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Southwest falls short in bid for perfection

May 07, 2002|STAFF REPORT

The Southwest High tennis team narrowly missed going undefeated in the Imperial Valley League after it lost 10-8 to Vincent Memorial in El Centro on Monday.

Southwest still finishes as league champion with a 7-1 mark.

"Even though we lost, I think right now we're right where we ought to be," said Southwest coach Genaro Piniero. "We lost but we still won league. So now we'll just be preparing all week for CIF."

The Eagles' best performance came from the No. 2 doubles team of Bobby Romero and Jared Kaye, which swept its sets 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.

Vincent's singles keyed the victory, led by Eduardo Carrizosa, who beat Timm Walter 6-4, John Bonano 7-5 and Randy Lyon 6-2. Vincent's Don Fontaine won all three of his sets 6-3 and Daniel Cadena picked up a point with a 6-4 victory for the Scots (5-2).

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Vincent got wins from each of its doubles teams, with the No. 1 team of Gerardo Barreto and Alejandro Zepeda and the No. 3 duo of Jorge Vasquez and Rodolfo CabaƱes both winning 6-2. The No. 2 team of Armando Garcia and Juan Lopez won a set 6-3 for the Scots.

Along with points from Romero and Kaye, the Eagles got two points from No. 1 doubles team of Kareem Salem and Hector Bravo, 6-1 and 7-6 (7-5). Chris Thomas and Neil Stickles picked up a point in doubles for Southwest, winning 6-3.

On the singles side, Walter won a set, (6-3) as did Bonano (6-2).

Vincent will play at Central Union in El Centro at 5 p.m. Wednesday and along with Southwest will compete in the IVL finals beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at Southwest.

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