Grizzly boys rope Mustangs

PROSSER - Things didn't pan out very well for the Sunnyside Grizzly girls tennis team Thursday night. But the boys team made up for it, winning against the Mustangs.

The Sunnyside boys breezed past Prosser, winning 4-1, while the girls team couldn't pull together and fell to Prosser 4-1.

Winning at the No. 1 singles spot for the boys was junior Danny Plesha. Plesha beat Prosser's Dan Ophardt 6-0, 6-0.

Sunnyside Coach Troy Whittle said Plesha had a silver set during the match, meaning Ophardt only scored one point during the whole set.

In the No. 2 singles position, senior Johnny Plesha also tallied up a win for the Grizzlies. Plesha won over Prosser's Serg Torres 6-0, 6-0.

"He served really well yesterday," Whittle said of the older Plesha brother.

Sunnyside's No. 1 doubles team of Tyler Thompson and Jonathan Beals won over Prosser's Casey Lusk and Bud Sexton 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Whittle said Thompson and Beals were actually down 5-2 in the third set, but managed to battle back for the win.

"They did well at the net," Whittle said of the team.

In the No. 2 doubles spot was the team of Jake Wavrin and Hunter Van de Graaf, who won over Prosser's Kory Warwick and Jorgen Gilbertson 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6).

"This was a really competitive match," Whittle said.

The No. 3 doubles team of Justin Snyder and Jesus Alquicira lost to Prosser's Kellen Crawford and Wiley Schwartz 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.

The Sunnyside boys team (4-6, 6-6) is on a roll, having won five of its past six matches

As for the girls, the only victory of the afternoon came at No. 1 singles. Sunnyside's Dolores Gomez won over Prosser's Eddy Montes 7-5, 7-6.

Whittle said Montes was the same type of tennis player as Gomez, which made for an interesting match.

In the No. 2 singles spot sophomore Nikki Hernandez lost to Prosser's Diana Smith 6-0, 6-4.

"She did well on consistency," Whittle said of Hernandez.

Sunnyside's No. 1 doubles team of Erica Mendez and Jerika Martinez lost to Prosser's Ashley Plata and Audrey Smith 1-6, 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (8-6).

"We just killed them in the first set," Whittle said, but then his team pulled back and wasn't able to gain the momentum necessary to pull out a win. "They started playing not to lose instead of to win," he said.

In the No. 2 doubles spot the team of Lanna Pangle and Lizeth Chiprez lost to Prosser's Adrienne Mille and Lauren Fiedler 6-3, 6-2.

"They really struggled," Whittle said of Pangle and Chiprez.

Sunnyside' No. 3 doubles team Jessica Gudino and Andrea Oesterle lost to Prosser's Sophie Benson and Kelsey Crawford 6-2, 7-5.

Whittle said the girls team (6-4, 8-3) as been struggling lately, adding that there are still doubles teams that are working to get comfortable with each other.

The Sunnyside tennis teams will take to the court again today (Friday) in Spokane. The two teams are taking part in a tournament in Spokane that will last throughout the weekend.


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