It was a successful day of girls tennis in town, as San Marcos and Carpinteria rolled through their opponents while Bishop Diego picked up a win in its home opener.
San Marcos 17, Buena 1
The Royals dominated both singles and doubles play in a lopsided win over the Bulldogs.
San Marcos captured all nine points in singles play, losing just one game along the way.
“San Marcos’s singles used their fast-paced serves and ball placement to best Buena,” Royals coach Emily Carver said. “Each singles match showcased the skill and determination of San Marcos, showing the product of their hard work from practice.”
The high-level play from the Royals continued into doubles play, where the advantage was 8-1. The duo of Ava Vasquez and Cristina Wickline led the attack, dropping just five games across a three-set sweep.
“While it was evident that San Marcos was the stronger side, they handled the win with grace and respect,” Carver said. “This match served as a reminder of San Marcos’s tennis prowess and their ability to perform at their best, even in less challenging contests.”
Bishop Diego 11, Dunn 7
The Cardinals came away victorious against Dunn in their home opener.
“We had to stay focused and present to the very end,” Bishop Diego coach Pete Kirkwood said.
In doubles, the No. 1 pairing of Elisha McCullough and Marlene Lausen picked up a sweep in which they did not drop a single game.
“Elisha and Marlene just had too much firepower today,” Kirkwood said. “They were hitting hard and confidently and kept their opponents on their heels all day long.”
Galilea De La Cruz and Rafaela Fay also recorded a sweep at the No. 2 spot. Meanwhile, Victoria Heredia and Leanna Ibarra won two of their three sets.
“It was [De La Cruz and Fay’s] first time playing together and they were complimenting each other’s games nicely,” Kirkwood said. “Victoria was moving great at the net and Leanna was hitting winners through the middle of the court with regularity.”
Haley Hubbs was dominant in singles to pick up the final three points, coming away with a 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 sweep.
“Haley is starting to play at a different level now,” Kirkwood said. “She is really going after serves now and learning to go big on the next shot and take over the court. Her confidence and belief that she will win is growing with every set.”
The Cardinals are now 2-0 in the Frontier League and 2-3 overall. They will take on Thacher on Thursday.
Carpinteria 17, Santa Paula 1
The Warriors cruised to a big win over Santa Paula.
“I was glad we were able to pull out a few close sets and get that experience,” Carpinteria coach Charles Bryant said. “It was also breezy enough to have an effect on the balls. Again, it was a good experience for us to learn how to deal with it.”
It was a complete sweep in doubles play, while Izzy Scott and Silke Leonard each went 3-0 in singles.
“Izzy is playing very well lately and is starting to come to the net more often to finish off points,” Bryant said. “Silke is really playing well these past few weeks and has not dropped a set in that time.”
The pairings in doubles play were Sara Fakinos/Keyla Manriquez, Allison Banks/Charlotte Cooney and Sasha Porinsh/Clover Martinez.
“I was really happy with how Sasha and Clover played,” Bryant said. “Allison and Charlotte were aggressive at the net, which we are working on and are trying to push that concept more with all our teams.
“Sara and Keyla had a few close sets that they really played well in the last few games to pull out those sets.”
Carpinteria (10-1, 6-0) will host Nordhoff on Thursday.
San Luis Obispo 7, Santa Ynez 2
The Pirates struggled in a lopsided loss to San Luis Obispo.
Senior Paige Halme and sophomore Grace Sugich picked up the lone wins for Santa Ynez.
Halme and Sugich each won in two sets in singles play.
The Pirates are 6-6 overall and 3-4 in league action.
Villanova 12, Providence 6
Providence fell to Villanova in a matchup that was decided by three close sets where Villanova came away victorious.
Sarah Monroy and Anna Sedlar each turned in solid performances in singles play despite the losing effort.
“I’m so proud of these ladies,” Patriots coach Leanne Patterson said. “We will get them next!”