WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla High’s boys tennis team handed visiting Southridge a 7-0 Mid-Columbia Conference defeat on the Walla Walla Community College courts on Monday.
“After two rainouts in a row, it was nice to get Southridge over to Walla Walla to play the match,” Blue Devil coach Bryan Eggart said. “The weather was great, it was a perfect day for tennis. Southridge is a team filled with lots of young talent. However, our upper classmen showed great leadership and mental toughness in sweeping all of the matches.”
Douglas Rowley started off the victory with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-1) victory at No. 1 singles, with Connor Christensen and Micah Rambo not dropping a set in their wins, and Cole Woelfle winning at No. 4, 6-2, 6-3.
“I was extremely proud with our singles play,” Eggart said. “We did a great job of constructing points mentally, and physically executing. This was by far and away our best performance in singles, within a team match.
“Specifically, Douglas Rowley’s performance at No. 1 singles was huge,” he said. “He hit some incredible shots late in the match. He played a great tie-break, winning 7-1, to win the second set.”
In doubles play, Nick Fuller and Malcolm Gabbard teamed up for a 6-2, 6-0 win, Gerrod Peck and Colton Norsworthy won in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, and Eric Klicker and Noble Coleman took a 6-0, 6-1 victory.
“Our doubles teams also had a very strong outing,” Eggart said. “We did a nice job of aggressively closing to the net, which allowed us to dictate the pace of play.
“We are definitely a work in progress, but we are heading the right direction as a team.”
The Blue Devils head to Kamiakin at 4 p.m. today, and they host Pasco at 3 p.m. Thursday.
Wa-Hi 7, Southridge 0
SINGLES — Douglas Rowley, Wa-Hi, def Gianni Landby, South, 6-2, 7-6(7-1). Connor Christensen, Wa-Hi, def Jacob Aoyuma, South, 6-0, 6-0. Micah Rambo, Wa-Hi, def Rayden Cozad, South, 6-0, 6-0; Cole Woelfle, Wa-Hi, def Daniel Concado, South, 6-2, 6-3.
DOUBLES — Nick Fuller/Malcolm Gabbard, Wa-Hi, def Ethon Ling/Connor Brown, South, 6-2, 6-0. Gerrod Peck/Colton Norsworthy, Wa-Hi, def Dillon Remus/Carson Cole, South, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. Eric Klicker/Noble Coleman, Wa-Hi, def Andrew McNeil/Nathan Mitchell, South, 6-0, 6-1.