Grizzlies have few bright spots against Riverhawks


PASCO – The good news is that the Lady Grizzly team of Mirella Ramirez and Stephanie Herrera won their first doubles match of the season against the Chiawana Riverhawks this past Saturday.

The bad news is that no one else on the Grizzly tennis squads managed a win, keeping both the boys and girls squads winless on the season.

Ramirez and Herrera struggled in the first set, losing 6-1 to Chiawana’s Brenda Cotino and Denise Jara. The Lady Grizzly pair adjusted for the second set, however, and pulled out a 6-3 win to tie the match. The rubber set was tight, but Sunnyside’s No. 2 doubles team held on for a 6-4 victory to take the match.

Other Grizzly players didn’t fare as well, although Coach David Downing said he’s seeing improvement in his players.

Sunnyside’s No. 1 girls singles player, Roxy Plancarte, lost 6-0, 6-2, but showed improvement, according to Downing.

“She worked hard,” said Downing. “She served well, her strategy is improving. It was a good match.”

Elexis Lepe, Lady Griz singles player No. 2, lost 6-1, 6-2 but played hard. Jasmine Lopez, playing in the No. 3 singles spot, got five aces in the first set. It wasn’t enough to prevent a 6-1, 6-0 loss.

Lady Grizzly Angelica Ceja, playing in the No. 4 singles spot, also lost 6-1, 6-2. She was placing the ball away from her opponent in the games she won, but couldn’t maintain success.

Carla Rodriguez and Itzel Lopez took the No. 1 doubles spot for the Lady Grizzlies and suffered a 6-2, 6-1 loss to their Chiawana opponents. It was the first time the pair had played together, but Downing said they had good teamwork.

The Lady Grizzlies No. 3 double players, Karinna Mendoza and Erika Valdez, also partnered up for the first time, and endured back-to-back 6-0 losses.

“They made some good strategic shots and played well at the net,” said Downing. “They backed each other up well.”

The Sunnyside boys couldn’t manufacture a win, although the squad’s No. 1 doubles team of Chris Martin and Cody Parke put together a solid match against Riverhawks Jake Martin and Brad Johnson. They eventually lost to Chiawana 7-5, 6-3.

“It was a very good match,” said Downing. “Close missing on the net and lines cost the match. They did a good job on cross court plays, lobs and net play.”

Alexis Osuna, the No. 1 Grizzly singles player, lost in two sets 6-1, 6-0.

“They went to 40-40 game scores a lot of times,” said Downing. “The game was much closer than the score indicates. Alexis played well. I am proud of his efforts.”

Sunnyside’s No. 2 singles player, Zach Halma, lost twin 6-1 sets against Javon Olin, Chiawana’s No. 1 player last year. Trajen Frank lost 6-0, 6-2, and the final Grizzly singles player, Michael Yan, lost 6-1, 6-2.

Sunnyside’s No. 2 doubles team of Christian and Bryce Murphy lost twin sets, 6-0, in their first match as partners. Also playing together the first time was the No. 3 doubles team of Troy Shaneman and Rissto Barbosa, who were defeated 6-1, 6-0.

The Grizzlies will be hosting Eisenhower on Tuesday, April 8.


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