EAST WENATCHEE - Parents of Eastmont High School's tennis squad passed along kudos to the Sunnyside High team for its efforts in sportsmanship at yesterday's match on the Wildcats' court.
"As a coach, it is always pleasing to hear comments throughout the match concerning the positive Grizzly attitude from the players," said Coach David Downing.
Despite a girls 7-0 and boys 4-3 loss on the day, Downing says he's proud of the team's determination to do its best.
Sunnyside's Scott Laverman won his match 6-2, 6-1 in singles play, along with Grizzly teammate Alexis Osuna by scores of 6-4, 6-1.
The Sunnyside boys doubles pair of Felix Garcia and Isaiah Lyczewski won a hard-fought, down-to-the-wire match in a tie-breaker. The Sunnyside duo went head-to-head against Eastmont's Spencer Canada and Seth Shj, winning the first set 6-3. The Eastmont pair rallied back, tying the second set 6-6. In a race to 7, Sunnyside's team prevailed 7-5.
The Sunnyside girls squad went up against a team with more experience, says Downing, "and the individual scores doesn't tell the whole story of how determined we were to win.
"The points seemed to come and go at the wrong time to win games," he added.
Downing says a standout match in girls singles action yesterday involved Lady Grizzly Cheyenne Schultz, who played tough in a 6-4, 6-3 loss to Eastmont's Tangela Pascacio.
Downing says Schultz's scores continue to improve throughout the season.
"We are extremely proud of our team's tenacity, endurance and teamwork," Downing said.
The Sunnyside High School tennis squad is set to host Moses Lake next Tuesday, April 16.