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GRANDVIEW - What a difference a month makes.

On March 28 the Grandview boys tennis team was pounded 4-1 by first-place East Valley.

Exactly one month later, this past Friday, the 'Hounds turned the tables with a 3-2 win over the Red Devils to grab a share of the CWAC South league lead.

"We are a different team now," said Greyhound Coach Jaime Morales.

Grandview's boys team is literally different, as Morales has shuffled his line-up over the course of the season.

A constant for the boys was ace Kevin Floyd, who prevailed in No. 1 singles 6-0, 6-0 over Scott LaBree.

In what proved to be a pivotal match, Marco Diaz held off East Valley's Erik Nelson for a 6-2, 6-7, 7-6 victory in a three-hour No. 2 singles match.

"I'm very proud of Marco," Morales said. "He was down 4-0 in the second set and could have caved in at that point."

Diaz rallied in the second before falling short in a tie breaker. In the third set, he was down 2-0 and trailed throughout before overtaking Nelson.

"That was a real gut check for Marco that he hadn't had all year," said Morales.

East Valley won the No. 1 and 2 doubles matches to pull even at 2-2.

Jake Gefre and Cam Brulotte got the rally started for the Red Devils with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Robert Madrigal and Nick Saldana.

East Valley's No. 2 doubles team of Coalby Valicoff and Jeren Franks followed with a 6-2. 2-6, 6-3 victory over Rodrigo and Paulino Fajardo.

That set the stage for Grandview's No. 3 doubles team-Raymond Cantu and Lionel DeLeon-who Morales said have split time between the junior varsity and the varsity this season.

"They blew East Valley out of the water in that first set," Morales said of Cantu and DeLeon's 6-0, 7-5 win over Kyle Perrotti and Tony Pieti. "I was surprised at the score. I'm very proud of them."

The team victory advanced the Grandview boys to 10-1 in league play and 11-3 overall.

The roles were reversed in the girls match, as CWAC South contender East Valley swept to a 5-0 victory.

Grandview's Miranda Shreeve, nearly overcome with allergies, lost 7-6, 6-1 to Casie Snyder. Sydney Mottice lost to East Valley's Katie Wilson 6-2, 6-0.

The Lady Red Devils then swept doubles play.

East Valley's Karen Martin and Lynea Cupples defeated Cristina Meza and Danika Martinez in No. 1 doubles.

Following that were Katie Butler and Laura Assink, who prevailed 6-2, 6-4 over Grandview's Sara Amaro and Kyla Leyendekker.

Grandview's closest opportunity to a win came in No. 3 doubles, where Christine Penwell and Noelle Miller lost a three-setter to East Valley's Haley O'Hara and Jaclyn Simmons, 6-3, 6-7, 6-1.

The loss dropped the Lady Greyhounds to 4-7 in league and 6-8 overall.

Grandview closes out the regular season at Othello tomorrow (Tuesday). A win by the Greyhound boys assures them no worse than a tie for the league title.


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