Tennis: Southwest knocks off Vincent

October 04, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

Through its first three Imperial Valley League matches, the Southwest High tennis team ripped through its competition, giving up only nine sets points in a 3-0 start.

Southwest finally ran into a little difficulty in El Centro on Wednesday against Vincent Memorial but still was victorious 11-7.

Avenging its only league loss of last year, Southwest's doubles players carried it to its sixth overall win of the season, accounting for eight of the 11 points.

Helping lead the doubles was the No. 3 squad of Breezy Boniface and Kristina Estrada.

Boniface/Estrada downed Vincent's No. 1 team of Viviana Vildosola and Melissa Magallanes 6-1 and the No. 2 pair of Andrea Arizona and Loren Gamboa 6-2. The Scots did not have a third doubles team, giving the Eagles three automatic 6-0 wins.

Despite beating the Scots two of three times last year, Boniface said she and her teammates still expected a tough match from Vincent.


"We never underestimate our opponents, no matter who it is," said Boniface. "Because we lost to them last year we were kind of more aware that we couldn't take them lightly."

Because the Scots boast arguably the best singles player in the Valley in Claudia Gonzalez, there may have been more pressure on the doubles teams.

"We always put a lot of pressure on ourselves no matter what," said Estrada. "It's not just the doubles or singles that has to step up. I think everyone always pulls things together."

Also finding success on the doubles side for the Eagles was the No. 2 squad of Monnett De La Torre and Kim Slovak, which defeated Vildosola/Magallanes 6-1 and Arizona/Gamboa 6-0.

Southwest's No. 1 doubles team of Karelisa Jones and Becky Leone got past Arizona/Gamboa 6-1 but fell 3-6 to Vildosola/Magallanes.

Said Vincent coach Ana Garcia: "I think we probably could've won this. We were without some of our doubles players and that was probably the difference. But we play them again and next time we'll have all our players. So I think we could win it."

Things didn't go as easy for the Eagles' singles as Gonzalez and Vincent No. 2 Alejandra Sanchez both won all three of their sets.

Gonzalez thumped Southwest No. 1 Ashmi Ullal 6-1, No. 2 Judy Hsu 6-0 and No. 3 Bianca Bonilla 6-1.

Sanchez defeated Ullal 6-2, Hsu 6-1 and Bonilla 6-4.

Ivana Garcia, No. 3 for the Scots, lost 5-7 to Ullal and 3-6 to both Hsu and Bonilla.

"With Vincent Memorial you just never know what to expect out of them," said Southwest coach Genaro Piniero. "I know they were missing some players, but even if they were at full strength, I think we still have the players to beat them.

"They're a really good team. And I think after us, Vincent is probably the team to beat."

Both teams will be on the road at 5 p.m. Monday, with Southwest traveling to Holtville and Vincent (2-2 IVL) at Central Union High in El Centro.

Brawley 10, Central 8

The Brawley Union High girls tennis team improved to 3-1 in the Imperial Valley League with a 10-8 win over Central Union High in El Centro on Wednesday.

The loss drops Central to 2-2 in the IVL.

Brawley will host Calexico at 5 p.m. Monday.

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