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Tennis: Eagles wrap up championship season with win

October 25, 2001

The Southwest High girls tennis team capped a perfect Imperial Valley League Season in impressive fashion at home in El Centro on Wednesday with a 17-1 annihilation of Holtville.

"I'm just really excited about another successful season," said Southwest coach Genaro Piniero. "At the beginning of the year I told the girls that if they stayed healthy, kept up their grades and practiced hard we could continue to win."

"Our girls thought that as long as everyone did their job, we couldn't do anything but win. And we were also just fortunate to have girls that are unselfish and put the team first."

Leading Southwest against Holtville were its singles players, which won every set and outscored the Vikings by a combined score of 54-3.

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No. 1 for the Eagles, Judy Hsu, No. 2 Ashmi Ullal and No. 3 Bianca Bonilla all finished with 6-0 wins over the Vikings' Stephanie Sharp and Cyndi Bringle.

Southwest then used substitutes to play Holtville's No. 3 Jane Mathis. The Eagles' Jennifer Eyre beat Mathis 6-1, Melissa Peterson downed Mathis 6-2 and Shelly Dutt blanked her 6-0.

In doubles action, Southwest's No. 1 team of Monnett De La Torre and Kim Slovak beat Holtville's No. 1 pair of Katie Strahm and Courtney Ward 6-0 and got past No. 2 Jamie Larson and Denisse Beltran and No. 3 Melissa Vizcarva and Cristina Castro both 6-1.

Breezy Boniface and Kristina Estrada, No. 2 for the Eagles, beat Strahm/Ward 6-1, Larson/Beltran 6-2 and Vizcarva/Castro 6-0.

Southwest's No. 3 duo of Karelisa Jones and Becky Leone downed Strahm/Ward 6-3 and Larson/Beltran 6-0.

Rounding things out for the Eagles were the substitute team of Rebekah Myung and Michelle Melendez, who lost 2-6 to Vizcarva/Castro.

Added Piniero: "Part of what makes it really worthwhile is that the girls know the most important thing is not really winning, but rather just having fun. Winning just comes as a benefit."

Brawley 16, Calexico 2

CALEXICO — The Brawley Union High tennis team wrapped up second place in the Imperial Valley League with a 16-2 win over Calexico High here Wednesday.

Brawley finishes the IVL season with a 7-3 record.

The Wildcats got three wins each from all three of their doubles teams led by No. 1 Stephanie Dominguez and Ashley Abubo, No. 2 Debbie Ibarra and Betty Lou Espitia, No. 3 Jenna Rebik and Brooke Ruth and the substitute team of Sara Hernandez and Sara Fernandez.

In singles action, No. 2 Shehla Admani and Kendra Caffarrella both earned three wins for Brawley and No. 1 Erika Herrera earned one win.

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