Meliah, Wilson put in best show for Wa-Hi boys, placing fourth in tennis invite

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YAKIMA - Wa-Hi's boys tennis team finished fifth in the Yakima Invitational tennis tournament here Saturday.

The Blue Devils entered three players in singles plus three doubles teams.

Wa-Hi's best showing came from the duo of John Meliah and Danny Wilson, who finished fourth at No. 3 doubles, and Jack Crouter, who was fifth at No. 2 singles.

Wa-Hi's Ruben Kuznetsov was sixth at No. 3 singles and Cameron Davis was seventh at No. 7 singles. Drew Swenson and James Tupper-Bridges of Wa-Hi finished fifth in No. 3 doubles and Blake Rowley and Kevin Leier took seventh at No. 1 doubles.

Seattle Prep took team honors with 55 points and Wenatchee was right behind with 52 points. The Blue Devils totaled 27 points for their fifth-place showing.

"This was a fantastic opportunity to play against and witness some of the best tennis high school has to offer in this state," Wa-Hi coach Ted Cummings said. "Seattle Prep and Wenatchee have been two of the premier tennis programs in our area for many years, so it was a thrill to compete with these characters."

The Blue Devils return to action this afternoon when they entertain Chiawana in a 3 p.m. match. Wa-Hi has four more duals in the following four days and takes a 4-4 Big Nine Conference mark into today's match.

Boys Singles

No. 1 - Nicholas Kamisar, Issaquah, def Cameron Davis, WW, 6-0, 6-0; Abe Chang, Davis, def Davis, WW, 2-6, 6-3, 10-7, Davis def Seth DuFault, independent, 6-1, 6-0 (placed 7th).

No. 2 - Dragos Puscalau, Issaquah, def Jack Crouter, WW, 6-1, 6-1, Crouter, WW, def Sebastian Barrett, Davis, 7-6, 6-4; Crouter, WW, def Nick Mendalis, Wenatchee, by default (placed 5th)

No. 3 - Briton Richardson, Seattle Prep, def Ruben Kuznetsov, WW, 6-0, 6-0; Kuznetsov, WW, def Davis Paollela, Davis, 6-4, 6-7, 10-3; Andrew Gurule, Ike, def Kuznetsov, WW, 7-6, 2-6, 10-8 (placed 6th).

Boys Doubles

No. 1 - Troy Patterson-Jack Rechtin, Wenatchee, def Blake Rowley-Kevin Leier, WW, 7-5, 7-5; Tanner Briggs-Bryan Klingele, Ike, def Rowley-Leier, WW, 6-3, 7-6. (placed 7th).

No. 2 - Sam Blattner-Nick Phillips, Seattle Prep, def Drew Swenson-James Tupper-Bridges, WW, 7-5, 7-5; Swenson-Tupper-Bridges, WW, def Kyle Ketcham-Chris Lopaze, Davis, 4-6, 6-3, 10-2; Swenson-Tupper-Bridges, WW, def Andy Peterson-Chris Thies, Wenatchee, 6-1, 6-1 (placed 5th).

No. 3 - John Meliah-Danny Wilson, WW def Alan Bucknum-Jose Mesa, Davis, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3; Ballad Pitts-Gabe Stefnaides, Wenatchee, def Meliah-Wilson, WW, 6-4, 7-6; John Brendel-Jordan Hert, Issaquah, def Meliah-Wilson, WW, 7-5, 5-7,10-8 (placed 4th).

Team Results - Seattle Prep 55, Wenatchee 52, West Valley 44, Issaquah 43, Walla Walla 27, Eisenhower 24, Davis 17, independent schools 8.

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