Wa-Hi boys net opening MCC win over Lions

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WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla High School’s boys tennis team overcame first-match jitters to hand Kennewick a 5-2 Mid-Columbia Conference defeat at the Wa-Hi courts Tuesday.

“We’re really excited about it,” new Blue Devil coach Brian Eggart said. “I think there was a lot of nervous energy with it our first match. But they came through really well. I was very pleased at their effort. When we swept doubles I was very excited.”

Ruslan Kuznetsov picked up a victory over Chad McKenzie in a three-set tiebreaker.

“I was proud of his mental effort,” Eggart said.

Another singles victory was won by Connor Christensen.

The Wa-Hi doubles teams swept the Lions, with Nicholas Fuller and Lane Dawes, Douglas Rowley and Parker Toon, and Micah Rambo and Cole Woelfle earning victories.

“Even our two losses, I was was very pleased with their effort,” Eggart said of Zach Anderson and Andrew Bateman. “Both dropped their first set, but fought and fought to second-set wins. They both competed hard in the second set, which I was proud of as well.”

Wa-Hi heads to Richland Thursday.

Wa-Hi 5, Kennewick 2

SINGLES — Ruslan Kuznetsov, Wa-Hi, def Chad Mckenzie, Ken, 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4). Mitchell Way, Ken, def Zach Anderson, Wa-Hi, 6-4, 0-6, 6-1. Jared Bolt, Ken, def Andrew Bateman, Wa-Hi, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. Connor Christensen, Wa-Hi, def Kylan Becho, Ken, 6-2, 6-3.

DOUBLES — Nicholas Fuller/Lane Dawes, Wa-Hi, def Caleb Leavitt/Aaron Moses, Ken, 7-5, 6-0. Douglas Rowley/Parker Toon, Wa-Hi, def Luis Vargas/Abdulah Abdulah, Ken, 6-0, 6-1. Micah Rambo/Cole Woelfle, Wa-Hi, def Jude Htun/David Kohan, Ken, 6-3, 6-2.

Team scores — Wa-Hi 5, Kennewick 2

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