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Eagles, Scots lead IVLs

November 03, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

Throughout this season there have been two constants in Imperial Valley girls high school tennis — Vincent Memorial's Claudia Gonzalez and the Southwest High doubles teams.

On Friday, both proved once again they are head and shoulders above the rest in the Valley, winning in the Imperial Valley League finals at Central Union High in El Centro.

Just as she's done all year, Gonzalez ripped through her competition in the IVL finals, giving up only two points in seven sets played.

The two points came in the first set of her final match against Central Union High's Minnie Flores, who Gonzalez defeated 6-2 and 6-0 to claim her third consecutive IVL individual crown.


"I think I did pretty good. I knew that if I put the effort into it, I'd be able to do good," said Gonzalez. "For me this was a good practice for CIF."

With the win, Gonzalez qualifies for the San Diego Section individual tournament at the Barnes Center in San Diego on Nov. 13-14.

Flores, Vincent Memorial's Alejandra Sanchez and Brawley Union High's Kendra Caffarella also have qualified for CIF.

In the third-place match Sanchez defeated Caffarella 8-2.

On the doubles side, it was the Southwest show as all three of its doubles teams qualified for CIF.

The team of Bianca Bonilla and Judy Hsu defeated teammates Kim Slovak and Monnett De La Torre 6-7 (3-7), 6-4 and 6-3 in the final.

Also qualifying for CIF along with Bonilla/Hsu and Slovak/De La Torre are the Eagles' Karelisa Jones and Becky Leone and Brawley's Sheila Vogel and Theresa Vea. Jones/Leone and Vogel/Vea will face off Tuesday in the third-place match.

Southwest coach Genaro Piniero said, "Our doubles teams have been our bread and butter all year and once again they played very well. We have an excess of doubles teams and they're arguably the best in the Valley.

"I think when they play each other, like they did today, that's the best competition they'll see. They enjoy playing against each other; there's no rivalry between them. They just all seem to bring out the best in each other."

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