YAKIMA - The Sunnyside High School boys and girls tennis squads earned 3-2 victories over the 2A Red Devils last night (Thursday).
"We won!" exclaimed Sunnyside Coach Troy Whittle.
He said the win over East Valley, the first victory for the Sunnyside boys squad, felt good.
"It was exciting for our players," Whittle said.
Because East Valley hosted the match, the teams played the 2A format of two singles matches and three doubles matches.
Whittle said East Valley played their strongest players in doubles for the match.
Sunnyside No. 1 boys singles player Matt Johnson defeated East Valley's Dustin Martinez 6-0, 6-1, and Jorge Pacheco of Sunnyside handed Eric Wilson of East Valley a 6-0, 6-1 defeat in No. 2 boys singles play.
Whittle said three of Sunnyside's players were unable to compete, but he felt the match against East Valley was encouraging for the players who were able to battle for the victory.
The third win for Sunnyside was earned by No. 3 boys doubles players Spencer Jaquish and Anthony Kim. The duo outmatched Dilbar Chhokar and John Olsen 6-2 in straight sets.
The two losses for the Sunnyside boys squad were in No. 1 and No. 2 doubles play. Jonas Linde and Daniel Wavrin were defeated 6-0, 6-2 in No. 1 doubles play, and Mike Martin and Joey Zijlstra lost 6-2, 6-4.
Whittle said the East Valley girls are currently at the top of their 2A league, and the Lady Grizzly squad's morale was boosted by its 3-2 victory.
Sunnyside No. 2 singles player Christine Kim earned the first victory for Sunnyside. She defeated East Valley's Apryl Sellers 6-0, 6-3.
"Christine is only a freshman, but she is doing very well at the varsity level," said Whittle.
He said the No. 1 doubles match was also a great win for Sunnyside.
Regina Mendez and Madonna Gonzalez, formerly singles players, played their third match together in No. 1 doubles.
"They are playing better than ever," Whittle noted, stating the duo earned a 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 victory over Red Devils Jaclyn Simmons and Haley O'Hara.
He said Mendez and Gonzalez were down 3-0 in the first set, but overcame the deficit when they found a rhythm in their play.
"Regina's backhand was the best ever," Whittle commented.
He said the No. 1 doubles match and No. 3 doubles match ended at nearly the same time, creating some excitement for Sunnyside.
Sunnyside's No. 3 doubles players Hannah Marro and Cindy Gudino defeated Karlee Harris and Kayla Davis of East Valley 6-4, 6-3.
Losses for the Lady Grizzlies came in No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles.
Sunnyside No. 1 singles player Sasha Castro was outmatched by East Valley's Kate Wilson 6-0 in straight sets.
Whittle said Wilson is a good player and he doesn't believe Sunnyside has a player who could have defeated the East Valley netter.
Jamie Miller and Laura Assink of East Valley handed Sunnyside its second defeat of the match, as Sunnyside's Cristal Sandoval and Bo Kim lost in No. 2 doubles play by a 6-3, 6-4 score.
Sunnyside's tennis teams are playing today and tomorrow in the Inland Empire tourney in Spokane.
The victories over East Valley improve the boys overall record to 1-10 and the girls record to 2-9.