The Carpinteria girls tennis team improved to 4-1 in Citrus Coast League play with a 15-3 win over visiting Santa Paula Thursday.
“I was happy with how we performed and the sportsmanship that both teams displayed,” Carpinteria coach Charles Bryant said. “We had a few new faces in doubles, but they stepped up to the challenge and really played well today.”
Carpinteria’s Elena Vargas and Olivia Broughton went 3-0 in their first outing as a doubles team.
“Both played very smart tennis and did a solid job of keeping the ball going and waiting for their chances to put it away,” Bryant said.
Stephanie Ramirez and Sasha Porinsh also went 3-0 for the Warriors, after overcoming a slow start.
And “our usual suspects,” the team of Ariana Lounsbury and Charlotte Cooney, swept three sets without the loss of a single game.
“It doesn’t matter who they are playing, they seem to step up to the challenge,” Bryant said. “They remain undefeated together in doubles on the year.”
In singles, Zahra Pornish also went 3-0 without the loss of a game.
“If she is ‘on,’ she can give any opponent a tough match,” Bryant said. Also impressive was Maria Sanchez, who went 2-1, “but really showed a lot of improvement and discipline. She had long points by playing with a very consistent, smart and opportunistic shot selection.”
Silke Leonard went 1-2, “but her scoreline is deceptive as she had to default her last match against the Cardinals # 3 player,” Bryant said.
“Overall, we played very well and we seemed to get stronger as the match went longer,” he said.
Carpinteria plays next week at Nordhoff and Malibu.
San Luis Obispo 8, Santa Ynez 1
The Santa Ynez girls tennis team suffered its first loss Thursday, against San Luis Obispo.
The doubles team of Brielle Saarloos and Kate Mazza accounted for the only Pirates’ point, in an 8-2 win over SLO’s Nicole Saavedra and Kylee McNabb.
The Pirates are now 13-1 overall and 5-1 in Mountain League play.