Monday, June 6, 2005
YAKIMA - Grandview High School tennis player Kevin Floyd placed third at State this past Friday and Saturday in Yakima.
Running into tough competition at the 2A State level, the high school junior was able to improve on past placings. He was fourth at State as a freshman and sophomore, according to Grandview Coach Charlie Diaz.
Although Floyd was disappointed with this year's performance at the State level, Diaz said, "We're very proud of his undefeated season in our league."
Diaz said Floyd was caught on a bad day when he went up against the defending State champion.
After easily defeating Joe Boyle of Cashmere 6-0, 6-1 in the first match of the State competition, Floyd went up against Travis Johnson of Foster.
"He (Johnson) had a pretty big serve," said Diaz, adding that Floyd wasn't playing up to the level he usually does.
"Johnson was playing an attacking game," said Diaz. "Given the opportunity, he was coming up to the net and playing."
After defeating Floyd 6-2, 6-2, Johnson went on to win the State title.
Floyd came back on Saturday to play against Kevin Erickson of Ridgefield for third or fifth place.
Floyd won the match 6-0, 6-3.
"Erickson played a little tougher in the second set. He broke Kevin's serve, but Kevin fought back," said Diaz.
Diaz said Floyd was disappointed with his performance at State this year, but added that this year won't be his last at State.
"He was out last night hitting balls again, so he's not going to give up. He's a fighter," said Diaz.