The doubles teams led the way for the Santa Barbara High girls tennis team in a 13-5 Channel League win over Dos Pueblos on Monday.
The teams of Caitlyn Buist/Ashley Birch, Charlotte Ryan/Emma Hine, Esme Landeck Lopez/Lucia Dipadova and Ella Weathers/Micah Sage all won their sets to complete a 9-0 performance.
“It was rewarding for them to play confidently like they did today,” said coach Danny Echt.
In singles, freshman Nicole Buist won her three sets.
“She competed well against a crafty and patient Mel Mayo. The points were long and the quality of tennis was great to see. Nicole figured out late in the set how her tight baseline positioning helped her begin to take control of points,” said Echt.
Buist “played freely and comfortably” en route to beating the Chargers’ No. 1 singles player,” said Echt. “She is beginning to relax and trust herself, and the fight she shows in her match play is great.”
Dos Pueblos coach Rob Schiff applauded the Dons for being more consistent and efficient in the match.
“We need to be much more solid and less error prone if we expect to be able to compete with teams like Santa Barbara,” he said.
Santa Ynez 6, Lompoc 3
Emma Sell bounced back from a first-set loss and beat Lompoc’s Vera Ortiz 7-5 in the second set and 10-4 in a super tiebreaker, sparking Santa Ynez to a 6-3 non-league girls tennis win.
The Pirates also got singles wins from Natalie O’Shaughnessey, Lily Mazza, Brielle Saaroos and Kate Mazza.
Carpinteria won a key Citrus Coast League match over Santa Paula to stay in the CIF playoff hunt. The scores were 25-12, 25-16, 21-25, 25-17.
“We were firing on all cylinders for most of the first two sets, including libero Ashley Mora who went on an 11-point service run,” said coach Greg Novak. “A couple of miscues let the deciding third set slip away. We managed to rebound and get back on track to finish out the fourth set for the win.
Novak cited the team’s tough serving and the blocking of middles Maddison Priess, Sawyer Taff and Camila Martinez as keys to the win.
The Warriors close league play against Nordhoff on Wednesday.