Wildcats smash Coachella

September 19, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

BRAWLEY — After a 2-3 start to the regular season, the Brawley Union High School tennis team looked to reach the .500 plateau against Coachella High here Tuesday.

Taking advantage of an inexperienced Coachella team, Brawley ripped the Arabs 17-1 to up its season mark to 3-3.

The Wildcats had little trouble manhandling Coachella as they outscored the visitors 102-22 in games.

"Right now we're a very young team and very inexperienced," said Arab coach Chris Myers. "Brawley was very disciplined, competitive and just more consistent. We're not a very aggressive team and this was more of a learning experience for us."

Wildcat coach Leo Alvarado looked at the match as more of warm-up match and practice for his team.

After the contest was decided early, Alvarado mixed in some of his junior varsity players to gain varsity experience. He also switched his players, having doubles players play singles and vice versa.


"This really was more like of a practice for us. We wanted to mix in some JV players so they can know what it's like to play on varsity, just in case we need them later in the season," said Alvarado. "And we did the same mixing in doubles players to play singles."

While Brawley had a decisive edge, Alvarado said one of his concerns about the match was the level of competition.

"Usually when they play teams that really aren't that good, they play down to their level and don't play like they should. I thought they might do that again today," Alvarado said. "But today was different. They kept their level of play up and didn't go down to theirs. So I thought they played really good."

Leading the Wildcats were their doubles teams, which swept Coachella 9-0.

The No. 1 doubles team for Brawley, Debbi Ibarra and Betty Lou Espitia, defeated the Arabs' No. 1 team of Karla Miranda and Sandra Rojo and No. 2 pair of Liz Anaua and Kim Valencia both 6-0. Ibarra/Espitia also downed Coachella's No. 3 team, Josie Puga and Carmen Valencia, 6-3.

Brooke Ruth and Jenna Rebik, No. 2 doubles for the Wildcats, swept Miranda/Rojo and Anaua/Valencia 6-0. Ruth/Rebik defeated Puga/Valencia 6-1.

Rounding out the Brawley doubles were No. 3 team Ashley Abubo and Stephanie Dominguez, who defeated Miranda/Rojo 6-4, Anaua/Valencia 6-3 and Puga Valencia 6-1.

Brawley's Kendra Caffarella, No. 3 singles players, had the best showing among the Brawley singles side, blanking both Coachella's No. 1 Maggie Aguilar and No. 2 Connie Salcido 6-0 and beating No. 3 Marlene Hernandez 6-1.

"They really weren't that good. I just think we were better than them," said Caffarella, one of the players moved from doubles to singles for the match. "This was only my second time playing singles so I was a little afraid that I wasn't going to do that well. But I did better than I expected and now I'm pretty happy with how I played."

Also picking up three points for the Wildcats was No. 1 singles player Erika Herrera, who downed Aguilar 6-0, Salcido 6-2 and Hernandez 6-1.

Brawley's only point given up was by No. 2 singles player Shehla Admani, who lost 1-6 to Hernandez. Admani did skunk both Aguilar and Salcido 6-0.

Brawley will travel to Lakeside to take on El Capitan at 3:15 p.m. Thursday.

Southwest 18, Indio 0

INDIO —The Southwest High School girls tennis team swept Indio 18-0 here Tuesday.

The Eagles (3-1) got three wins each from singles players Judy Hsu, Bianca Bonilla, Ashley Ullal and the doubles teams of Breezy Boniface/Chrstine Estrada, Monette De Le Torre/Kim Slovak and Carelisa Jones/Becky Leone.

Southwest returns to action at 5 p.m. Monday at Calexico.

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