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Sunnyside girls win over Hanford

RICHLAND - The Sunnyside Grizzly tennis teams faced some tough competition Tuesday afternoon as they took on the Hanford Falcons.

The Sunnyside girls were able to push past Hanford, winning 3-2. However, the boys weren't as lucky, losing to the Falcons 3-2.

For the Sunnyside girls it was the doubles teams that helped bring the Grizzlies to victory.

The No. 1 doubles team of Erica Mendez and Jerika Martinez won over Hanford's Maggi Crow and Shaemie Moon 6-1, 6-0.

"Our girls really looked really sharp," Sunnyside Coach Troy Whittle said of Mendez and Martinez.

Sunnyside's No. 2 doubles team of Lanna Pangle and Lizeth Chiprez scored a victory over Hanford's Sojata Amin and Harneet Sandhu, winning 6-0, 6-1.

Playing at the No. 3 doubles spot was the team of Jessica Gudino and Andrea Oesterle, who won over Hanford's Jordan Jackson and Michelle Wingfield 6-3, 6-0.

Sunnyside's No. 1 singles player Dolores Gomez lost to Hanford's Molly Knox 6-2, 6-1.

Despite the loss, Whittle said Gomez did a good job of keeping pace with Knox.

"Molly Knox is probably the best player in the league," Whittle said. "I was very proud of how Dolores played."

Playing in the No. 2 singles spot for Sunnyside was sophomore Nikki Hernandez, who lost to Hanford's Rachel Reddick 6-3, 6-3.

Whittle said the experience of playing No. 2 singles has been good for Hernandez.

"She's getting that experience and her consistency is improving," Whittle said.

Overall, Whittle said the win was a good one for the girls team (7-4, 9-4).

"It's still been a successful year," he said of the girls' progress so far this season.

Securing the two wins for the Sunnyside boys team were brothers Johnny and Danny Plesha.

Junior Danny Plesha, playing in the No. 1 singles spot, won over Hanford's Oliver Lei 6-0, 6-0.

Whittle said it was a nice win for the younger Plesha brother because Lei will likely be the first seed in the No. 1 singles category at State this year.

Sunnyside's No. 2 singles player Johnny Plesha won over James Cavanaugh 6-0, 6-2.

"He had to work for that win," Whittle said of Johnny Plesha. He noted that Cavanaugh was hitting the ball very well.

Sunnyside's No. 1 doubles team of Tyler Thompson and Jonathan Beals lost to Hanford's John Choi and David Zhang 6-2, 1-6, 6-0.

"During the second set Tyler particularly played really well," Whittle said.

Playing in the No. 2 doubles spot for Sunnyside was the team of Jake Wavrin and Hunter Van de Graaf. The two lost to Hanford's Kyle Hodgson and Jonathan Luo 6-3, 7-6 (7-5).

"I thought we were going to take that one to a third set," Whittle said.

Sunnyside's Justin Snyder and Jesus Alquicira, playing in the No. 3 doubles spot, lost to the team of Eric Autrey and David Flaten 6-4, 2-6, 6-1.

Whittle said the boys' (4-7, 6-7) loss was due mostly to adjustments not being made. He said a lot of younger players are struggling to make the adjustments necessary to stay ahead during a match.

The Sunnyside tennis teams will take to the court again for their last match of the regular season on Saturday at 10 a.m. against West Valley.

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