RICHLAND - It was bad news and good news for the Sunnyside High School tennis teams at Hanford High School last Saturday.
The boys fell to likely the best team in the league by a combined score of 7-0, while the girls earned their first win of the season 4-3.
Tied 3-3, the decisive match was between Sunnyside's Madonna Gonzalez and Maria Antoniak of Hanford.
"Madonna has a heart of gold," said Coach Troy Whittle. "She is very aware when we're watching her, typically when we watch she struggles."
So Gonzalez's teammates didn't let her know her match was for all the marbles.
Gonzalez came through with a hard fought 7-5, 6-4 victory.
In other girls singles play, Sunnyside's Vikina Pavlova won 6-1, 6-0, and teammates Regina Mendez and Nikki Hernandez prevailed 6-4, 7-5 and 6-3, 6-3, respectively.
In girls doubles, Gayle Hansen and Hannah Paulakis lost 6-4, 6-3 for the Lady Grizzlies, while teammates Elvira Chiprez and Jessica Gonzalez lost 6-1, 6-1. In the third doubles match, Cindy Gudino and Jamie Zijlstra lost 6-0, 6-1.
The Falcon boys took control early over the youthful Grizzlies.
In singles, Sunnyside's Mitchell Sanchez lost 6-0, 6-1 to Jake Knox, a State qualifier last year. In No. 2 singles, Jacob Kresse Sunnyside lost 6-0, 6-0 to Curtis Lan, also a State qualifier last season.
In other matches Sunnyside's Matt Johnson lost 6-0, 6-0, and teammate Jorge Pacheco fell 6-0, 6-0.
In first doubles, Jake Wavrin and Hunter Van de Graaf provided the best match for the Grizzly boys in a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 loss.
Other Sunnyside boys doubles results included Jon Martin and Justin Snyder's 6-0, 6-1 loss, as well as Osvaldo Alvarez and Tyler Carpenter, who fell by the same score.
Sunnyside's girls improved to 1-0 in league play and 1-2 overall, while the boys are now 0-1 and 0-3.
The Sunnyside tennis teams hit the road today for a make-up match at Southridge High School.