Sunnyside tennis squads compete at Walla Walla invite

WALLA WALLA - No team scores were kept, but the Grizzly tennis teams showed improvement in their second outing of the season during last Saturday's Walla Walla Jamboree.

Leading the way in girls play for Sunnyside was Slovakian transfer student Vikina Pavlova, who defeated Southridge's Stephanie Hamilton 8-2 and Walla Walla's Krista Morasch by a score of 8-1.

"Those were good matches for here," said Coach Troy Whittle. "She did better than she did against Moses Lake."

In other girls play, Sunnyside's Cristal Sandoval showed improvement with a pair of close 8-6 losses.

Over in doubles play, the Lady Grizzlies came up with a couple of impressive wins. The Sunnyside duo of Nikki Hernandez and Madonna Gonzalez won 8-6 over Walla Walla's Kelsie Davisson and Norma Arceo. In addition, Felicia Garcia and Elvira Chiprez of Sunnyside prevailed 8-4 over Southridge's Kelly McLeod and Gloria Sehgcnuuh.

In boys play, a couple of freshmen stood out for Sunnyside.

Randy DeRuyter overcame a 5-1 deficit before falling 8-6 to a Walla Walla opponent.

"He came back and showed me a lot," Whittle said of the freshman, who saw his first varsity action on Saturday. "He has a chance to be real good."

Another freshman, Matt Johnson, dropped a pair of heartbreaking matches at the jamboree, losing 8-6 to Southridge's Ashton Davis and 9-8 to Walla Walla's Matt Waring.

"For a freshman he did really well," Whittle said of Johnson.

Overall, Whittle called the jamboree a "step in the right direction". He added, "It's a real good gauge on what our new league will be like."

Sunnyside, a 3A school, returns to action this Thursday for a non-league contest at 4A Davis.


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