District tennis tournament under way

Four Greyhounds, no Mustangs stay alive

— It will be do or die today for the four Grandview Greyhounds remain in the 2A prep district tennis tournament at East Valley.

The Mustangs’ season ended Tuesday.

The four Greyhounds will play in loser-out matches. If they win their matches today, they’ll play Saturday in cross-over matches with players from the Great Northern League for state tournament tickets the weekend of May 26-27 at Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle.

It will be tough today, Greyhounds coach Andrew Penwell said.

The players who remain have been battling, he added.

Grandview lost a boys doubles team in Tuesday’s action. Marc Martinez and Joel Piña lost to Gabe Anderson and Danny Scherschligt of East Valley and were eliminated.

Moving on to today was the boys doubles team of Esgar Valencia and Roy Escareno and singles players Alfonso Granados and Alexandra Gonzalez. The two singles competitors played in semifinals and lost, but they came back later.

“Each won their quarterfinal match and played in the district semifinals but unfortunately ran into the No. 1 seeds and lost in straight sets. Alexandra played very hard and hung with her Selah opponent,” Penwell said.

Valencia and Escareno won their first match of the day, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, against Selah’s Trenton Murdock and Casey Beksinski. They lost to Red Devils duo Aiden Fallstrom and Jask Khinda before defeating Naujae Pineda and Justice Jimenez of Wapato, 6-2, 6-1, to advance to Thursday.

Gonzalez made it to Thursday by defeating Nakoma Mesplie of Wapato, 6-2, 6-3, falling to Mary-Frances Ballew of Selah, 2-6, 3-6. She will play Selah’s Margaret Ballew today.

Granados beat Ryan Borello of East Valley, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, to get to the semifinal. He dropped that to Jared Kieser of Selah but remains in the tournament. He plays Bo Beecraft of Selah today.

Karina Acosta of Prosser was eliminated Tuesday in girls singles play. She lost the quarter-final to Zoee Roylance of Othello, 6-1, 6-0. In the consolation bracket, Margaret Ballew of the Vikings prevailed, 6-1, 6-3, to bring Acosta’s season to an end.

Also competing was the Mustangs duo of Jamie Fassler and Cyndal Johnson. The pair lost in twin sets of 6-1 to Quincy’s Rachel Faw and Natalie Thomsen.

The loss also brought an end to Prosser’s season.

Thursday matches will begin at 3:30 p.m.


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