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Sunnyside tennis teams dominate Wapato

WAPATO - Tuesday was a good day for Sunnyside tennis, with both Grizzly teams coming out on top against Wapato.

While the Lady Grizzlies toppled Wapato, winning by an overall score of 4-1, it was the boys team that really stood out against the Wolfpack. The boys team put Wapato away, winning by an overall score of 5-0.

Sunnyside tennis coach Troy Whittle said he knew the boys team would eventually start winning the close matches it had been losing earlier in the season.

Playing in the No. 1 singles spot for the Grizzlies was junior Danny Plesha, who won over Wapato's Ryan Huibregtse 6-0, 6-0.

"He's just playing so good right now," Whittle said of Plesha.

At the No. 2 singles spot for Sunnyside was senior Johnny Plesha, who beat Pedro Ruiz 6-0, 6-0.

"Johnny played well tonight," Whittle said of the older Plesha brother. "His net game was exceptional."

The No. 1 doubles team of Jonathan Beals and Tyler Thompson won a hard fought match against Wapato's Curtis Hata and Chris Roa. The Grizzly team won 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (3-7), 6-3.

"They were very aggressive with their ground strokes," Whittle said of Beals and Thompson. "It was a big win."

Jake Wavrin and Hunter Van de Graaf played as Sunnyside's No. 2 doubles team, winning over Wapato's Brandon Brown and Jayson Valencia by a score of 7-6 (10-8), 6-3.

"Their net play really made the difference," Whittle said of his No. 2 doubles team.

Playing as Sunnyside's No. 3 doubles team was Justin Snyder and Jesus Alquicira, who won over Wapato's Jun-Jun Benadicto and Raul Castro 6-3, 6-3.

Whittle said Snyder and Alquicira did a good job of lobbing the ball during the match, adding that it was the team's consistency that led to the win.

Overall, Whittle said he felt the match-up against Wapato was one of the best the boys team (2-5, 3-5) has put together so far this year.

As for the girls, the team (5-2, 6-2) did a good job of dominating Wapato.

Playing in the No. 1 singles spot for Sunnyside was senior Dolores Gomez, who won over Wapato's Marilu Cruz 6-3, 6-2.

"Dolores did a nice job of moving the ball from side to side," Whittle said.

Sunnyside's Victoria Garza, playing at the No. 2 singles spot, lost to Wapato's Vicky Gonzalez 6-2, 6-0.

Whittle said Garza has a badly sprained left wrist and was wearing a brace for yesterday's match. He noted that the brace likely tipped off the other team to Garza's weakness, her backhand.

Scoring a victory for the Lady Grizzlies was the No. 1 doubles team of Erica Mendez and Jerika Martinez. The two beat Wapato's Krista Francisco and Damarise Navarro 6-4, 6-2.

Whittle said this was the team's first time playing together and it took his girls a little time to get used to each other on the court.

At No. 2 doubles, Sunnyside's Lizeth Chiprez and Lanna Pangle won over Ashley Arreola and Blanca Chavez 6-1, 6-3.

Sunnyside's Jessica Gudino and Andrea Oesterle, playing as the No. 3 doubles team, won over Wapato's Jocelyn Ninatanta and Diana Renteria 6-2, 7-5.

Whittle said the last time Sunnyside played Wapato, Gudino and Oesterle lost to the Wolves.

"To turn around and beat that team shows a lot of improvement," Whittle said.

The win over Wapato puts the girls team in second place in the Mid-Valley League standings.

Sunnyside will take to the court again Thursday at home against Grandview.

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