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SHS boys split weekend matches

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside boys tennis squad this past Saturday defeated Eisenhower 6-1, but fell 5-2 to Davis at Kissel Park in Yakima.

Scott Laverman (No. 3 singles) and teammate Ivan Brambila (No. 4 singles) were the two Grizzlies to defeat both the Cadets and Pirates.

Laverman defeated Davis' Skyler Ketcham by identical 6-1 scores and battled Isaac Barajas of Eisenhower before securing a second victory. The match against Barajas went the Grizzly's way 6-4 in the first set, but he suffered a 7-5 defeat to Barajas in the second set. Laverman battled back to easily defeat the Cadet 6-1 in the final set.

Sunnyside Coach David Downing said, "(Scott) had good control of the match and didn't give up (against Barajas)."

Brambila defeated Eisenhower's Ian Leaverton 6-0, 6-1.

Downing said Brambila played consistently, displaying good footwork and playing the corners.

The Grizzly also battled Johnny Adams of the Pirates with two tiebreakers in the match. Brambila earned a 7-6(7-4) win in the first set, was defeated 6-2 in the second set and secured the win after a fierce 7-6(10-5) battle in the final set.

Although Sunnyside's Javier Aguilar was "...very aggressive" for a 6-2, 6-0 victory against Eisenhower's Felipe Monter in No. 1 singles, the Grizzly suffered a 6-0, 6-1 loss to William Coleman of Davis.

Daniel Guillen of Sunnyside lost both his matches with his Davis and Ike opponents this past Saturday.

Downing said, "He (Guillen) played from the heart."

Guillen, the Grizzlies No. 2 singles player, suffered a 6-3 loss in the first set against Davis' Joe Shieh, battled for a 6-1 victory in the second set, and lost the match when Shieh secured a score of 6-3 in the final set.

Carlos Martinez of the Cadets handed Guillen a loss by identical 6-0 scores.

In doubles action, Jacob Martin and Jovanny Martinez of Sunnyside showed Downing "good ball control" with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Eisenhower's Austin Briggs and Carlos Lopez in No. 1 play.

Downing said the Grizzly duo had "awesome serves."

However, the Sunnyside netters fell 7-5, 6-2 in the match against Davis' Kyle Miller and Andres Barragan.

Downing said, "It was a very challenging match."

In No. 2 doubles play, teammates Zach Halma and Nathan Laverman of Sunnyside split their matches. The duo defeated Ike's Brandon Garza and Mark Darwin 7-5, 6-1 with what Downing described as "powerful serves and good net play."

The Sunnyside pair suffered a 6-4, 6-2 loss to Pirates Liam Johnston and Ben Hohman.

Alexis Osuna and David Lopez rounded out the Sunnyside line-up. The No. 3 duo defeated Cadets Matthew Tuknies and Martin Martinez 6-3, 6-2.

Downing said the Sunnyside duo "improved in volleying and partner communication."

However, Pirates Hunger Long and Daniel Catton were able to outscore the Grizzlies 6-2, 6-1.

Sunnyside will this coming Thursday travel to the Tri-Cities to play Kamiakin.

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