EL CENTRO – In Imperial Valley League high school boys’ Varsity tennis action, the Vincent Memorial Scots competed in El Centro this past week where they snared the Southwest Eagles 12-6 on Monday and speared the Central Spartans 14-4 Wednesday to sweep the opening session of conference play.
The Scots’ #1 singles player, Mariano Santana, was tested early in his first-round match against the Eagles’ top singles player, but the Vincent Memorial aggressor prevailed 7-5 in the end. In his second game, Santana sliced away a 6-0 shutout then was substituted by teammate Leo Garza who fell 6-4, giving the Scots the lead, 2-1.
Vincent Memorial added two more points on back-to-back wins of 6-4 and 6-0 by #2 singles player Francisco Moreno, but gave up a point in the third match when substitute Andres Garcia was blanked 6-0 to put the score at 4-2.
A 6-4 opening round loss and 6-0, 6-1 second and third round victories by the Scot’s #3 player, Diego Gallastegui, helped Vincent Memorial take a 6-3 advantage.
In the doubles round, the Scots surged on the Eagles as Vincent scored six more times and continued to defend the net vigorously.
Vincent’s #1 doubles team of Rolando Rodarte and Alvaro Gallastegui made short work of their adversaries, winning 6-1, 6-0, 6-0 to tack on three more points for a 9-3 Scots lead.
Alan Huizar and Jaime Honolz won their first-round contest 6-4 and lost 6-3 in their second mach. Substitutes Juan Honolz and Ricardo Medina lost 6-0 to give the Eagles a bit of ground at 10-5.
The #3 doubles contests netted a 6-1 Rojelio Fuentes/ Rodrigo Vela victory that was short-lived after a second round 6-3 loss. Fuentes and Vela rebounded to win their final match that ended the game at 12-6.
Two days later, the Scots’ racquets continued ripping through the opposition as the Vincent singles players were one point shy of perfection against Centrals’ top soloists at 8-1.
Each doubles unit won two and lost one against the Spartan pairs players to close out the road voyage with a 14-4 Central slamming.
Vincent sits at 2-0 in first place in Imperial Valley League standings. In a week where the Scots’ racquets were just as hot as the mid-winter temperatures, Vincent proved to have the potential of repeating last year’s dominating league championship performance.
“My team is pretty good. We’ve won the league matches so far and we are expected to win the title once again as a team and individually at IVLs,” said Jessica Zuniga, head coach of Vincent Memorial’s tennis squad.