Wa-Hi’s No. 1 singles player, Conner Christensen, returns a serve during his match Tuesday afternoon against Hanford.
WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla High School boys tennis team opened its Mid-Columbia Conference schedule with a 4-2 win against Hanford on Tuesday.
The Blue Devils swept doubles play and added a singles victory before the final singles match was suspended due to rain.
“I was very pleased with the overall effort given by our guys,” Wa-Hi coach Bryan Eggart said. “They played extremely hard. The quality of tennis for our third match of the year was outstanding. I felt like both Hanford and Wa-Hi came to play, which led to some great tennis.”
The Blue Devil doubles teams all cruised to victory, as only one match went to three sets. The No. 1 duo of Nick Fuller and Colton Norsworthy beat Hanford’s Cyrus Stephens and Will Thompson, 7-5, 2-6, 7-5. Gerrod Peck and Cole Woelfle, in the No. 2 spot, added a 6-3, 6-4 win against Macor Chuang and Michael Carson. Wa-Hi’s final double team, Erik Dohe and Noble Coleman clinched the sweep with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Jordan Gearheart and Sterling Skirko.
“I was very pleased with the play from our doubles teams,” Eggart said. “Sweeping the doubles matches is what allowed us to come out on top. I was extremely impressed with the third set victory our No. 1 doubles tandem pulled out. Nick and Colton played well enough on crucial points down the stretch to get a big win.”
In singles play, only Wa-Hi’s No. 4 player, Micah Rambo, picked up a win. He downed Hanford’s Venkatesh Varada, 6-3, 6-1. The Blue Devils’ No. 1 and No. 3 singles players, Connor Christensen and Malcolm Gabbard, fell to Hanford’s Dario Stankovic and Jonathan Peacock, respectively.
The last singles match of the day, No. 2 Douglas Rowley against Sean Thompson, ended early due to rain. Rowley dropped the first set, 4-6, before winning the second set, 6-3. Rowley held a 4-2 lead in the tiebreaker, before the match ended early.
The Blue Devils, who boast a perfect 3-0 record, face Pendleton on April 2.
“Though we still have a lot to work on and plenty of room for growth, a 3-0 start is very solid,” Eggart said.