EPHRATA – Ephrata boys’ and girls’ tennis picked up wins over Selah on the Tigers home court Tuesday. The victories land both teams into a tie for first place in the CWAC league standings.
The Tiger boy’s took both single matches and won at first doubles to take their match 3-2. First singles Michael Novitsky got by Jacob Beem in three sets 7-5, 2-6, and 7-5. Second singles Conner Maddalozzo had his way with Gunnar Tucker 6-0, 6-0, and first doubles Stenn Monson and Garner defeated Othon Hamill and Lucas Mahugh 6-, 6-4.
Second doubles Tate Sircin and Tucker Merchant dropped their match to Matt Watkins and Tyson Eckert in two sets 4-6, 4-6. Third doubles Nick Petersen and Derek Paynter lost to Tony Valencia and Trenton Murdock 0-6, 2-6.
The win over Selah moves Ephrata to 3-0 in league play, 6-2 overall, and into a tie with Othello and Ellensburg for first place.
“I was happy with Stenn and Garner's intensity and focus throughout their match. They took advantage of their opportunities… challenging Selah down the line and working the angles,” coach Missy Beierman said. “Conner breezed through his match at second singles. Michael struggled in his long match. His opponent did not hit with much pace, which through Michael off of his game. We will be working a lot in practice to help him learn how to deal with that type of player.”
The girl’s team dominated the Lady Vikings taking all five matches on the afternoon.
First singles Jennie DeLeon got things going for the Lady Tigers with a two set 6-0, 6-2 win over Kya Raschko. Second singles Angelina Chesnakov made it two wins in a row for Ephrata when she turned back Rachel McKoy 6-2, 6-2.
First doubles Demi Brekhus and Amairany Martinez beat Lauren Modevitt and Cailin O’Malley, 6-4, 6-2. Second doubles Teighan Moore and Natalie Hussey found little resistance from Ally Vinson and Magaly Lazcano in a 6-1, 6-2 win, and Roni Wenz and Annalis Espinoza and third doubles made it a clean sweep for Ephrata with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Erin Herzog and Eva Hamill.
The win over Selah moves the Lady Tigers to 3-0 in league play, 6-2 overall, and into a tie with West Valley at the top of the standings.
“The girls cruised through all of the matches winning in straight sets in each one. I don't think that has happened in a very long time,” Beierman said. “Jennie got her first win at singles. Demi and Amairany are playing well together. It was nice to get Teighan back on the court."
Ephrata tennis is back on the courts Saturday in Yakima for a match with East Valley.