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Floyd advances for G'view tennis

YAKIMA - Make it four-for-four for Grandview tennis player Kevin Floyd.

The senior advanced to his fourth consecutive State tennis tournament in singles play during the Regional tourney held this past weekend.

Floyd defended last year's Regional crown by again capturing the individual title this year, winning all of his matches in straight sets.

In play last Friday at Regionals, Floyd quickly dispatched Deer Park's Ben Graise 6-1, 6-0. He followed that up with an even more convincing 6-0, 6-0 win over Cascade of Leavenworth's C. Hudson.

In Saturday's semi-final, Floyd cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Matt Stewart of Omak.

That set up the 2A Regional final, which proved to be Floyd's closest match of the season.

Floyd prevailed 6-3, 6-4 over Tyson McGuffin of Chelan to take the crown, but it was not without a fight, said Grandview tennis coach Jaime Morales.

"This kid (McGuffin) could get the ball back and he had a strong serve," said Morales. "Kevin was not at his best, but he was facing a tougher opponent."

Grandview nearly qualified a second boys player, Marco Diaz, for State.

After winning his first match at Regionals, 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 over Ephrata's Leon Rubaclava, Diaz was defeated 6-4, 6-1 by Max Nelson of Medical Lake.

That set up a consolation quarterfinal match later on Friday for Diaz, with the winner advancing to State and the loser done for the season.

Diaz lost the first set 6-2 to Ethan Reynolds of Toppenish and looked done for the year in the second, down 5-1.

Diaz battled back to win the second set 7-5 but then lost the third and deciding set 7-6 in a tiebreaker.

"I'm proud of Marco," said Morales. "He showed more heart than I've ever seen from him."

In girls competition, Grandview's lone player at Regionals was Miranda Shreeve, a 6-0, 6-3 first-round loser to S. Casper of Cascade of Leavenworth. Casper went on to take second at Regionals and advance to State.

Floyd, the only Grandview player to advance to the State 2A tourney this coming weekend in Yakima, will be looking on his previous State appearances which earned him no worse than a fourth-place trophy each time out.

"He'll have a tough match or two, but I expect him to win it all," Morales said of his ace.

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