SELAH - The Sunnyside High School tennis program got an early look at its boys and girls teams during the Selah Invite this past Saturday. It was a non-counting tourney which featured the Grizzlies, Selah, O'Dea's boys and Holy Name's girls. O'Dea and Holy Name Academy are private high schools in the Seattle area.
Danny Plesha swept to victory in two matches for Sunnyside's boys, 6-0, 6-0 over his Selah opponent and 6-1, 6-1 victory over his O'Dea counterpart.
"The O'Dea player is probably the third best in our district and it shows how strong of a player Danny is that he won 6-1, 6-1," observed Grizzly Coach Troy Whittle.
Tyler Thompson played a hand in two other wins for the Sunnyside boys, rallying for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 over a Selah opponent, then teaming with Hunter Van de Graaf for a three-set win over O'Dea's first doubles team.
"He's worked his tail off," Whittle said of Thompson. "Tyler's a coachable player and that's one of the greatest skills for a tennis player."
The rebuilding Sunnyside girls program, which lost six of eight players from last year's team, was led by Jennylynn Aganda's hard-fought 6-4, 7-6 victory in the second singles match.
In first singles, Jerika Martinez captured the first set, then faltered late in a three-set loss to a USTA-ranked O'Dea opponent.
Recording a win for the Sunnyside girls was the doubles team of Capri Miles and Hannah Paulakis, who defeated their Selah counterparts after losing to Holy Name's doubles team.
The Sunnyside tennis team travels to Wapato this Tuesday for a Mid-Valley League match.