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Point Loma knocks Calexico from CIF postseason

May 15, 2002|By ROBERT FULTON

Special to this newspaper

SAN DIEGO — The Calexico High School boys tennis team's season came to a halt here Tuesday as it lost 12-6 to Point Loma High in CIF San Diego Section Division II postseason play at the Peninsula Athletic Club.

"I'm really proud of the way we played," said Bulldog head coach Lauro Paredes. "We're a really young team. They gutted it out. We didn't win, but they played every point really hard with a lot of guts and a lot of heart."

The Bulldogs' singles side did well, with Calexico's only two seniors taking charge — No. 1 Chris Cota and No. 3 Efrain Escalante won two of three sets.


"The level is too high here," said Escalante, who won the Imperial Valley League individual tournament last week. "Their guys are more powerful than in the Imperial Valley, both physically and mentally. I'm happy with how I played. I haven't played and am out of shape right now. I hope I can do better in the CIF individuals."

Cota downed Tyson Karrasch 6-0 and Zack McKay 6-3 while Escalante defeated Karrasch and McKay 6-2, 6-2.

Calexico did not have an answer for Pointers' No. 1, Jeff Nguyen, who extended his record this year to 59-1 with three more victories.

"He's just about a sure thing for three points," said Pointer head coach Duncan Depew.

Doubles were another matter, as Point Loma dominated.

The Bulldogs' only victories came with No. 2 team Joseph Alvarez and Wi Chui Mai downing the Pointers' No. 2 Jon Journare and Kyle Ladewig 6-4 and the Bulldogs' No. 3 tandem of Steve Rivera and No. 3 Jesus Leon downing the Pointers' Alex Tieger and Max Westfall 6-3.

"What we need to concentrate on is doubles," Cato said. "The past few years we had some seniors that were pretty good and the doubles teams helped the seniors out instead of the seniors doing all of the work. If we worked on our doubles this team would be a lot better. That way the team doesn't have to depend on singles to do all of the work."

The loss leaves Calexico's season record at 8-4, including a second-place finish in the Imperial Valley League.

"I'm very proud of our singles players and our doubles players for not being intimidated," Paredes said. "A lot of times we've had kids come up and play against kids who have been playing 10 years or 12 years. For them to really represent themselves, their school and the Valley with great sportsmanship, great ability and great heart I think speaks well for not only them but who they represent and who they are."

The Bulldogs are hungry to regain the IVL title they relinquished to Southwest after taking home the league trophy two years in a row.

"It was a very good year," Paredes said. "We won two IVL titles in a row and this was a rebuilding year for us. We plan on taking our title back next year."

Southwest 13, Ramona 5

The Southwest High tennis team advanced to the second round of the CIF San Diego Section Division II postseason with a 13-5 victory over Ramona in El Centro on Tuesday.

Leading Southwest were its singles players, who swept their sets and won all nine points.

The No. 1 singles player for the Eagles, John Bonano, won 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 and No. 2 Timm Walter was victorious 6-2, 6-0, 6-1. Kareem Salem, No. 3 for Southwest, won 6-3, 6-1, 6-4.

Southwest's No. 1 doubles pair of Greg and Randy Lyon won twice, 6-4 and 6-2. The No. 2 team of Bobby Romero and Jared Kaye recorded a point, winning 6-0, and Neil Stickles and Chris Thomas, No. 3 doubles for the Eagles, won 6-3.

"Thank goodness for our singles. If it wasn't for them, the season would've ended abruptly," said Southwest coach Genaro Piniero. "Our doubles had no excuse for losing a couple there. But our singles went above and beyond the call of duty and pulled it out for us."

The Eagles continue CIF action at 3:15 today as they play at La Jolla High.

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