Wa-Hi boys tennis team open with split

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SUNNYSIDE - Wa-Hi ran into a determined group of West Valley Rams Saturday morning to open the boys tennis season.

West Valley defeated the Blue Devils 5-2.

Wa-Hi then traveled to Sunnyside and posted a 6-1 victory.

Wa-Hi got wins from Drew Swenson and Brendan McKinney and from John Meliah and Danny Wilson as both pairs posted three-set wins in doubles play for Wa-Hi's two match points.

"Our season kicked off with a pretty tough opponent," Wa-Hi coach Ted Cummings said. "Their (West Valley's) top four singles players were stronger than our boys. Our No. 1 (Swenson and McKinney) and No. 2 (Meliah and Wilson) doubles teams both jumped out to quick leads, lost their momentum late in the second sets, but finished with a flurry of assertive volleys to give the team our two team points."

Wa-Hi journeyed to Sunnyside to battle the Grizzlies Saturday afternoon. The Blue Devils responded from the morning loss with a vengeance, as Wa-Hi got the victory.

The Blue Devils got wins from Cameron Davis, Kevin Leier and Ruben Kuznetsov to take three of four singles matches.

Wa-Hi, with wins from Swenson and McKinney, Meliah and Wilson, and James Tupper-Bridges and Adam Spenser, swept all three doubles matches.

"We graduated five starters from last season's team that went 7-6 in the Big Nine Conference, so it feels like a fresh start with many players from our JV program," Cummings said of the season's start. "With our improvement over the past three weeks of practice, I like our chances to improve on that record."

Wa-Hi travels to Kennewick Thursday and hosts Pasco Friday.

West Valley 5, Wa-Hi 2

SINGLES - Cameron Davis (WW) def by Dan Wenker (WV), 6-4,6-1; Kevin Leier (WW) def by Cooper Anderson (WV), 6-0,6-0; Blake Rowley (WW) def by Mitch Anderson (WV), 6-1,6-4; Ruben Kuznetsov (WW) def by Kyle Sauve (WV), 6-2,6-1.

DOUBLES - Drew Swenson-Brendan McKinney (WW) def. Brandon George-Casey Kim (WV), 6-2,5-7,7-5; John Meliah-Danny Wilson (WW) def. Colin Morris-Ben Kim (WV), 6-2,4-6,6-1; James Tupper-Bridges-Adam Spencer (WW) def by Max Archer-Keifer Westland (WV), 7-6,6-2.

Wa-Hi 6, Sunnyside 1

SINGLES - Davis (WW) def. Matt Johnson (SS), 6-1,6-2; Leier (WW) def. Jorge Pacheco (SS), 6-3,6-1; Rowley (WW) def by Jeromy Rodriquez (WV), 7-5,6-1; Swenson (WW) def. Anthony Rodriquez (SS) 6-2,6-2.

DOUBLES - Meliah-McKinney (WW) def. Joey Zilstra-Jacob Cruz (SS) 6-4,7-5; Kusnetsov-Wilson (WW) def. Spencer Jaquish-Anthony Aguilar (SS), 7-5,6-2; Tupper-Bridges-Spencer (WW) def. Kyle Scott-Adrian Soberanes (SS), 6-2,6-0.

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