KENNEWICK - Wa-Hi's boys picked up a big tennis victory over Kamiakin, 6-1, Saturday after handing Pasco a 7-0 thumping.
"The Wa Hi boys' tennis program hadn't beaten the Braves in the past five years, but it happened today in a decisive way," Blue Devils coach Ted Cummings reported. "Cameron Davis, Kevin Leier and Jack Crouter raised their season singles records to 3-0 with impressive wins at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 singles respectively. No. 3 Ruben Kuznetsoz joined the winning trend with two victories today, following a close loss last week against Davis.
"We spend quite a bit of time with play-action drills in practice that mimic real play, and these guys are tuned in so well right now," he said. "Josh (Kuznetsoz) and Blake (Rowley) in No. 1 doubles defeated the top Kamiakin player and his partner 6-3, 6-4, and perhaps even surprised themselves with some pretty solid play. In No. 2 doubles Drew (Swenson) and John (Meliah) turned some heads with a display of power and skill in a 6-3, 6-4 win."
Against Pasco, "Nasty weather doesn't seem to faze the Blue Devils because despite the chill and wind, the boys looked pretty sharp today," Cummings said. "From top to bottom in the lineup, the closest set against the Bulldogs was a 6-4 win by No. 1 singles player Cameron Davis.
"Kevin, Ruben and Jack continued their singles dominance, losing only one game apiece," he said. "Josh and Blake (in No. 1 doubles) set the tone early for the other doubles team with some flashy, but effective, play with a 6-1, 6-1 victory."
The Blue Devils are 3-0 on the season and host Chiawana Tuesday.
Wa-Hi 7, Pasco 0
SINGLES - Cameron Davis, Wa-Hi, def Marco Moreno, Pasco, 6-1, 6-4; Kevin Leier, Wa-Hi, def Nick Bontorio, Pasco, 6-1, 6-0; Ruben Kuznetsov, Wa-Hi, def Jeff Millard, Pasco, 6-1, 6-0; Jack Crouter, Wa-Hi, def David Pimentel 6-0, 6-1.
DOUBLES - Josh Kuznetsov/Blake Rowley, Wa-Hi, def Reyes Gonzales/Alejandro Pacheco, Pasco, 6-1, 6-1; Drew Swenson/Brendan McKinney, Wa-Hi, def Saul Pineda/Javier Lobos, Pasco, 6-1, 6-2; John Meliah/Parker Postlewait, Wa-Hi, def Luis Paredes/Darien Berlanga, Pasco, 6-0, 6-0.
Wa Hi 6, Kamiakin 1
SINGLES - Cameron Davis, Wa-Hi, def Andrew Odland, Kam, 6-1, 6-1; Kevin Leier, Wa-Hi, def Ben Thornton, Kam, 6-2, 6-2; Ruben Kuznetsov, Wa-Hi, def Connor Otheim 6-2, 7-5; Jack Crouter, Wa-Hi, def Ben Judkins, Kam, 6-1, 6-1.
DOUBLES - Josh Kuznetsov/Blake Rowley, Wa-Hi, def Collin Bampton/Jake Lehew, Kam, 6-3, 6-4; Drew Swenson/John Meliah, Wa-Hi, def Nick Minter/Colton Ruegnegger, Kam, 6-3, 6-4; Ben Welsh/David Friehauf, Kam, def Brendan McKinney/Parker Postlewait, Wa-Hi, 6-2, 7-5.