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Tennis: Calexico falls from first round

May 16, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

CALEXICO — Heading into its first round CIF San Diego Section playoff match against Hilltop High of Chula Vista, the Calexico High tennis team decided to change its lineup in hopes of utilizing individual talents elsewhere.

Unfortunately for the Imperial Valley League champions, messing with success backfired as Hilltop escaped with an 11-7 victory.

"We didn't know what to expect out of them. We kind of expected them to have strong singles players, so we moved a couple of our singles to doubles to try and get them there," said Calexico coach David Gastelum. "But it didn't work out that way. I think if we would've stayed with our original lineup this would have been a different match."

With a singles trio not as strong as the regular season singles squad, the Bulldogs gave up six total points in singles. The only player who accounted for any singles' points was Chris Cota, the only singles player not moved out of the singles lineup.


On the doubles side Calexico got four points.

"I still think we were in it until the very end. The final score just came down to a few key matches," said Gastelum. "Our main goal for this season was to win league and defend our title and we did that. Today was kind of sad because I know we could've won this match. But oh well, there's always next year."

In singles, the Bulldogs' No. 1, Joseph Alvarez, fell 2-6 to Hilltop's No. 1, Danny Barbosa, No. 2 Alexis Ayala, and No. 3, Chris Dickie.

Jesus Vio, No. 2 for Calexico, lost 0-6 to Barbosa, 3-6 to Ayala and 2-6 to Dickie.

Things went a lot easier for Cota as he shut out Barbosa and Ayala 6-0 and downed Dickie 6-3.

"Overall I think looking back, changing our lineup was the difference. We would've had a better chance if we would've stayed with our original lineup," said Cota. "But it was a decision the whole team agreed on."

On the doubles side, another Cota found success as Miguel Cota, and teammate Juan Gallardo picked up two victories, downing Hilltop's No. 2 pair of Aaron Guzman and Alejandro Hinojosa and No. 3 squad of Danny Barrajas and Freddy Barrajas both 6-4, but fell 3-6 to the No. 1 duo of Tony Porras and Juan Jimenez.

Also picking up points for the Bulldogs was the No. 2 squad of Anthony Castellanos and Samuel Garcia, which defeated Porras/Jimenez 6-2 and Barrajas/Barrajas 6-4 but lost to Guzman/Hinojosa 5-7.

Andre Barros and Steve Rivera, the No. 1 duo for Calexico, fell 4-6 to Porras/Jimenez, 3-6 to Guzman/Hinojosa and 2-6 to Barrajas/Barrajas.

Said Lancers coach Kim Butler: "We really weren't sure of what they had, so that was hard to prepare for. But overall I was very happy with how our team played. It was close and could've gone either way, but I think the play of our doubles was what did it for us."

Calexico finished the year as IVL champion with a 10-2 league mark and a 12-3record overall.

Central 11, St. Augustine 7

SAN DIEGO — The Central Union High tennis team was victorious in its CIF San Diego Section first-round contest over St. Augustine, winning 11-7 here Tuesday.

Leading Central were its doubles teams, which accounted for seven points.

Ricky Montero and Sam Kim, the No. 1 duo for the Spartans, picked up three set wins, as did the No. 2 duo of Peter Barthelme and Leo Alvarado.

Karim Chee and Octavio Cortez, the No. 3 duo for Central, picked up the other point.

On the singles side, the Spartans' No. 1 player, Eddie Figueroa, won all three of his sets. Tony Avila, No. 2 for Central, had one victory and No. 3 player Jon Harmon was swept in his three sets.

The Spartans next play at San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas at 3 today.

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