Blue Devil boys nip Kennewick, 4-3

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KENNEWICK - Wa-Hi's No. 1 doubles team of Drew Swenson and Brendan McKinney stroked to a season record of 3-0 to help Blue Devil boys nip Kennewick, 4-3, in a Big Nine Conference tennis match here Thursday.

The win gives Wa-Hi a 2-1 record on the season.

"Conditions today were pretty rough on all participants, with wind gusts up to 30 mph, but the Blue Devils found a way to win," Wa-Hi coach Ted Cummings said. "The outcome was really in question as the Lions jumped out to a 3-1 lead before our ‘go to guys' went to work.

"The No. 1 doubles team of Swenson-McKinney increased their undefeated mark to 3-0 with a 6-3,6-4 win," Cummings continued. "Jack Crouter returned to the lineup after an illness for a decisive singles win at the No. 3 spot. He certainly makes a difference when he's in the lineup.

"Jack is a third-year varsity player and co-team captain, along with junior Cameron Davis.

"Blake Rowley, fresh off a season of basketball, manhandled his No. 4 singles opponent in the day's most decisive match, 6-1,6-2, and the stage was set for the deciding fourth team point by our No. 3 doubles team," Cummings said.

"Madison Filan and Ruben Kuznetsov overcame some early season pressure and narrowly edged out a 7-6, 7-5 victory as both boys and girls teams looked on. I need to thank the Wa Hi football coaches (for Filan) and basketball coaches (for Kuznetsov) for preparing these young men to battle to the end," Cummings said.

Wa-Hi hosts Pasco today at 3 p.m. before going on spring break next week.

SINGLES - Brock Schuu, Kennewick, def Cameron Davis, WW, 7-6, 6-2; Joel McKenzie, Kennewick, def Kevin Leier, WW, 6-4, 6-2; Jack Crouter, WW, def Carson Evans, Kennewick, 7-5, 6-0; Blake Rowley, WW, def Jose Romero, Kennewick, 6-1, 6-2.

DOUBLES - Drew Swenson-Brendan McKinney, WW, def George McMillan-Akshai Baskaran, Kennewick, 6-3, 6-4; Eric Kohan-Stephen Moses, Kennewick, def John Meliah-Danny Wilson, WW, 6-2, 6-3; Ruben Kuznetsov-Madison Filan, WW, def. Karl Bessey-Taylor Osborne, Kennewick, 7-6, 7-5.

Team Scores - Wa-Hi 4, Kennewick 3.

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