MOXEE – Grandview may have come up a bit short on the tennis courts at East Valley High School yesterday, sustaining 4-1 losses to the Red Devils in both boys and girls play. But, the Greyhounds showed lots of grit in the boys’ No. 1 doubles match, as well as at girls’ No. 2 doubles.
Grandview’s Diana Godinez and Mckenzie Rios fell behind Lexi Brulotte and Maria Valencia in the opening set of the girls’ No. 2 doubles contest. The two Lady ‘Hounds rallied, though, to squeak out a 7-6(7-4) tiebreaker victory.
Godinez and Rios, riding the momentum, proceeded to sweep aside the East Valley pair by taking set two, 6-3.
“Since they (Godinez and Rios) have paired up, they have won three matches this year,” said Grandview Coach Ronda Penwell.
The Grandview coach also gave kudos to Esmeralda Jacobo, her No. 2 girls’ singles player. “Esmeralda played well, but lost in a close three-set match,” said Penwell.
Alli Eckert edged Jacobo by scores of 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
The match of the day on Tuesday, however, came on the boys’ No. 1 doubles court. Grandview’s Logan Alvarez and Jose Ramos took on Gabe Anderson and Aidan Fallstrom. The two ‘Hounds eventually prevailed, 7-5, 7-5.
“That match was an exciting one to watch,” said Penwell, explaining Alvarez and Ramos dug a hole for themselves early on in the first set, trailing the two Red Devils by a 5-2 count.
But with Anderson and Fallstrom needing just one more win to sock away the first set, “…our guys never gave up,” Penwell said, noting Alvarez and Ramos made adjustments on the court to win five straight games.
“It was a battle to the end, but we held on for a two-set victory, winning the second set 7-5, as well,” Penwell said.
“I was proud of their play. I think it just shows the potential (Alvarez and Ramos) have as we approach Districts,” she said.
In the other boys’ matches yesterday, East Valley’s Drew Scherschligt bested Devin De Leon 6-0, 6-1 in No. 1 singles; Michael Manion of East Valley won 6-0, 6-1 against Alfonso Granados at No. 2 singles; Danny Scherschligt and Jask Khinda of the Red Devils got by Victor Delgado and Joey Saenz 6-1, 7-6(7-4) in No. 2 doubles; and Calvin Barnhart and Daniel Mendoza defeated Grandview’s Jesus Gurrola and Anthony Gutierrez 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 doubles.
East Valley’s straight-set victories on the girls’ courts came from Emily Hirtle, a 6-3, 6-3 winner against Taylor Hamm in No. 1 singles play; Brianna Hallenbeck and Tatiana Reyna, 6-0, 6-1 winners over Monse Oropeza and Lecie Owens at No. 1 doubles; and from Carly Clark and Jadvir Gill, 6-0, 6-0 winners over Jasmine Sandoval and Juana Razo at No. 3 doubles.
Grandview isn’t scheduled to return to action until next Tuesday, May 6, when the Othello Huskies are set to play in Grandview.