Wa-Hi boys win two in Kennewick

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KENNEWICK - Wa-Hi improved its boys tennis season record to 6-1 here Saturday with wins over Kennewick and Southridge.

The Blue Devils beat the Lions, 6-1, and the Suns, 7-0.

"This was a great day for the Blue Devil tennis boys," Wa-Hi coach Ted Cummings said. "Having returned our top 10 players from last year's team makes quite a difference in our skill level and depth in the lineup."

Seniors Cam Davis, Kevin Leier and Jack Crouter, along with junior Blake Rowley, blasted their opponents in the top four singles positions against both schools, only dropping one set in the process, Cummings said.

"This appears to be one of our top teams in the past seven or eight years and that's saying a lot about their work ethic and skill level," Cummings said. "The Kuznetsov brothers (Ruben and Josh) are providing a great deal of excitement in our doubles team play in the No. 1 and No. 2 positions with their partners Drew Swenson and James Tupper-Bridges."

The 6-1 record gives Wa-Hi its best start of a season in numerous years, Cummings said, "and the boys feel we can keep this momentum going for the remainder of the season.

"Even our foreign exchange student, Nam Delespierre, is effectively adopting our style of doubles play as he and partner John Meliah dominated No. 3 doubles play against the Kennewick team in a 6-2, 6-3 victory," Cummings said. "I'm sure the boys aren't yet content and are still hungry for competition against our next three opponents: Moses Lake, Ike and Hermiston next week."

Wa-Hi 6, Kennewick 1

SINGLES - Cameron Davis, Wa-Hi, def. Joel McKenzie, Kenn, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1; Blake Rowley, Wa-Hi, def. Carson Evans, Kenn, 6-1,6-2; Kevin Leier, Wa-Hi, def. David Ryther, Kenn, 6-2, 6-1; Jack Crouter, Wa-Hi, def. Taylor Osborn, Kenn, 6-1,6-3.

DOUBLES - Brock Schuh-Eric Kohan, Kenn, def. Ruben Kuznetsov-James Tupper-Bridges, Wa-Hi, 6-7, 7-5, 6-4; Josh Kuznetsov-Drew Swenson, Wa-Hi, def. Aksha Melina-Stephen Moses, Kenn, 6-1, 6-2; Nam Delispierre-John Meliah, Wa-Hi, def. Sam Stephens-Jackson Diaz, Kenn, 6-2, 6-3.

Wa-Hi 7, Southridge 0

SINGLES - Davis, Wa-Hi, def. Grant Sengdara, South, 6-1, 6-1; Rowley, Wa-Hi, def. Brandon Wright, South, 6-2,6-4; Leier, Wa-Hi, def. Kendall Marrott, South, 6-1,6-3; Crouter, Wa-Hi, def. Kierah Doherty, South, 6-0,6-0.

DOUBLES - Kuznetsov-Swenson, Wa-Hi, def. Parker Dicken-Riley Hughes, South, 6-0,6-0; Kuznetsov-Tupper-Bridges, Wa-Hi, def. Zak Reams-Jacob Descamp, South, 6-1, 6-1; Brendan McKinney-Parker Postlewait, Wa-Hi, def. James Perez-Tyler Dawson, South, 7-6 (8), 6-2.

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