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Lady Grizzlies competitive on Moses Lake’s home courts

PREP TENNIS

MOSES LAKE – The Sunnyside girls’ tennis team nearly pulled off its second consecutive victory, thanks to some stellar play on the singles courts in Moses Lake yesterday.

Following their first win of the season the previous day, a 5-2 victory at Selah, the SHS Lady Grizzlies gave the host Moses Lake girls’ squad a tussle on Thursday before finally succumbing by a 4-3 score.

All three of the Sunnyside girls’ wins yesterday came in singles action. The trio of Elexis Lepe, Roxy Plancarte and Carla Rodriguez bested their Moses Lake counterparts in straight sets.

Lepe, at No. 2 singles, won handily, defeating the Chiefs’ Quennic Bacat 6-1, 6-0.

“Elexis outplayed her opponent at every turn,” said SHS Coach Dave Downing. “It was fun to watch.”

Plancarte, in the No. 3 girls singles match, was severely tested by Micayla Friend before prevailing by a 7-5, 6-4 count.

“Roxy played a long battle in a close, hard match,” said Downing.

Rodriguez, at No. 4 singles, blanked Moses Lake’s Megan Hill in the first set, 6-0; then was pushed by the Chief but eventually surfaced with an overtime 7-6 win in the second set.

Downing said Rodriguez fought hard all the way, using consistent ground strokes to get the better of her opponent.

The only girls’ singles match Moses Lake claimed came on the No. 1 court. Sydney Francis put together a pair of identical 6-2 decisions against Sunnyside’s Jazmine Lopez.

Moses Lake’s girls went on to win all three doubles matches to eke out a 4-3 win against the Lady Grizzlies.

In boys play yesterday the Chiefs blanked Sunnyside, 7-0.

In one of the more competitive matches, at No. 1 singles, Bryan Earl needed extra time on the court to get by Sunnyside’s Nathan Laverman. Earl easily dispatched the Grizzly in the opening set, 6-1, but Laverman rallied to force the Chief to overtime in the second set before falling by a 7-5 count.

There was also a see-saw affair in No. 3 singles play, as Sunnyside’s Trajen Frank and Pedro Barreras of Moses Lake were involved in a series of furious volleys. In the end, Barreras picked up a 6-4, 6-2 win.

The Sunnyside boys’ best performance in doubles play, in terms of game scores, came in the No. 3 match. Playing together for the first time as partners, Anthony Gonzalez and Bryce Murphy hung with Moses Lake’s James Zimmer and Ming Bowser before succumbing 6-4, 6-2.

Sunnyside’s boys are now 1-4 in Big Nine League play, 1-8 overall on the season. The SHS girls squad has a 0-5 league record on the year and are 1-8 overall.

The SHS tennis squads return to Big Nine League play next Tuesday, April 29, at Eisenhower.

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