ELLENSBURG - Sunnyside brothers Johnny and Danny Plesha dominated the action last weekend at a U.S. Tennis Association-sanctioned event in Ellensburg.
In the 16-year-old champions division, the younger of the two, Danny, walked easily through the competition. He saved his best for last, winning 24 of 25 points in the first set of the title match against his opponent from Spokane. Plesha's serve and forehand shots were nearly unhittable for the Spokane teen. He ended up winning the championship match by a 6-0, 6-2 score.
The two brothers teamed in the 18-year-old champion doubles division of play. While they were never challenged up to the championship match, the finals did present a unique challenge. The Plesha's found themselves facing a pair from Kennewick, whom they knew had placed second at the WIAA 4A State tourney this past spring.
Surprisingly, the Sunnyside brothers hammered the Kennewick duo in the first set, winning 6-2.
It appeared the Plesha's would win easily as they quickly advanced to take a 5-2 lead in the second set. The Kennewick pair fought back, though, tying the set at 6-6. In the tiebreaker, the Sunnyside twosome forged ahead again, grabbing a 5-0 lead. Rallying one more time, the two Tri-Cities tennis players scrapped their way back into the match. After at least a dozen match points for the Plesha's, the Kennewick duo finally broke through and won the tiebreaker 9-7 on their first add-in.
For the Plesha brothers, it was the first time this season they have been pushed to a third set.
In the final set, the Plesha's broke serve early and ended up winning by a 6-4 count.
The Sunnyside players indicated that while it was nice to bring home the championship trophies, beating the 4A State runners-up made the event especially memorable.