Practice may not make for a "perfect" Sunnyside High School tennis squad, but there was definitely proof of that practice on the home courts yesterday.
The Sunnyside boys claimed a 4-3 victory over the Selah Vikings. It was their third win of the season in the nine matches they have played thus far.
Contributing to the Grizzly win was Sunnyside's Scott Laverman in singles play, who won a hard-fought contest against Jacob Bonsen. Bonsen won the opening set in a tiebreaker affair, but Laverman sealed the victory by scores of 6-2 and 6-3 in the final two sets.
More good news in singles play for Sunnyside was delivered via a win by Alexis Osuna. His opponent, Selah's Ryan Beecrort, prevailed in the first set 6-3, but Osuna came back for the victory with 6-1, 6-3 wins.
Also contributing to the boys victory yesterday was the Sunnyside duo of Nathan Laverman and Zach Halma, who prevailed by scores of 6-4, 6-3 in doubles play. It was a near shutout by the Sunnyside duo of Felix Garcia and Isaiah Lyczewski, too, who took home the victory 6-0, 6-3.
The third Sunnyside doubles duo, Jacob Martin and David Lopez, went to a tiebreaker in the first set against their Selah counterparts, before getting edged 8-6. Martin and Lopez dropped the second set by a 6-3 score.
"The boys made some adjustments to their play to win and I look forward to the next match for more wins," said SHS Coach David Downing.
In girls action, too, the team showed marked improvement. Though their effort was valiant, says Downing, the Sunnyside girls fell 5-2 to the Lady Vikings.
"The girls are constantly improving their games," he added.
Lady Grizzly Cheyenne Schultz won her first match of the year 6-2, 6-1.
"She really improved her play in this match and controlled it from the start. I'm very proud of her accomplishments," Downing added.
Another Lady Grizzly first this season was Elexis Lepe's 7-5, 6-2 win.
"The girls are picking up experience and this will help them finish the season with more wins," Downing said.
"One thing the Grizzlies do is never give up.
"I'm very proud of the way we are coming back as a team and I'm optimistic about the rest of the season," Downing said.
The Sunnyside High School tennis squad will host the Ike Cadets this Friday, April 19.