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Posted on Mar 21, 2019

Tennis team off to good start with win over Toppenish

No matter how you look at it, this team is aiming high.
First, there’s the girls tennis team for Quincy High School, winners of a series (3-2 over Toppenish on March 14) for the first time in more than a year.
Then, there are the boys, who also defeated Toppenish, 4-1, to start what many hope to be conference-championship caliber year.
Then, there’s Drew Rigby.
The Quincy tennis player, a member of the varsity, stood outside the courts, watching his teammates serve and volley against the Wildcats, when, during a break, one of the players asked for a sip of Gatorade. A teammate of Rigby picked up the bottle and hurled it over the fence and onto the courts.

Taggart Hodges serves during his doubles match against Toppenish on March 14, the season opener for the Jacks and Lady Jacks after a long spell of waiting for the weather to clear and (most of) the snow to melt.
Photo by Sebastian Moraga/Post-Register

At least that was the intent. The bottle got stuck atop the fence, tangled in between loose pieces of wire.
Enter Rigby, who had not played that day. He grabbed hold of the chain link fence, began climbing, loosened the bottle and climbed down.
All in a day’s work for the 2019 Quincy fuzz-peelers, it seemed like.
Acrobatics aside, it was a good day to be a Quincy tennis player, with Louis Merred and Efrem Roseburg winning their singles matches in emphatic fashion, 6-0, 6-0 in both cases, over Manuel Vasquez and Ralfy Villanueva, respectively.
In doubles, Joahan Fregoso and Taggart Hodges defeated the Toppenish tandem of Diego Ruiz and Matthew Perez, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4).
The duo of Jose Cruz and Jared Perez defeated Toppenish’s David Luna and David Rosas, 7-5, 6-0.
The Wildcats’ lone point came thanks to the tandem of Hector Martinez and Angel Ramirez, who defeated Quincy’s Izaac Solano and Juan Silvas in doubles, 1-6, 6-2, and 6-0.
Among girls, the streak-snapping victory came with Samahara Aguilar (“the sophomore sensation,” the Quincy coaches called her) defeating Toppenish’s Isabella Aguayo, 6-3, 6-3.
Vanessa Morga and Ashli Arellano defeated Alexia Villarroel and Jackie Navarro, 6-2, 61 and Dani Ronish and Hailey McKee defeated Arissa Diaz and Berenice Hernandez, 6-0, 2-6, 6-2
Lastly, Grace Bews and Vivian Geesey kept them all late, in a three-set thriller that climbed just past the 8 p.m. hour.
The Quincy duo defeated Carolina Uribe and Lily Wesley, 6-3, 6-7, 7-4.
The lone win for Toppenish came via Savanna Moltos, who defeated Hannah Bensch, 6-1, 6-3.
“Off to a great start,” Quincy coach Matthew See wrote about his team.

By Sebastian Moraga,