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Grizzly netters still stalking first victory

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Josiah Miranda (front) and teammate George Noyola (back) battle Alejandro Pacheco and Reyes Gonzalez of Pasco in No. 2 doubles play. The Grizzly duo secured the only boys win for Sunnyside.

The Sunnyside High School boys and girls tennis teams yesterday faced Pasco at home and were unable to come up with team victories.

The Grizzly boys lost 6-1 to the Bulldogs but the Lady Grizzlies were more competitive, only losing 4-3.

In No. 1 girls doubles action, Emily Meyer and Jessie Robert handed Bulldogs Anduyen Ta and Kelsie Price a 6-4, 6-1 loss.

Sunnyside No. 2 girls doubles players Jill Spini and Keala Drollinger followed their teammates, securing another victory. Spini and Drollinger battled Alex Killian and Sierra Connoly of Pasco to win the first set 7-5. The Lady Grizzlies continued the fight, and handily won the match at the net in the second set, 6-2.

Lydia Robert and Adilene Torres had a tougher match on their hands in No. 3 doubles play. The duo battled through the first set to secure a 7-5 win against Viv Garza and Summer Flowers of the Bulldogs. The Lady Grizzly duo dropped the second set 6-4, but volleyed back and won the final set 6-4.

The Lady Grizzly singles players weren't as fortunate as the Bulldogs knocked the wind out of their sails one-by-one.

Perla Alcantar (No. 1) was defeated by identical 6-0 sets by Misti Smith of Pasco; No. 2 singles player Kassie Ortega of Sunnyside was handed a 6-1, 6-3 defeat by Kelle Meheen; Eury Gallego of the Bulldogs defeated Sunnyside's Sonia Romero 6-2, 6-0; and in No. 4 singles play Ashley Marquez succumbed to Pasco's Magoli Uriostequi 6-2, 6-0.

The lone Grizzly boys victory came in No. 2 doubles play. Teammates George Noyola and Josiah Miranda of Sunnyside fought through the first set to win 7-5. The Grizzly duo faced Bulldogs Alejandro Pacheco and Reyes Gonzalez. The second set was a little more lopsided as Noyola and Miranda came away with a 6-2 victory to win the match.

"The boys line-up was rearranged this week due to injuries as Javier Aguilar moved up to No. 1 singles today," said Sunnyside Coach David Downing.

Aguilar faced Marco Moreno of Pasco at the net and fell 6-3, 6-0.

Downing said he was pleased with how well Aguilar played in the first set.

Grizzly Scott Laverman moved from No. 1 singles to No. 2 against Pasco. Bulldog Manuel Sandoval and Laverman had several close games, but the Grizzly netter was unable to secure a victory, losing the match 6-3, 6-4.

Sunnyside's Jaime Garcia moved up to the No. 3 singles position and fell 6-4, 6-1 to Pasco's Jeff Miliard after battling hard through the first set.

In No. 4 singles play, Anthony Salcedo of Sunnyside was eager to win a match. He won the first set 7-5 after a long battle, but dropped the second and third sets 6-4, 6-1.

The Grizzly boys duo of Iran Brambila and Ricardo Sanchez moved up to play No. 1 teammates Edmund Guerrero and David Pimental of Pasco. Unfortunately, the Sunnyside teammates succumbed 6-2, 6-4 to their Bulldog counterparts.

In No. 3 doubles play Luis Paredes and Brenton Edwards of Pasco handed Jacob Martin and Zach Halma a defeat after battling through each set for identical 6-4 scores.

"With all the adjustments to the team from injuries and absences, the (Sunnyside) team made a great showing," said Downing.

He said he is looking forward to the next match, which is Monday at home against Kennewick.

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