalry for the first time in 13 years on Tuesday, with Aberdeen taking 5-of-6 matches in Hoquiam.

Aberdeen swept three singles matches, with Kallie Knutson, Sophie Knutson and freshman Kensie Ervin – playing in her first varsity singles match – combined to win 36 games to one.

“I was especially impressed by freshman Kensie Ervin, who played her first singles match of the season,” Aberdeen head coach Ashley Kohlmeier said. “She played clean and efficiently and made the adjustment from doubles seamlessly.”

Aberdeen’s doubles teams of Maritza Guzman/Hadley Durr and Sidney Stoehr/Leticia Alvarenga won their matches with Hoquiam’s lone win provided by No. 1 doubles duo of Megan Gilbert and Dylan Little.

”Aberdeen versus Hoquiam has always been about winning the Earhart trophy. For 13 years, Hoquiam has held this trophy only because the Hoquiam program had been put on pause,” Hoquiam head coach Jennifer Pace said. “Aberdeen has done a good job playing successful tennis while Hoquiam has been dormant. They are being led by a great coach, Ashley Kohlmeier, who played for me when she was in high school at Hoquiam. Aberdeen has won this trophy back and this tradition continues. I look forward to keeping the tradition alive.”

“It was pretty special to reignite the cross-town rivalry on the tennis courts. I’m glad Hoquiam is building the program back up and I am super impressed with all they were able to accomplish to make it happen,” Kohlmeier said. “The Bobcat tennis team hasn’t been able to experience that rivalry match up in nearly 13 years, so I’m excited to see what we can do in future seasons. I also appreciate what this means for tennis on the Harbor. I hope both schools can work together to create some feeder programs and experiences for younger players.”

Aberdeen plays at Centralia at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Hoquiam hosts Montesano at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.


Kallie Knutson (Aberdeen) defeated Ashlynn Absbury (Hoquiam) 6-0, 6-0.

Sophie Knutson (A) def. Vrizza Renteria-Hernandez (H) 6-0, 6-0.

Kensie Ervin (A) def. Akasha Deason (H) 6-0, 6-1.


Megan Gilbert/Dylan Little (H) def. Sawyer Shoemaker/Kimberly Membreno 7-5, 6-2.

Maritza Guzman/Hadley Durr (A) def. Arainuh Lopes/Ana Lopez-Montes (H) 6-4, 6-4.

Sidney Stoehr/Leticia Alvarenga (A) def. Aaliya Aranda/Leslye Sanchez-Ortiz (H) 6-1, 7-5.

Castle Rock 6, Hoquiam 0

Hoquiam lost to Castle Rock 6-0 on Monday at Castle Rock High School.


Paige Ogden (Castle Rock) defeated Ashlynn Amsbury (Hoquiam) 6-0, 6-1.

Halle Hill (CR) def. Juliana Philamalee (H) 6-0, 6-1.

Harly Randall (CR) def. Vrizza Renteria-Hernandez (H) 6-2, 6-1.


Ellen Miller/Rylee Ogden (CR) def. Megan Gilbert/Dylan Little (H) 6-0, 6-1.

Brooklyn Ablinger/Jessica Aylesworth (CR) def. Arainuh Lopez/Ana Lopez-Montes (H) 6-0, 6-1.

Aberdeen 5, Black Hills 1

Aberdeen defeated Black Hills 5-1 on Monday in Aberdeen.

Aberdeen swept all three singles matches and 2-of-3 doubles matches in the victory.

”I am most impressed with the improvement of our doubles teams, who have seen more competitive matches these past few weeks,” Aberdeen head coach Ashley Kohlmeier said. “(Doubles team Kensie) Ervin and (Kimberly) Membreno are a newly formed doubles team and although they weren’t victorious, they played well together and almost pulled out that second set. I look forward to seeing them progress.”


Kallie Knutson (Aberdeen) defeated Cassidy Pearson (Black Hills) 6-0, 6-2.

Madi Ritter (A) def. Rory Blassburn (BH) 6-1, 6-1.

Sophie Knutson (A) def. Barrette McKissick (BH) 6-0, 6-0.


Tarika Doel/Sophie Oakes (BH) def. Kensie Ervin/Kimberly Membreno 6-1, 7-5.

Monse Lopez/Maritza Guzman (A) def. Sofi McNamara/Zofia Yontis (BH) 6-1, 6-2.