The Huskies tennis team picked up pretty much right from where they left off following spring break, with a road trip to Ephrata Tuesday, April 8. The boys picked up their third nonleague win of the season while the girls got their first loss. The two squads switched roles hosting the Ellensburg Bulldogs Saturday, April 12, with the boys dropping the meet two matches to three, with the girls holding out for a 3-2 win to improve their record to 4-1. The Tigers were able to leverage three wins in the girls doubles matches while Othello singles players Keestan Andersen and Zoee Roylance both won 2-0. Andersen swept her opponent Annalis Espinoza in two 6-0 sets and Othello head coach Robert Pruneda said she continued to play to her strengths to extend her undefeated season. "Her biggest assets this year are her serves and her consistency," Pruneda said. "She's been able to get the ball in play and let them make the mistakes. She's also not afraid to pull the girl up to the net and pass her - she's able to move her opponent more this year than last year." Roylance, who's on varsity for the first time this year, followed a similar game plan to Andersen's. Pruneda said she's a baseline player most of the time and also utilized accurate serving for her 6-1, 6-0 wins. Girls doubles teams had less luck and none of the three could get over four wins in a set. No. 2 doubles Amy Baltazar and Christina Murillo pushed two sets to 4-6 while No.1 doubles Laloni Tovar and Lili Tovar couldn't win a game against experienced Ephrata opponents Amairana Martinez and Demi Brekhus. No. 3 doubles Rosa Cruz and Angelica Constantino lost 3-6 both sets. The boys doubles players did the opposite, with all three pairs getting wins on the day, including No. 1 doubles Gabe Harris and Michael Carlton, who lost the first set 4-6, but fought back for 6-4 and 6-0 sets to seal the deal. "They weren't solid so they lost 4-6, but I wasn't really worried," Pruneda said. "They knew they were off a little bit so we made some adjustments." Pruneda knows teams will make mistakes but the pair showed a lot of poise and got straight back to business following their first set loss. "They split and they came back and then they just demolished them the third set, which I was happy to see," he said. "They can make adjustments when I tell them to and they didn't panic. When they play their game, they're on." No. 2 doubles Fernando Huerta and Lorenzo Garza followed their lead with 6-2, 6-4 sets for the 2-0 win and then Tanner Wagner and Caleb Roylance wrapped it up with a 2-1 win. "The match of the game was third doubles," Pruneda said. Boys singles players Diego Villarreal and Marty Garza picked up the only two Huskies losses of the day for the boys.
Elensburg handles boys but lady Huskies hold out for win Andersen continued her undefeated streak against Bulldog Taylor Willis with a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 win and was joined by Roylance and the No. 3 doubles squad of Cruz and Constantino, whose victories helped push Othello to a 3-2 nonleague win. The Huskies' other girls doubles teams struggled against some tough contenders while No. 1 boys doubles lost for only the second time this spring against the same opponents they lost to in the season opening jamboree in Moses Lake. "The first two sets were tiebreakers, but they were just hit and miss," Pruneda said. "They would have flashes of brilliance where they would just place it in the perfect spot, but I think the tale of the tape for those guys was inconsistency." Carlton and Harris lost the first set 6-7 after losing a tiebreaker set 4-7 then won the next set after a 7-2 tiebreaker win but got left in the dust as Bulldogs Eric Hurson and RJ Johnston closed the match with a 6-2 set. Pruneda also made a change for boys singles and moved M. Garza to the No. 1 spot where he struggled against Tim Miller who only dropped one game. Villarreal picked up his first win of the season at the No. 2 spot and dispatched Galen Ziramevman 6-4, 6-3. "He's improving every week, he's hitting the ball with more top spin and he's blocking less," Pruneda said. "It's good for his psychological, mental game. He likes to win." Pruneda wanted to tweak the lineup further still and moved M. Garza to a doubles team with Wagner in time for their road trip to Wapato Tuesday. This will be the team's first CWAC-ranked match and despite the up-and-down week leading up to it, Pruneda is confident the team can go 2-0 first against the Wolves and then after hosting Prosser this Saturday at Lions Park at 10 a.m.