The Cheney High boys tennis team continued to breeze through the early part of the season after they won 5-2 matches against Shadle Park, March 18 and Medical Lake, March 19.
Ryan Smedley continued his winning streak at No. 1 singles, with a close victory over Ian Stein (6-2, 4-6, 6-1) followed by an impressive win over Noah Ray (6-0, 6-2).
“Smedley struggled in that second game in the Shadle Park match but he was able to come back and was on cruise control from there,” head coach Jesse Erickson said.
Ryan Axtell won both of his matches at the No. 2 spot, defeating Nathan Boucher (6-3, 6-4) and Tyler Krivolavy (6-2, 6-0).
“Axtell’s returns have improved, and he’s been working on his strategy,” Erickson said. “Not just hitting but also making his opponent move around on the court.”
Britton Williams also continued his winning streak with victories over Jacob Bernardi (6-2, 6-0) and Nikolaj Beuchart (6-3, 6-1).
Shogo Starr returned to the No. 4 singles spot at the Medical Lake match, defeating Kyle Hawkins (6-0, 6-0).
In doubles action, Adam Passey won both of his matches with different partners. At the Shadle Park match, he and Aleksandr Chernega defeated Tavin Barrington and Ashton Lawson in a close match (6-4, 7-5). At Medical Lake, Passey teamed with Brandon Foster, who lost his singles match at Shadle Park, to defeat Isi Farmen and Austin Brown (6-4, 6-4).
Jay Gould and Dirk Ray went 1-1 last week, with a win coming over Kyle Collins and Colin Strout (6-2, 6-0).
“Our doubles teams are communicating well with each other,” Erickson said. “We just need to focus on getting a higher first-serve percentage and not rely so much on our second serve.”
Erickson added that Ben Sanchez, who played for Cheney as a freshman will return to the Blackhawks for his junior season and may play the No. 4 singles spot.
Cheney is now 2-0 in nonleague action this season. After their March 24 match against Central Valley, they host Lakeside today (March 26).
“We’ve had good support from the parents so far this season,” Erickson said. “Some parents came out to the Moses Lake jamboree. We had a lot of support for the Medical Lake match and we’re looking forward to seeing some parents at our home matches.”