Blue Devil boys blank Pendleton

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WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla High School’s boys tennis team shut out visiting Pendleton, 7-0, on the Blue Devil courts Wednesday.

“It was a wonderful day for tennis at the Wa-Hi tennis courts,” Blue Devil coach Bryan Eggart said. “Pendleton brought some great weather with them, which is always greatly appreciated.”

Wa-Hi’s four singles players swept through their Buckaroos competition without dropping a set.

Douglas Rowley kicked things off at No. 1 over Evan O’Grady, 6-3, 6-3, followed by Connor Christensen over Gareth Haug, 6-0, 6-0.

At No. 3, Malcolm Gabbard topped Jeremy Cochrane, 6-0, 6-1, and Micah Rambo took care of Peter Wallace, 6-1, 6-0.

In doubles play, Wa-Hi’s top doubles team of Nick Fuller and Gerrod Peck defeated Pendleton’s Ryan Skeen and Joey Bliss, 6-0, 6-2, followed by Colton Norsworthy and Cole Woelfle beating Henery Holdman and Lincoln Johnson, 6-0, 6-1, and Noble Coleman and Erik Dohe shutting out Daniel Medina and Kevin Kopp, 6-0, 6-0.

“Pendleton is a very young team playing against a veteran group that we have,” Eggart said. “This combination definitely led to some lobsided match scores.

“I was very pleased with the overall effort given by our players,” he said. “All of our players utilized these matches to work on different parts of their games, which will benefit them for future matches.

“As a team, one of our best strengths this afternoon was dictating the pace of play and action within each point,” Eggart said. “I was extremely pleased with our aggressive nature.”

The Blue Devils head to the Tri-City Invitational April 11-12.

Wa-Hi 7, Pendleton 0

SINGLES — Douglas Rowley, Wa-Hi, def Evan O’Grady, Pend, 6-3, 6-3. Connor Christensen, Wa-Hi, def Gareth Haug, Pend, 6-0, 6-0. Malcolm Gabbard, Wa-Hi, def Jeremy Cochrane, Pend, 6-0, 6-1. Micah Rambo, Wa-Hi, def Peter Wallace, Pend, 6-1, 6-0.

DOUBLES — Fuller-Peck, Wa-Hi, def Skeen-Bliss, Pend, 6-0, 6-2. Norworthy-Woelfle, Wa-Hi, def Holdman-Johnson, Pend, 6-0, 6-1. Coleman-Dohe, Wa-Hi, def Medina-Kopp, Pend, 6-0, 6-0.

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