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Lady Grizzly netters earn first team victory

The Sunnyside High School girls tennis team chalked up its first win of the season yesterday with a 4-3 home victory over Chiawana.

Sunnyside Coach Macario Solis said the Lady Grizzlies secured the team win with a victory by Janet Cuevas in No. 3 singles.

"She has played a lot of tough matches throughout the season and you can see her game developing," Solis said. "She is a more consistent player compared to earlier in the season."

That season-long progress resulted in Cuevas garnering a straight set, 7-5, 6-3 win over Chiawana's Allison Barmettor.

Cuevas' match was the only win in singles play for Sunnyside, as the Lady Grizzlies swept through with victories in all three doubles matches to secure the victory.

The Lady Grizz duo of Hannah Marro and Jessie Robert captured the No. 1 doubles match with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Roxy Stapleton and Julie Campos.

That was followed by the Sunnyside tandem of Emily Meyer and Christine Kim dispatching Chiawana's Emily Vaghro and Shawni Olin, 6-2, 6-1.

The Lady Grizzlies' big day also included a 6-4, 6-0 No. 3 doubles win by Jill Spini and Amanda Villareal over Chiawana's Cassandra Gomez and Ashley Good.

In boys competition, the team result was a close loss for the Grizzlies as Chiawana prevailed 4-3.

As with girls play, Chiawana won all but one of the singles contests in boys play. The lone Grizzly victory was at No. 3 singles, where Anthony Aguilar prevailed 6-4, 6-4 over Chiawana's Jim Sturtevant.

That left Sunnyside's hopes with doubles play, which nearly was able to pull off the team victory.

In No. 1 doubles, the Sunnyside duo of Matt Johnson and Jorge Pacheco prevailed 6-4, 6-2 over Howard Durant and Eric Garcia.

The Grizzlies also won in No. 2 doubles, as Jeromy Rodriguez and Jessie Leija dispatched Chiawana's Jesus Rojas and Eduardo Arzato, 6-1, 6-0.

Chiawana, though, was able to escape with a win in boys doubles play to secure the team win, as Ricky Rada and Edgar Farias topped Sunnyside's Andrew Rodriguez and Anthony Salcedo, 6-0, 6-2.

Sunnyside returns to action tomorrow, Thursday, at Eisenhower.

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