Boys and girls win over Prosser


Playing on Sunnyside's No. 2 doubles team, Jake Wavrin, works to swat the ball over the net during Thursday's match against Prosser. The Prosser boys and girls teams both won over the Mustangs 5-0.

Thursday was a banner day for Sunnyside High School tennis. Both teams were able to put away Prosser, working to ensure the Mustangs didn't win a single match all afternoon.

Playing in the No. 1 singles spot for the Lady Grizzlies (4-2, 5-2) was Dolores Gomez, who beat Prosser's Diana Smith 6-2, 6-0.

"Dolores hit really well, and kept it low," Whittle said.

No. 2 singles player Victoria Garza won over Kaley Adams 6-1, 6-2.

Whittle said he told Garza going into the match that all she had to do was keep the ball inbounds and wait for her opponent to make the mistakes, which led to a Sunnyside win.

Lizeth Chiprez and Erica Mendez were the No. 1 doubles team, playing against Ashley Plata and Audrey Smith. The Sunnyside team won 6-3, 6-3.

"It was a good win," Whittle said. He noted that Plata and Smith make a rather good doubles team. "Ashley Plata has always been really, really tough," he added.

Playing in the No. 2 doubles spot was the team of Lanna Pangle and Jerika Martinez, who won over Prosser's Lauren Fiedler and Adrienne Mills 6-3, 6-4.

"I think the first set was pretty clean," Whittle said of the match. He added that at one point Pangle and Martinez were trailing the Prosser team 4-3 and had to come back to win it.

The No. 3 doubles team of Jessica Gudino and Andrea Oesterle beat Prosser's Sophie Benson and Kelsey Crawford 7-6 (7-3) 6-0.

"They played really well," Whittle said of Gudino and Oesterle. "It's the best I've seen them play a set all year."

As for the boys team (1-5, 2-5), playing in the No. 1 singles spot was senior Jonathan Beals, who won over Prosser's Serg Torres 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4).

"I was really proud of Jonathan," Whittle said.

Sunnyside's Tyler Thompson, playing as the No. 2 singles player, won over Dan Ophardt 6-2, 2-6, 6-0.

Whittle said during this match, Thompson played well during the first and last sets, but wasn't able to do anything during the second set.

The No. 1 doubles team of Johnny and Danny Plesha won over Prosser's Korey Warwick and Jorgen Gilbertson 6-0, 6-0.

Playing in the No. 2 doubles spot for Sunnyside was the team of Jake Wavrin and Hunter Van de Graaf, who won over Casey Lusk and Bud Sexton 4-6, 6-0, 6-4.

Whittle said this was the first time Wavrin and Van de Graaf had played together as a doubles team, so there was a little bit of an adjustment to be made. But, after the adjustment was made, the team did well against Prosser.

The No. 3 doubles team of Justin Snyder and Jesus Alquicira played against Prosser's Shane Smith and Kyle Edwards, winning 6-3, 6-4.

The Sunnyside team will take to the court again Tuesday at Wapato.



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