Wa-Hi shuts out Pasco, 7-0

Ths boys win all their sets en route to the shutout match victory.



Wa-Hi's No. 1 player Cameron Davis lunges for a shot from his Pasco opponent Friday afternoon at the Wa-Hi tennis courts.

WALLA WALLA - Wa-Hi pitched a shutout at the Blue Devil courts Friday in Columbia Basin Big Nine boys tennis action.

Wa-Hi not only defeated Pasco 7-0 in the team score, the Blue Devil netters did not lose a set to the Bulldogs in running their record to 3-1.

"This was a great day of tennis heading into the nine-day spring break," Wa-Hi coach Ted Cummings said. "It's awfully fun to be a part of a winning team. The guys are excited about continuing the quest for another great season following the break."

Cameron Davis, Kevin Leier, Jack Crouter and Blake Rowley took care of the singles play for Wa-Hi. Davis, at No. 1, had the closest match as he defeated the Bulldogs' Blake Cornell 6-3, 6-3.

"Our singles players are reducing their number of unforced errors," Cummings said. "They realize that, along with confidence and making good choices, it's managing errors that results in success on the tennis court. Cameron looked especially sharp with his net play. Kevin, Jack and Blake are all playing so much better than just a few weeks ago."

John Meliah and Brendan McKinney went to a 7-5 first-set victory at No. 1 doubles before closing out their win with a 6-4 second-set win.

Madison Filan and Ruben Kuznetsov, and Adam Spencer and James Tupper-Bridges, sailed through their matches allowing no more than three points in any one set to complete the Wa-Hi sweep.

"They (Meliah and McKinney) started out with an 0-4 deficit before jumping all over the opponents the remainder of the match," Cummings said. "Our doubles guys continue to work hard in practice because they're all pretty comparable in ability and experience and are competing for positions each day in practice."

The Blue Devils return to the net battle with a home match with Moses Lake on April 8.

SINGLES - Cameron Davis (WW) def. Blake Cornell (PSC) 6-3,6-3; Kevin Leier (WW) def. Marco Moreno (PSC) 6-2,6-1; Jack Crouter (WW) def. Steven Ponce (PSC) 6-1,6-1; Blake Rowley (WW) def. Ryan White (PSC) 6-0,6-2.

DOUBLES - John Meliah-Brendan McKinney (WW) def. Josh Tolentino-Manuel Sandovel (PSC) 7-5,6-4; Madison Filan-Ruben Kuznetsov (WW) def. Nick Buterio-Ronny Rivera (PSC) 6-2,6-3; Adam Spencer-James Tupper-Bridges (WW) def. Jeff Millard-Luis Paredes (PSC) 6-1,6-3.

Team scores - Wa-Hi 7, Pasco 0


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