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4/9/2013 1:24:00 PM
Boys tennis wins close one in Ellensburg
Erik Pague

It was close, but the boys tennis team was able to earn a 3-2 win against Ellensburg in their final nonleague matchup of the season. Junior singles player Gabe Harris lost the first set in one of those tie-breakers but followed up with two wins for one of the boys' wins while the two top doubles teams came out with wins, as well.
The girls didn't fare as well, coming out with only one win from the first doubles pair of Amelia Roylance and Yanitta Cantu. They took two sets with scores of 6-3 over Gese Gruber and Ellie Suks, but the rest of their counterparts had some struggles all afternoon. Even though the pair is still undefeated, head coach Robert Pruneda said they showed some chinks in their armor against Ellensburg and wants them to continue to address a few issues to keep their momentum going.
Their serves looked a little flat in Pruneda's opinion, but their net play continued to pay off and was the main factor in their win. He expects them to continue to have success as long as they stay mentally tough.
First singles Michael Carlton faced a tough opponent and Pruneda said he struggled with controlling his shots in his 1-6, 3-6 loss to Coleman Schnebly.
Pruneda said Carlton made some adjustments in the second set and started scoring some points off chip shots but lacked the consistency he needed to come back and earn a win.
"He did better than the first set, but he needs to work on his consistency," he said. "We're making the mistakes and the other teams are just keeping the ball in play."
Pruneda said the match of the day was Harris's win over Tim Miller. Harris lost the first set in a tie breaker but came back in the second and third by scores of 6-4 and 6-3 using some effective serving and smart ball placement.
"He has done a great job of slowing the ball down," Pruneda said. "His serve was really on, which is his best asset."
The boys first doubles partners Lorenzo Garza and Jordan Gearheart won the second match of the day 6-4, 6-0 using a combination of strong serves and their ability to put away the ball at the net.
"Both boys were pretty consistent and their strength in that match was their strength at the net," Pruneda said. "They were able to get easy shots and when they hit the net shots, they were at angles where the other team couldn't get it."
Marty Garza and Eric Gonzalez fought a tough two-and-a-half hour match and Pruneda said their win ensured the boys team's victory. It was a close match as the boys dropped the first set 0-6, won the second in a tiebreaker and rallied for the 7-5 win in the last set.
"They struggled in the first set with their serve, but they were more consistent the second and third sets," Pruneda said.
Othello will begin league play against Wapato at home Tuesday, April 9, at 4 p.m. In Pruneda's opinion, Othello is ready for Wapato but said there are some tough matchups coming up for the team including Selah and West Valley.
"I'm hoping my kids take it to the next level, but it's on them," he said. "It's their season and so I'm hoping they're going to make the right choices and become better players."

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