Kodiak’s Kori Longrich hits the ball while teammate Moeyo Tanaka looks on during a match at the tennis state championships last week in Anchorage.  

According to coach Steve Johnston, despite dropping both of their matches at the state tennis championships, Kodiak’s Kori Longrich and Moeyo Tanaka improved “200%.” 

“We concentrated on having them hit around the court in the week before state, and that seemed to help,” Johnston wrote in an email. “They started to see that hitting away from opponents, especially at the net, will generate points. Consistency does as well. When they were consistent, they won more points.”

In the opening round of the girls doubles bracket, Longrich and Tanaka fell 6-0, 6-0 to Eagle River’s Sarah Von Luhrte and Skylar McCasland. Kodiak’s duo then lost their consolation match 4-2, 4-0 to Lathrop’s Fiona Beardsley and Elodi Dahle.  

“They played much better the second day against Lathrop, and they seem to be realizing that their usual opponents, Region 3 and the lesser ranks of Anchorage and Fairbanks are beatable,” Johnston wrote. 

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