Eisenhower tennis team edges Wa-Hi boys

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WALLA WALLA - The Wa-Hi boys dropped a tennis match, 4-3, to Eisenhower here Thursday.

They maintained a 6-5 winning record despite the loss.

Blake Rowley, Jack Crouter and Kevin Leier, Wa-Hi's No. 2, and 4 singles players, all posted wins for the Blue Devils.

"You can't ask for more from our singles players, as they won three of four matches," said Wa-Hi coach Ted Cummings. "Only Ike's Nathan Mount, a two-time regional singles qualifier, was able to hold off our No. 1 Cameron Davis."

Davis lost, 6-4 and 7-5.

Earlier this week, Davis defeated Southridge's No. 1 player Brian Chung - who defeated Mount a few weeks ago.

"They've got a ‘victory triangle' going," Cummings said.

For Rowley, it took a third set to win.

"He seemed a bit anxious today but he always rises to the occasion when the outcome is up in the air," Cummings said.

Crouter and Leier didn't need the tie-breaker.

"Jack and Kevin have smashed their last three opponents pretty decisively and that's very inspiring to their teammates," Cummings said.

Doubles was a different story.

"Our weakness today was our doubles play," Cummings said. "I give some of the credit to the Cadets and their depth and talent, but our guys are equally skilled, just not so under the pressure of third-set play. There is not much time remaining to get this figured out but I'm sure they will. Our practices focus on those points of improvement."

Doubles teams Danny Wilson and Brendon McKinney and John Melia and Ruben Kuznetsov played to three sets each.

Wa-Hi has two matches in the Tri-Cities Saturday. They play at Richland at 10 a.m., then travel across town to Kamiakin at 2 p.m.

SINGLES - Nathan Mount, Ike, def. Cameron Davis, Wa-Hi, 6-4, 7-5; Blake Rowley, Wa-Hi, def. George Chen, Ike, 7-5, 4-6, 10-6; Jack Crouter, Wa-Hi, def. Andre Gurule, Ike, 6-1, 6-0; Kevin Leier, Wa-Hi, def. Edwin Lamas, Ike, 6-0, 6-0.

DOUBLES - Tanner Briggs/Brian Klingele, Ike, def. James Tupper-Bridges/Drew Swenson, Wa-Hi, 7-5, 6-1; Logan Patterson/Jordan Chen, Ike, def. Danny Wilson/Brendon McKinney, Wa-Hi, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2; Kameron Torres/Gabe Martinez, Ike, def. John Meliah/Ruben Kuznetsov, Wa-Hi, 7-5, 1-6, 6-4.

Team score: Eisenhower 4, Wa-Hi 3.

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