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Rodriguez's State run ends in two matches

SEATTLE - Despite a strong season, Grandview High School senior Ryan Rodriguez ended his high school tennis career with double losses at the 2A boys single tennis championship.

Rodriguez began the competition playing Nico Lema-Severich from Washougal.

Grandview Coach Ronda Penwell said Lema-Severich was a consistent player with a lot of power.

"Ryan had a hard time," she said. "His first serves were not going in and that can make all the difference."

Rodriguez lost to Lema-Severich, 6-1, 6-1. Lema-Severich went on to claim third place in the competition.

Luat Le from Interlake took first place.

Rodriguez moved on to face Jorge Rey Montejo from Deer Park in his second match.

According to Coach Penwell, Rodriguez won the first set with a 6-4 score. She says Rodriguez was playing solidly while Montejo was making some mistakes in that first set.

In the second set, the players switched, where Montejo played solidly and Rodriguez made some mistakes.

Rodriguez lost that second set 4-6.

The Grandview senior battled back in the third set claiming an early 4-2 lead. Unfortunately, he could not hold onto the lead.

"Ryan (Rodriguez) lost a serve and it went down from there," Coach Penwell said. "His volleys weren't going in."

Montejo surged ahead of Rodriguez, winning the final set 6-4 and claiming the match to eliminate Rodriguez from the competition.

Rodriguez made an early commitment to the Grandview tennis team, playing all four years in high school, Coach Penwell said.

He and six other teammates from the Grandview team will graduate this year, leaving behind a strong season final season. Along with Rodriguez's District Championship win, he was named to the All-League first team and the Grandview players were honored with the sportsmanship award

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