Sunnyside scores two wins against Grandview

Thursday marked the third straight shutout victory for the Sunnyside High School boys tennis team. The boys were able to push past Grandview, winning 5-0.

The boys team (2-5, 4-5) wasn't the only Sunnyside team that did well against Grandview. The girls team also beat the Greyhounds, winning 4-1.

On the boys side, one of the most anticipated matches of the season came when Sunnyside No. 1 singles player Danny Plesha took on Grandview's Kevin Floyd. Plesha won the match 6-4, 6-0.

Sunnyside Coach Troy Whittle said Plesha was losing 4-2, then rallied back to win 10 straight games.

"That was a big win," Whittle said. "Danny is just so much better than he was last year."

Whittle added that he thinks Floyd will likely walk away with the 2A State title this year.

Senior Johnny Plesha, playing in the No. 2 singles spot, won over Grandview's Marco Diaz 6-1, 6-1.

Whittle said Johnny realized what he was and wasn't doing on the court and made the appropriate changes.

"He just dominated at the net tonight," Whittle said.

The No. 1 doubles team of Tyler Thompson and Jonathan Beals won over Grandview's Nick Saldana and Robert Madrigal 6-1, 6-1.

Sunnyside's No. 2 doubles team of Jake Wavrin and Hunter Van de Graaf swept past Grandview's Paulino Fajardo and Zach Poteet, winning 6-0, 6-0.

Whittle said Wavrin and Van de Graaf played well together against the Greyhounds.

At the No. 3 doubles spot, Sunnyside's Jesus Alquicira and Justin Snyder were able to push past Chase Lindsley and Raymond Cantu 6-1, 5-7, 7-5.

Whittle said it seemed like his team was having trouble placing the ball on their ground strokes, but in the end they were able to make the adjustments needed to win.

As for the girls (5-2, 7-2), Sunnyside's Dolores Gomez won over Grandview's No. 1 singles player Cristina Meza 7-5, 6-1.

"The second set went much better than the first set," Whittle said.

At the No. 2 singles spot Grandview's Miranda Shreeve won over Sunnyside's Jessica Gudino 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

Whittle said Shreeve just hits the ball in, while Gudino is turning into more of a power player, which meant she was hitting a lot of balls out.

"It's a consistency issue," Whittle said.

Sunnyside's No. 1 doubles team of Erica Mendez and Jerika Martinez won over Grandview's Danika Martinez and Christina Penwell 6-2, 6-1.

"They dominated the match pretty well," Whittle said of Mendez and Martinez. "I expect them to get better as they play together.

In the No. 2 doubles spot, Sunnyside's team of Lanna Pangle and Lizeth Chiprez won over Kyla Leyendecker and Bianca Rodriguez 7-5, 5-7, 6-3.

Whittle said his team had trouble with consistency and ball placement, but still managed to hang in there for a win.

Sunnyside's No. 3 doubles team of Nikki Hernandez and Helen Shuttleworth bested Grandview's Josie Cruz and Olivia Gomez 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

"They did a nice job," Whittle said of Hernandez and Shuttleworth.

The Sunnyside team will take to the court again today (Friday) at home against Ellensburg. Grandview will play Saturday at Naches.


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