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Jacobo nails down Grandview’s only win in match against Huskies

PREP TENNIS

OTHELLO – Team morale may have not been at an all-time high yesterday for the Grandview High School tennis squads…following long bus rides to and from Othello, winter-like playing conditions and returning home with just one victory from the 10 matches that were played.

“It was a long away trip to Othello on a cold and windy day,” said Grandview Coach Ronda Penwell.

But, despite the less than ideal conditions, Penwell was able to glean some positives from Tuesday’s non-league match.

“From each player, and the team, I was able to see moments, points and games that looked really good,” she said.

“Now what we need to work on is consistently playing to the top of our ability.”

One Grandview player was able to do that yesterday – senior Esmeralda Jacobo. Playing in the No. 2 singles spot, Jacobo brushed aside a slow start and rallied to pull out a three-set win.

Othello’s Zoe Roylance got the best of Jacobo in the opening set by a 6-2 score. Jacobo stormed back, though, defeating the Husky by 6-2, 6-4 scores to notch the Greyhounds’ lone victory on the day.

“After a slow start, (Esmeralda) made the necessary adjustments to win the three-set match,” said Penwell.

Jacobo improved her record on the young spring season to 2-1.

The one other girls’ match that Grandview appeared to have a shot of winning came at No. 1 doubles. Monse Oropeza and Diana Godinez gave Othello’s Laloni Tovar and Lily Tovar a battle in the opening set, pushing it to a tiebreaker before succumbing to the two Huskies 7-6(7-3). The Tovar sisters closed out the GHS pair with a 6-4 win in the second set.

“For the boys, each match was competitive but we weren’t able to pull out a win,” said Penwell.

She did note that at No. 3 doubles, her two freshmen – Roger Escareno and Alfonso Granados – continued to look impressive. “They lost a close match, battling in tough weather conditions and playing under the lights after the sun went down.

“Each match they have played they have shown great improvement, so it is exciting to see what they will do in the future,” Penwell said of the two freshmen.

The GHS boys and girls tennis squads will take a break from action over spring break, not returning to the courts until Saturday, April 12, when they host the Ephrata Tigers.

BOYS

Othello 5, Grandview 0

No. 1 Singles

Diego Villarreal (O) dec. Devin DeLeon (G) 6-1, 6-2

No. 2 Singles

Marty Garza (O) dec. Victor Delgado (G) 6-2, 6-3

No. 1 Doubles

Gabe Harris & Michael Carlton (O) dec. Logan Alvarez & Jose Ramos (G) 6-2, 6-3

No. 2 Doubles

Lorenzo Garza & Fernando Huerta (O) dec. Eli Villarreal & Joey Saenz (G) 6-3, 6-4

No. 3 Doubles

Gabe Anderson & Aidan Fallstrom (O) dec. Roger Escareno & Alfonso Granados (G) 6-3, 6-3

GIRLS

Othello 4, Grandview 1

No. 1 Singles

Keesten Anderson (O) dec. Taylor Hamm (G) 6-0, 6-0

No. 2 Singles

Esmeralda Jacobo (G) dec. Zoe Roylance (O) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4

No. 1 Doubles

Laloni Tovar & Lily Tovar (O) dec. Monse Oropeza & Diana Godinez (G) 7-6(7-3), 6-4

No. 2 Doubles

Malia Villarreal & Christina Murillo (O) dec. Juana Razo & McKenzie Rios (G) 6-0, 6-1

No. 3 Doubles

Rosa Cruz & Angelica Constantino (O) dec. Jasmine Sandoval & Perla Razo (G) 6-0, 6-4

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