Grizzly boys fall to Wapato

The Wapato High School boys tennis team improved to 9-2 in Mid-Valley League play this past Tuesday.

The Wolfpack swept all three doubles matches to get past the Grizzlies 3-2.

Sunnyside Coach Troy Whittle said the key for Wapato is its consistentcy. He said in tennis, more often than not, consistency will win matches.

The Grizzlies looked as if things were going to get off to a good start, as Sunnyside's No. 1 player Danny Plesha beat Wapato's Jason Valencia 6-0, 6-0. Valencia is normally the Wolfpack's No. 2 singles player, but was moved to No. 1 after the matches were announced. Whittle said Plesha had very few problems with Valencia in the windy conditions Tuesday afternoon.

At No. 2 singles was Plesha's older brother, Johnny, who had an easy time as well with Wapato's Ryan Huibregtse, winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-0. Whittle said in the first set the older Plesha tried some new things in the wind, but quickly changed when he found out they weren't working.

Wapato's No. 1 doubles team of Kahlid Benedicto and Curtis Hata blew by Sunnyside's Tony Cantu and Mark Uribe, winning 6-0, 6-0. Whittle said this was a case of where Sunnyside ran into Wapato's two best players.

"That is a pretty good team," said Whittle.

At No. 2 doubles, Sunnyside's Jonathan Beal and Jake Wavrin lost 6-2, 6-4 to Daniel Cerna and Chris Roa. Whittle said he couldn't really complain with the play of Beal and Wavrin, who are very inexperienced. He said both his players did fine against the consistent play of Wapato.

Wapato's Pedro Ruiz and Gilbert Gonzalez sealed the win for the Wolfpack by sweeping Jacob Barr and Brian Harvey, 6-1, 6-2.

Whittle said his boys squad is very young and inexperienced, but the group is improving as the season goes on. Sunnyside is 2-9 in league and 3-9 on the season. The Grizzly boys have won three of their last five matches.

Sunnyside will be at home this afternoon (Thursday) against Hanford and then leave straight for the Inland Empire Tennis Tournament in Spokane.

. Mike Kantman can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or email him at


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