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Grizzlies gain split in league opener

WAPATO - The Sunnyside boys tennis team dominated Wapato in a 5-0 Mid-Valley League opening whitewash yesterday.

The Lady Grizzlies prevailed in singles play, but lost a couple of three-set matches in doubles action to drop a heartbreaking 3-2 league loss at Wapato.

In the boys match, the Grizzlies didn't lose a set as Danny Plesha opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Wapato's Ryan Huibregtse.

Tyler Thompson won the second boys singles match, 6-0, 6-3 over the Wolves' Jordan Ritchie.

In doubles play, Sunnyside's Jake Wavrin and Hunter van de Graaf bested Elmer Arreola and Jun-Jun Benedicto 6-3, 6-4. The closest boys doubles match came in second doubles, where the Grizzlies' Mitchell Sanchez and Jesus Alquicira held on for a 7-5, 6-3 win over Wapato's Mario Vela and Kevin Velasco.

The Sunnyside doubles team of Justin Snyder and Jacob Kresse wrapped things up with a convincing 6-2, 6-1 victory over Mark Ming Ming and Rogelio Ruiz of Wapato.

The Lady Grizzlies continued the winning ways through singles play.

Jerika Martinez opened with a 6-1, 6-1 win for Sunnyside over the Wolves' Damarise Navarro and Jessica Gudino followed with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Ashley Arreola.

Sunnyside was unable to maintain the momentum, however, in losing all three doubles matches.

Coach Troy Whittle explained the doubles players are all new to the Sunnyside varsity this year.

"There were some tears after the match," Whittle said of the near-win for the Lady Grizzlies. "But that's all right, that shows they care."

Sunnyside's Regina Mendes and Helen Shuttleworth lost 6-1,6-0 in the first girls doubles match to Wapato's Marilu Cruz and Vicky Gonzalez.

The Wolves' duo of Jocelyne Ninatanta and Dianna Renteria followed that with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 win over Sunnyside's Capri Miles and Hannah Paulakis.

That set up the fifth and deciding girls match.

The Lady Grizzlies' team of Gayle Hansen and Addy Hernandez started strong with a 7-5 first set win over Wapato's Anselma Azurin and Veronica Lopez, before faltering in a 6-0 second set loss.

Hansen and Hernandez rallied from a 5-4 deficit in the tie-breaking third set to make it 5-5. In each of the next two games the girls led before losing both in a 7-5 loss.

"We're looking for improvement each time out and we saw that tonight," Whittle said last night of the girls match. "We know what we have to work on in practice."

The Sunnyside boys (1-0) and girls (0-1) hit the court again today in an MVL match at Hanford.

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