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Season Ends For Carpinteria Against Bolsa Grande in Quarterfinal

Carpinteria boys tennis couldn't extend its season on Tuesday, falling 13-5 to Bolsa Grande in the CIF Division 4 quarterfinal. 

After coming out of the first round tied 3-3, the Warriors fell down 5-1 in the second after dropping two close sets. Bolsa wrapped up the match afterwards.

Solomon Nahooikaika/Kirby Zapata held control of all three of their sets and took down the Matadors' no. 1 doubles team, 6-1. Nahooikaika stormed the net and deceptively hit shots down the line to uphold the duo's unpredictability. 

Meanwhile, Luke Nahooikaika/Cameron Gralewski went for 2-1 and launched a big first-round comeback from 1-4 down to win a 7-6 (4) tiebreaker. 

The team's other top players, including singles no. 1 Jeremy Saito, hung in there, but couldn't finish with wins, coach Charles Bryant said. 

"This is one of those matches that I truly believe we would win 90 percent of the time they would play," Bryant said, "but just not today."

Carpinteria finishes its season 16-5 overall and as Frontier League champs.

"We cannot remember the last time Carpinteria has advanced in the CIF playoffs," Bryant said. "It really could be a few decades ago. So, to win two rounds is something hopefully we can build on for next season."

Saito, Nahooikaika/Zapata and Nahooikaika/Gralewski will all compete May 24 in the CIF Sectional individual tournament. 

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