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SHS net squads take the hop out of the Jackrabbits

QUINCY - In a non-league tennis match last night, the Sunnyside boys and girls teams dominated in 5-0 victories over Quincy.

Danny Plesha grabbed a 6-0, 6-0 win over Galino Guerrero in No. 1 boys singles play to get things started, and Hunter Van deGraaf followed with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Quincy's Galino Guerrero.

The Grizzlies' Tyler Thompson and Jake Wavrin defeated Dylan Fries and Todd Yeates 7-5, 6-4 in No. 1 doubles play.

Sunnyside's Mitchell Sanchez and Jesus Alquicira, at No. 2 doubles, prevailed for a 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 win over Kyle Ovenell and Blake Van Dyke.

After losing the first set, Sanchez and Alquicira were down 1-5 in the second before winning 12 of the next 15 games to take the match.

"How easy would that have been for them to pack it in, down 1-6,1-5?" asked Coach Troy Whittle. "I'm proud of the way they kept battling."

Rounding out the boys competition were Justin Snyder and Jacob Kresse defeating the Jackrabbits' duo of Jonathan Velasquez and Armando Diaz 7-5, 6-3.

The win improved the Sunnyside boys to 6-1 on the season.

Jerrika Martinez and Jessica Gudino kept the momentum going for the Sunnyside girls with a sweep in singles play.

Martinez defeated Quincy's Mindy Kim 6-1, 6-0 in No. 1 singles play and Jessica Gudino won 6-1, 6-1 over Katie Homer.

Regina Mendez and Helen Shuttleworth of Sunnyside defeated Kellie Bird and Taylor Sunwold 7-6, 6-0.

The Lady Grizzlies' second doubles team of Hannah Paulakis and Capri Miles prevailed 6-3, 7-6 over Samantha Reynolds and Bonnie Knodell.

The team sweep was secured in the third doubles victory by Addy Hernandez and Gayle Hansen, 6-3, 6-4 over Christina Grunwald and Paula Cunha.

The Sunnyside girls improved to 3-4 overall.

"On the boy's side Quincy is a very good team. They were 7-2 coming into this match and we had to fight for every match in doubles," Whittle said of the Jackrabbits, whose assistant coach is his younger brother.

Whittle said the two tie-breaker victories in girls competition was a boost for the Lady Grizzlies. "That's a confidence builder, the girls have lost a lot of tiebreakers, so it was nice to get two today."

The Sunnyside tennis teams take the court this Saturday for an MVL match at Ellensburg.

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