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S'side tennis splits at W. Valley

Boys win first match at West Valley in more than 10 years

YAKIMA - It had been a long drought for the Grizzly boys tennis program, at least 10 years since they won at powerful West Valley.

And 10 years is probably a conservative estimate, according to Coach Troy Whittle.

"West Valley was so dominant during the 1990's, the only lost two matches, period, during that time," said Whittle.

The Sunnyside boys' drought at West Valley ended yesterday with a 3-2 win over the Rams.

Danny Plesha, as always, got the match off to a winning start for the Grizzlies with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Torrie Brantner, likely the best player in the MVL Plesha will face this season, noted Whittle.

Tyler Thompson followed with a 6-1, 6-1 win over the Rams' Greg Mathes to put Sunnyside up 2-0.

West Valley got back into the match with Clay Burke and Kirk Liebercht defeating Sunnyside's Hunter Van deGraaf and Jake Wavrin 6-3, 6-0.

The Sunnyside second doubles duo of Jesus Alquicira and Mitchell Sanchez wrapped up the team win with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Curtis Moore and Eugene Kim.

West Valley's other victory came in third doubles, where Seth and Syrus Bricel defeated Jacob Kresse and Justin Snyder 6-1, 6-0.

The win moved Sunnyside's boys to 4-1 in league, good for sole possession of second-place in the Mid-Valley League. The outcome also dropped West Valley to third in league at 3-2.

The Lady Grizzlies had a tougher time, losing 5-0 to a West Valley team that has everybody back from an undefeated campaign last season.

Sunnyside's Jerrika Martinez threw a scare into Brooke Foster, a state competitor two years ago, by taking a 5-2 first set lead. Foster rallied by winning the rest of the games on the way to a 7-5, 6-0 win.

The Lady Rams' Sarah Cooper defeated Jessica Gudino 6-0, 6-0, and West Valley clinched the team win over Sunnyside as reigning district champs Heather Hickman and Jaymee Gilmore defeated Regina Mendes and Helen Shuttleworth 6-0, 6-3. "I was pretty pleased for Regina and Helen to get three sets on them," said Whittle.

Sunnyside's Capri Miles and Hannah Paulakis were defeated 6-1, 6-1 by Amanda Butler and Laura Sainsbury.

The match concluded with West Valley's Shae Oswalt and Natalie Delo defeating Gayle Hansen and Addy Hernandez 6-0, 6-0.

The loss dropped the Lady Grizzlies to 2-4 in league play.

Sunnyside's tennis teams next take to the hardcourt tomorrow when they host Ellensburg.

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