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SHS boys tennis teams ups league record to 8-1

It was close, but not close enough for Sunnyside's tennis program, which just missed a sweep at home yesterday over MVL foe Wapato.

The Grizzly boys roared to a 4-1 victory.

In singles play Danny Plesha of Sunnyside defeated Ryan Huibregtse 6-0, 6-0.

Jesus Alquicira followed with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Wapato's Kevin Velasco in No. 2 singles.

Sunnyside's Tyler Thompson and Jake Wavrin defeated Elmer Arreola and Jun-Jun Benedicto 6-3, 6-4 in No. 1 doubles.

Hunter Van deGraaf and Mitchell Sanchez defeated the Wolves' Jordan Ritchie and Bryan Desono 6-0, 6-0.

Wapato's lone win in boys play was a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 victory by Rogelio Ruiz and Zack Sanchez over Justin Snyder and Jacob Kresse.

The Sunnyside boys improved to 8-1 in league play and 9-1 overall with the victory.

The Lady Grizzlies lost a heartbreaking, and somewhat controversial, 3-2 match to the Wapato girls.

Sunnyside dominated in singles play, as Jerika Martinez beat Vicky Gonzalez 6-2, 6-1 in No. 1 singles, and Jessica Gudino defeated Veronica Lopez 6-2, 7-6.

But the Lady Grizzlies were swept in doubles play.

The pivotal girls match of the day came in No. 1 doubles, when Wapato's Marilu Cruz and Jocelyne Ninatanta defeated Helen Shuttleworth and Regina Mendez 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.

"It was a controversial finish that impacted the outcome of the match," said Sunnyside Coach Troy Whittle. "But our girls fought hard and played a good match."

Wapato's Damarise Navarro and Diana Renteria followed with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Hannah Paulakis and Capri Miles in No. 2 doubles.

The Lady Wolves wrapped up the team match victory when Ashley Arreola and Anselma Azurin defeated Sunnyside's Addy Hernandez and Gayle Hansen 6-3 7-5.

The loss dropped the Lady Grizzlies to 2-7 in league play and 3-7 overall.

Today, Thursday, the Grizzly tennis teams are at home to take on rival Grandview.

"We will be approaching them a little bit differently since it is a non-league match," said Whittle.

How different?

Sunnyside and Grandview aces Danny Plesha and Tim Floyd will moved to doubles because they play each other so often.

Plesha is scheduled to team up with Tyler Thompson and Floyd is expected to partner with Marco Diaz in the No. 1 doubles match.

"That should be one hard-hitting doubles match," Whittle observed.

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