Wednesday, March 30, 2005
GRANDVIEW - Kevin Floyd once again led the Grandview boys to victory with an easy win, 6-0, 6-0 over his Naches opponent.
"Kevin is an awesome player. He's not going to struggle with many opponents in the league," said Coach Charlie Diaz. "He's so consistent."
Ranked in the top 10 in the state for a non-school league Floyd plays for, Floyd's biggest competition will be at the State tournament level later this season.
"He has a strong game all around. He makes it look easy," said Diaz.
Playing in tough conditions, with strong wind and chilly temperatures, the boys were able to sweep the Rangers 5-0.
The No. 2 singles player for Naches forfeited his match against Marco Diaz, so in a last minute switch, Marcos Espinoza went to No. 2 singles and Diaz teamed up with Robert Madrigal in the No. 1 doubles competition.
"Marco is regularly No. 2 singles, but I wanted to get him a match," said Diaz.
The two showed good teamwork in their first match playing together, winning 6-3, 6-1, said Diaz.
No. 2 doubles players Nicholas Saldana and Raymond Cantu, in their second match together, defeated Seth Taylor and Jeff Wilson 6-1, 6-0.
"They seem to be playing well together as a team," said Diaz.
Also winning 6-1, 6-0 for Grandview were Chase Lindsley and Zach Poteet.
"I was really impressed with them. They're first year players," said Diaz.
"Both Zach and Chase are learning the game and are good athletes. Hopefully, they will continue to do well as a team,' said Diaz.
The girls were not as fortunate, losing 3-2 to the Rangers.
No. 1 doubles players Allison Grow and Danika Martinez won 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.
"After losing the first set they stuck with it and came back to win two sets," said Diaz. "They stuck it out and played aggressively at the net."
Also hanging on for a win were Grandview's No. 3 doubles players, freshmen Josie Cruz and Olivia Gomez.
Evenly matched against first year Naches players Hayley Curry and Reva Main, Cruz and Gomez lost the first set 7-6 (5) in a tiebreaker. The girls won the second set 2-6 and in a tiebreaker final match, held due to time restraints, the Grandview girls took the final set (7-4).
"We have such a young girls team, but they are doing well," said Diaz.
Returning player Miranda Schreeve of Grandview played No. 1 singles against Katie Drollinger. Schreeve lost 6-3, 6-0 to Drollinger, who placed fourth at State last year.
"Miranda played well her first set," said Diaz, adding that her ground strokes could be more consistent.
A tough loss in the first set for No. 2 singles player Cristina Meza was difficult for her to overcome.
"She lost the first set in a tiebreaker," said Diaz. "It was tough to come back after the tiebreaker loss."
Meza lost 7-6 (3) 6-1.
Also losing for Grandview were Kyla Leyendecker and Bianca Rodriguez. They were defeated by Liz Rich and Amanda Covert 6-3, 6-1.