Tennis: Spartans breeze past Bulldogs

September 27, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

CALEXICO — After a subpar start in its first four matches, the Central Union High girls tennis team pulled everything together to kick off its Imperial Valley League season on a good note as it defeated Calexico High 16-2 here Wednesday.

Leading Central to the win was No. 1 singles player Minnie Flores, who went 3-0.

Flores downed No. 1 Calexico singles player Erika Rincon 6-2 and blanked No. 2 Lety Cota and No. 3 Adriana Urbina both 6-0.

"I think we all played pretty good today. We wanted to start the season on a good note," said Flores. "Our team is starting to come together and we know what we want. Even though we didn't start the season that good, the record doesn't reflect how good our team really is."

Also picking up singles wins for the Spartans were No. 2 Kayla Wardrup, who defeated Rincon 7-5, Cota 6-3 and Urbina 6-1.


Stephanie Jensen, No. 3 for Central, lost 6-0 to Rincon and 6-1 to Urbina. Jansen got a default victory over Cota.

"We got off to a slow start, but then we got everything together today," said Central coach Dan Williams. "After the first round I just told them that they had to start putting more effort into their playing. Then they got everything together and I was pleased with how they finished."

On the doubles side the Spartans showed their dominance, taking every set.

Leading Central was the No. 1 duo of Teresa Vea and Sheena Vogel, who beat Calexico's No. 1 Tara and Tory Fenley 7-5 and No. 2 Angelica Ramirez and Arlene Madrigal and No. 3 Roxanna Zamarripa and Julie Lizarraga both 6-1.

Cristina Montaño and Monica Signorotti, No. 2 doubles for the Spartans, shut out Zamarripa/Lizarraga 6-0, beat Ramirez/Madrigal 6-3 and Fenley/Fenley by default.

Rounding out the wins for the Spartans was the No. 3 pair of Clarrissa Cota and Claudia Padilla, who had little trouble with Fenley/Fenley and Ramirez/Madrigal and picked up 6-2 victories over both. Cota/Padilla downed Zamarripa/Lizarraga 7-5.

Said Bulldog coach Lauro Parades: "We had a couple of bad breaks, which took the wind out of our sails. I guess it was just one of those days. Now we just have to take this and learn from it."

Both teams will play at 5 p.m. Monday, with Central at Southwest High and Calexico (0-2 IVL) hosting Vincent Memorial.

Southwest 16, Brawley 2

The Southwest High girls tennis team improved to 2-0 in the Imperial Valley League as it destroyed Brawley Union High 16-2 here Wednesday.

Leading Southwest was No. 2 singles player Judy Hsu, who beat Brawley's No. 1 Erica Herrera 6-0, No. 2 Shehla Admani 6-4 and No. 3 Ashley Abubo 6-1.

Ashmi Ullal, No. 3 for the Eagles, also won all three sets with 6-3 victories over Admani and Abubo and a 6-4 win against Herrera.

Bianca Bonilla, No. 1 for Southwest, downed Herrera 6-3 and Abubo 6-1 but lost 5-7 (1-6) to Admani.

Monnette De La Torre and Kim Slovak, No. 1 doubles for the Eagles, got by No. 1 Wildcats Debbi Ibarra and Betty Lou Espitia 6-4 and No. 2 Jenna Rebik and Brooke Ruth and No. 3 Kendra Caffarella and Stephanie Dominguez both 6-2.

The Eagles' No. 3 squad of Karelisa Jones and Becky Leone got past Ibarra/Espitia 6-1, Rebik/Ruth 6-3 and Caffarella/Dominguez 6-2.

Breezy Boniface and Kristina Estrada, No. 2 for Southwest, defeated Ibarra/Espitia 6-3 and Rebik/Ruth 7-5, but lost to Caffarella/Dominguez 4-6.

Said Southwest coach Genaro Piniero: "I guess you could say experience prevailed today."

Brawley (1-1 IVL) will host Holtville at 5 p.m. Monday.

Vincent Memorial 14,

Holtville 4

CALEXICO — The Vincent Memorial High girls tennis team improved to 1-1 in IVL action with a 14-4 win over Holtville High here Wednesday. The loss dropped Holtville to 0-1 in IVL.

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