The Carpinteria girls tennis team’s eight-game winning streak was snapped by a strong Malibu squad, 13-5, in a Citrus Coast Legue rematch on a windy Monday.
The Sharks jumped out to a 5-1 lead after the first round of sets, and Carpinteria could never recover.
“They had a few players missing the first time around who made a huge difference today,” said Carpinteria coach Charles Bryant. “And we had some players who played in the first meeting who were not present today. That combination was a hole we just could not dig ourselves out of. But I give Malibu credit. They soundly beat us and we can offer zero excuses.”
Zahra Porinsh scored Carpinteria’s lone point in singles. The doubles team of Valerie Ojeda/Sasha Porinsh went 2-1 in their first match together.
The teams of Ariana Lounsbury/Natalie Martinez and Natalia Perez/Cassandra Maya Prado each went 1-2.
“We will turn our attention to a very dangerous Nordhoff team to finish out the league season,” said Bryant. “A win and we will be co-champions with Malibu. A loss and we will be a second place team. We know what is at stake and I am hoping we turn in a champion performance on Wednesday.”
Carpinteria is now 12-5 overall and 8-1 in the Citrus Coast League.
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