YAKIMA – It was good news, bad news for the Sunnyside tennis squads as they competed against the Eisenhower Cadets at Kissel Park in Yakima yesterday.
The boys managed a decisive win, but the girls fell by a 4-3 score.
The Grizzly boys (2-4, 2-8) defeated the Cadets 6-1, with the only loss being a newly partnered doubles team.
Starting the action for the Grizzlies was No. 1 singles player Alexis Osuna, who dropped his opening set in a tiebreaker, 7-6, against Eisenhower’s Martin Martinez. Osuna came back to win the second set 6-4, then took the match with a 7-5 win in the last set.
Nathan Laverman has been struggling for the Grizzlies in the No. 2 singles spot, but he had an easy 6-0, 6-0 victory over Cadet Skylar Anders.
“The Iceman is back!” said Sunnyside Coach David Downing.
In Sunnyside’s No. 3 singles spot, Zach Halma dominated his opponent with a 6-1, 6-2 victory. Halma managed to earn 16 points in a row without a miss.
The No. 4 singles match was a forfeit victory for Sunnyside.
In doubles play, the No. 1 doubles team of Michael Yan and Matthew Schaneman pushed the match to three sets after losing the first set 7-5. They came back in the second to earn a 6-3 victory before falling in the final set 6-2 for Sunnyside’s only loss of the day.
“They were close, but just couldn’t hang on,” said Downing of the loss.
At the No. 2 doubles spot for Sunnyside, Cody Parke and Rissto Barboza won a nailbiter. They dropped the first set 6-1, then took the second 7-5. The final set was a 10-8 tiebreaker win.
The Sunnyside No. 3 doubles team also pulled out a victory. Bryce Murphy and Jose Lepe won in two sets, 6-3, 6-4 during their first match playing together.
The Lady Grizzlies (0-6, 1-9) didn’t fare as well, but still managed to get three victories on the day to Eisenhower’s four.
Sunnyside’s No. 1 and 2 singles players, Jazmine Lopez and Elexis Lepe, both lost to their Cadet opponents. Lopez lost in two sets, 6-0, 6-0, and Lepe lost her two sets 6-1, 6-1.
The No. 3 singles player for the Grizzlies, Roxy Plancarte, had an exciting victory, 6-1, 6-2.
Carla Rodriguez, playing No. 4 singles for Sunnyside, earned her third victory in a row, winning 6-0, 6-3.
“She used good strategy and won decisively,” said Downing.
Sunnyside’s other victory came from Mirella Ramirez and Stephanie Herrera, playing in the No. 2 doubles spot. The pair took the match to three sets, keeping it close throughout, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.
“The last set was won in the last three games,” said Downing. “It was a great finish to a tense match.”
Sunnyside’s No. 1 doubles team of Mattie Meyers and Sydnee Hernandez lost 6-0, 6-1 while the Lady Grizzlies No. 3 doubles team, Angelica Ceja and Jessica Garnica, lost 6-0, 6-2.
“The girls almost had a win,” said Downing. “Overall, the team played exceptionally well, boys and girls. Coach Thorpe and I are both very happy with the increased level of play the team showed. Go Grizz!”
Tomorrow, May 1, the Grizzlies host Wenatchee.