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G'view splits league tennis match

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview girls tennis team won and the boys lost Tuesday against the Toppenish Wildcats.

Playing tough, the Lady Hounds won 4-1 against Toppenish.

"The girls really stepped up and played well," said Coach Charlie Diaz.

Grandview's No. 1 singles player, Miranda Schreeve, after winning a close first set 7-5, handily defeated Toppenish's Christian Moreno 6-2 in the second set, according to Diaz.

In No. 1 girls doubles Grandview's Allison Grow and Danika Martinez won 6-2, 6-1.

Also pulling out a win for Grandview were No. 2 doubles players Bianca Rodriguez and Kayla Leyendecker, who defeated Toppenish's Angela Sanchez and Nayely Mendoza 6-1, 6-1.

Grandview's No. 3 doubles team of Josie Cruz and Olivia Gomez also won, easily defeating Toppenish's Melani Nunez and Gloria Guirao 6-3, 6-0.

The girls team's only loss was in the No. 2 singles match, when Grandview's Cristina Meza fell to Ruby Villasenor 7-5, 6-0.

"She played tough that first set," said Diaz. "She knew it would be an uphill battle."

Losing 3-2, Diaz was disappointed by the match-up between the Grandview and Toppenish boys.

"Toppenish didn't play straight up," said Diaz. "They put their No. 1 and 2 singles guys and played them at second doubles. They're using strategy because they know they can't beat our No. 1 and No. 2 singles."

He said there isn't anything illegal about moving around line-ups, but that it is frustrating, especially for his singles players, who didn't find much competition in their opponents.

The only two Grandview wins in the match were in No. 1 and No. 2 singles. Grandview's Kevin Floyd defeated Fernando Ramirez 6-0, 6-0. In No. 2 singles, Marco Diaz defeated Toppenish's Guillermo Rodriguez 6-1, 6-0.

Grandview's three doubles teams lost.

Toppenish's Mario Peters and John Schutz defeated Robert Madrigal and Nicholas Saldana 6-2, 6-3 in the No. 1 doubles slot.

Grandview's Raymond Cantu and Chase Lindsley lost to Daniel Serna and Ethan Reynolds 6-2, 6-1. Also losing for Grandview were Zach Poteet and Paulino Fajardo to Aaron Avalos and Johnny Gonzalez 6-0, 6-2.

"I thought we were pretty evenly matched on the doubles side," said Diaz.

Although the doubles teams found more competition than they could handle, Diaz said that the boys need to be able to step up and be able to compete against tough players.

"Our guys aren't quite that experienced," said Diaz, explaining that this year is one of rebuilding.

The next two weeks will be especially tough on Grandview tennis players. The team has four matches in the next two weeks because of previous cancellations and postponements.

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