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SHS girls tennis pick up first victory of season

WAPATO - The Sunnyside High School girls tennis team (3-2) picked up its first victory of the season against the Lady Wolves of Wapato, while the boys team still seeks its first victory of the season after losing 4-1.

Mixing up the team, Coach Troy Whittle moved doubles players into singles play Tuesday.

"Early in the season I like to do a lot of mixing and matching," he said. "We're just now getting settled into a routine."

Playing No. 1 singles, Sunnyside's Deann Trautman lost to Wapato's Crystal Burns 6-0, 6-0.

Struggling with a cold, Whittle said Trautman wasn't at the top of her game, but her teammate Lizeth Chiprez won her match.

At No. 2 singles, Chiprez defeated Wapato player Ann Marie Anderson 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

"She played really well and was gutsy on the court," said Whittle.

In doubles action, Sunnyside's No. 1 doubles players Andrea Phillips and Dolores Gomez defeated Maria Cruz and Nicole Marler.

"They played pretty well when they had to," said Whittle. "They jumped off to a 3-0 lead."

He said the girls came away from playing Selah last Saturday feeling like they could have played better.

Sunnyside's No. 2 doubles team of Erica Mendez and Jerika Martinez defeated Krista Francisco and Damarise Navarro.

"Erica and Jerika were struggling," said Whittle. "They weren't playing as well as they could have. They were down 3-0 and came back to win."

In of one the most unusual scores of the day, No. 3 doubles players Samantha Garcia and Stephanie Salinas of Wapato defeated Lana Pangle and Victoria Garza 6-2, 2-6, 6-1.

"The match was close, but none of the sets were close," said Whittle.

By the time Pangle and Garza played the team had already clinched the meet and Whittle had the girls work on some different tactics that didn't pan out, he said.

"They tried a lot of parallel play where both attack the net at the same time and it just didn't work for them," said Whittle.

At No. 1 singles play for the boys, Wapato's Ryan Huibregtse defeated Reid Schilperoort 6-2, 6-2.

Whittle said the match came down to consistency.

"Reid has power and Huibregtse has consistency," said Whittle. "Consistency will come with experience."

In No. 2 singles, Wapato's Pedro Ruiz narrowly defeated Jonathan Biels 6-3, 6-4.

"Both Jonathan and Reid are so tall they have a difficult time getting their knees bent so they have good form," Whittle added.

In the only victory of the match for Sunnyside, No. 1 doubles players Danny Plesha and his brother Johnny Plesha defeated Khalid Benedicto and Chris Roa 6-1, 6-1.

"There was never any question the Pleshas wouldn't win," said Whittle. "They had it from the beginning."

He added that the Wapato team provided good competitive hitting for the duo.

At No. 2 doubles, Sunnyside's Tony Cantu and Mark Uribe lost in a frustrating set against Gilbert Gonzalez and Curtis Hata. Sunnyside lost 7-6 (8-6) 6-2.

"Tony and Mark actually had a 4-0 lead in the beginning," said Whittle.

In No. 3 doubles play, Wapato's Daniel Serna and Jayson Valencia beat Jacob Barr and Jake Wavrin 6-3, 6-2.

Whittle said the match came down to consistency and court position, as well as striking the ball.

"We had great shots followed by poor shots. It's something that experience is going to fix," he said.

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