EL CENTRO – In Imperial Valley League high school boysâ€™ 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 Scotsâ€™ #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.Â 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 Scotâ€™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.Â
Vincentâ€™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.Â 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.Â Fuentes and Vela rebounded to win their final match that ended the game at 12-6.Â Â Â Â Â
Two days later, the Scotsâ€™ racquets continued ripping through the opposition as the Vincent singles players were one point shy of perfection against Centralsâ€™ 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.Â 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 yearâ€™s dominating league championship performance.
â€œMy team is pretty good.Â Weâ€™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, Â head coach of Vincent Memorial’s tennis squad.