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G'view netters sweep Toppenish

TOPPENISH - It was a clean sweep for the Grandview tennis program, which swept CWAC South foe Toppenish yesterday 4-1 in boys play and 3-2 in girls matches.

In boys action, Kevin Floyd and Marco Diaz were dominant for Grandview in singles play, with identical 6-1, 6-0 victories over Ethan Reynolds and Josh Schutz, respectively.

The lone Greyhound loss for the boys came in first doubles, where Nick Saldana and Robert Madrigal were defeated 6-2, 7-5 by Toppenish's duo of Mario Peters and Jon Schutz.

Grandview clinched the boys match, though, with tight, three set wins in second and third doubles play.

The Greyhound duo of Rodrigo Fajardo and Paulino Fajardo rallied for a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Aaron Avalos and Johnny Gonzalez of Toppenish.

Grandview's third doubles pair of Raymond Cantu and Lionel DeLeon wrapped up the match by holding on for a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 win over Rudy Artiaga and Fernando Rameriz.

In girls play, Toppenish ran out to a quick 2-0 lead with victories in singles play. Grandview's Allison Grow lost 6-4, 6-3 to Christina Morena and Rosalinda Godinez lost 6-0, 6-0 to Yvette Aguilera of Toppenish.

Grandview swept all three girls doubles match to take the team victory, starting with Miranda Shreeve and Cristina Meza's 6-0, 6-1 romp over Angela Sanchez and Sarah Dones.

Sara Amaro and Kyla Leyendekker rallied for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 victory over Nayely Mendoza and Veronica Graciano.

That tied the match at 2-2, with Adriana Valdez and Lily Yoon's 6-1, 6-3 win over Toppenish's Melani Nunez and Lizeth Dimas breaking the deadlock.

Coach Jaime Morales noted that the boys prevailed, despite the fact two of the doubles teams played together for the first time. Due to injuries and eligibility issues, Morales said he had to juggle his lineup.

The second doubles team of Rodrigo and Paulino Fajardo, for example, twice had to rally to stave off defeat. After the opening set loss, the Fajardo's rallied from a 4-3 deficit in the second set and were down 3-1 in the third before rebounding by winning the final five games.

"They pulled it out," Morales said of the 4-1 team victory. "That could have easily been a 3-2 win for Toppenish."

In girls play, Grandview was also shorthanded as two players had just returned from Europe following spring break.

As a result, Morales put his two singles players-Shreeve and Meza-into a winning doubles duo for yesterday's match.

The result was so positive that Morales said Shreeve and Meza will likely stay at first doubles for the remainder of the season. "I think they'll be a strong doubles team. They'll have a chance to make it further in the regional tourney."

The Grandview boys (4-1, 5-1) and girls (1-4, 2-4) return to the court tomorrow for a non-league match at Selah.

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