San Marcos swept all nine singles sets to lead a 12-6 home win over Dos Pueblos Tuesday to open the rivals’ Channel League play.
Leading the singles sweep was Masato Perera, the defending CIF-SS individual singles champion. The Royals No. 2 and No. 3 singles players Alex Chow and Jed Greenwald completed the sweep.
Dos Pueblos prevailed in the doubles sets, including a 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 sweep by the No. 2 team of Julian Choi and Connor MacPherson. The Chargers’ No. 1 team of Daniel Truong and Keaton Cross won two sets and the No. 3 team of Kevin He and Nikhil Gupta one set.
“DP’s a tough team; the score was a little closer than the outcome, but our singles stayed strong today and carried us to a victory,” San Marcos coach Jonny Sapp said. “I like what I’m seeing with our doubles teams, we have the right strategy, but we just need to execute better and still need to keep improving by being a little steadier and cutting down the unforced errors.
“Next time we meet we’ll do better in doubles and learn from our mistakes.”
The Royals’ doubles team of Matthew Chung and Ronin Suzuki won two sets.
“We were really excited to play San Marcos in our first league match, knowing it would be good competition for both teams,” Dos Pueblos coach Laura Housinger said.
“Our doubles had some impressive wins with Connor and Julian sweeping all three sets. Our singles had some tough matches but played well overall. We look forward to playing them again later in the season at DP to work on improving our next score.”
The loss was the first of the season for Dos Pueblos against five wins.