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Sunnyside High net squads' struggles continue

KENNEWICK - Both the Sunnyside boys and girls tennis teams lost league matches to the Kamiakin Braves last night.

The boys lost 7-0 to Kamiakin, according to Sunnyside Coach Troy Whittle.

He said, "Our kids played their best, but were not as competitive as in previous matches."

Ahn-Vu Thai of Kamiakin defeated Matt Johnson 6-0 in straight sets in No. 1 singles play.

Sunnyside No. 2 singles player Jorge Pacheco also sustained a 6-0, 6-0 loss to Peter Brown.

In No. 3 singles action, Grizzly Jay Kim lost 6-1 in straight matches to Josh Thornton of Kamiakin, and Sunnyside No. 4 singles player Randy DeRuyter dropped 6-0, 6-0 sets to Matt Friehauf.

The Sunnyside boys No. 1 doubles duo of Joey Zijlstra and Mike Martin lost 6-0, 6-1 in a match-up against Kamiakin's Matt Huising and Andrew Chiou.

Eddie Chiou and Senthuran Theruthason of Kamiakin defeated Sunnyside No. 2 doubles players Jonas Linde and Anthony Rodriguez 6-1, 6-0, and Sunnyside's Anthony Aguilar and Daniel Wavrin lost 6-0, 6-2 to Jed Williams and Collin Bampton of the Braves in No. 3 doubles play.

"I think I saw first-hand the difference between the kids who go to the indoor court club on a regular basis in addition to practice versus those who play tennis as well as other sports," commented Whittle, stating that he did not feel that, however, was any excuse for his team. He said it was an example of the efforts that are needed for Sunnyside to have a championship team.

The Sunnyside girls earned one victory in their match-up against the Lady Braves.

Sunnyside No. 2 doubles players Hannah Marro and Sasha Castro claimed a 6-2, 6-3 win over Kamiakin's Michelle Stephens and Emily Smith, moving the Sunnyside duo's record to 4-1.

"I did not anticipate this kind of success so quickly from them," Whittle said of the pair's record.

He said the No. 3 doubles match was a battle, with a decision for a tie-breaker to 10 points having to be made. Bo Kim and Avalon Valencia eventually lost the battle 3-6, 6-2 (10-8) to Kamiakin's Monica Shin and Becca Lloyd.

Cindy Gudino and Cristal Sandoval of Sunnyside were defeated 6-1, 6-0 by Kamiakin's Caitlin Bampton and Stacey Smith in No. 1 doubles action.

Sunnyside No. 1 singles player Regina Mendez was not on the court again. Whittle said her absence hurt the team's depth, however he was able to provide Daniela Ramos her first varsity match in No. 4 singles action. Ramos lost by identical 6-1 scores.

Madonna Gonzalez slipped into the Sunnyside No. 1 singles spot and was defeated 6-0 in straight sets by Kamiakin's Brittney Reed.

Sunnyside No. 2 singles player Elvira Chiprez was handed a 6-1, 6-2 defeat by Demi Warner, and Jaleh Davair of Kamiakin defeated Sunnyside's Jamie Zijlstra 6-0 in straight sets in the No. 3 singles match-up.

Whittle said the girls team "...remains competitive in what has been proven to be an incredible league."

Sunnyside returns to the court in Wenatchee this Thursday. Monday's defeat drops the boys record to 0-5 and the girls fell to 1-4 overall.

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