Pleshas finish third at State

SEATTLE - Johnny and Danny Plesha represented Sunnyside well over the weekend, finishing the 3A State tournament in third place.

The Pleshas started the State tournament with a match against a team from Peninsula High School. The Grizzly team won 6-2, 6-1, but Sunnyside Coach Troy Whittle said it was a good first match. He noted that the team from Peninsula hit the ball well and made it a challenge for the Pleshas.

The first round win put the Pleshas up against a team from Seattle Prep.

"It was a really, really intense match," Whittle said.

But the Pleshas managed to come out on top, winning 7-5, 6-3.

In the next match of the tournament the Pleshas found themselves playing against Justin Hayashi and Amir Ghazvinian from Lakeside High School in Bellevue.

"They were the best doubles high school team I've ever seen," Whittle said of the team from Lakeside, which beat the Pleshas 6-4, 6-2.

The loss put the Pleshas in the match to determine third and fifth place. The Sunnyside team took on a team from Mercer Island and won 6-3, 6-2.

"They played great," Whittle said.

The third place finish marked the end of senior Johnny Plesha's high school tennis career. Plesha finished with a 97-15 overall high school record, and with three regional championships and three district championships under his belt.

"He's a great player," Whittle said of Johnny Plesha.

On the girls side of the tournament, Dolores Gomez and Lanna Pangle lost their first match against Mark Morris High School 6-2, 6-0.

The Sunnyside team went on to play a team from Highline High School, winning 6-4, 6-3.

Gomez and Pangle played their last match of the tournament against a team from Shorecrest High School, losing 6-2, 6-0.

"They had a solid performance," Whittle said of the two girls.

Also playing at the State tournament were Erica Mendez and Jerika Martinez, who lost their first match of the tournament to a team from Evergreen High School 6-3, 6-3.

The loss put the two girls in the consolation bracket, where they took on a team from R.A. Long High School. Mendez and Martinez lost 6-2, 6-1.

"They ran into some girls who were really aggressive net players," Whittle said of Mendez and Martinez.


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