Vincent Memorial Scots’ tennis still rampaging over competition

Vincent Memorial Scots’ Ricardo Medina returns a backhand against the Southwest Eagles during their match March 29 at Southwest High School.

EL CENTRO – The Vincent Memorial boys’ Varsity tennis squad continued its rampage through the 2017 Imperial Valley League season as the Scots beat the short-handed Eagles 16-2 at Southwest High March 29 to remain unvanquished in conference action.

“We are missing a few guys that had the potential to be competitive for us today,” explained Southwest Eagles boys’ Varsity Head Coach Genaro Piniero of the loss.

In all, Raj Toor (Eagles #1 singles player), Calvin Patel (Eagles #3 singles), Sehun Park and Michael John Flores (Eagles #3 doubles) were out of action Wednesday due to illness and injury.

In the first round of singles play, Vincent Memorial’s #1 Mario Santana sliced through Southwest’s Xavier D. 6-0.

Ricardo Medina was substituted for Santana in round two and scored one more point for the Scots in a 6-0 Vincent Memorial victory over Isaiha Torrers.

Medina stayed in the last session of the #1 slate as he pulled off another 6-0 winning performance against the Eagles’ Josue Landeros.

Scot’s #2 singles player Francisco Moreno sat out game one where Juan I. alternated in to defeat Xavier 6-2 and then later, Landeros 6-1. Moreno came in to take out Torres 6-0 in the middle round of the #2 singles contest.

Vincent Memorial’s #3 singles player Diego Gallastegui swept through Xavier, Torres, and Landeros 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 in his flawless three match outing to score three more times as Vincent Memorial closed out the singles match ups.

The doubles portion of the event resulted in a 6-1 win for the Scots’ #1 combo of Alvaro Gallastegui and Rolando Rodarte over Maharsh Patel and Arjan Sing.

The Eagles’ Pablo Verduzco and Rodion Voldman were downed 6-2 followed by Jorge Avalos and Dario Rodriguez’s 6-0 defeat, which completed the three-round Vincent Memorial hat trick for Gallastegui and Rodarte.

The Scots’ #2 doubles team Jaime Honold and Alan Huizar won their first game 6-1 against Patel and Sing, then lost in the second round 6-1 to Verduzco and Voldman, and consequently won their last match 6-0 versus Avalos and Rodriguez.

Vincent Memorial’s doubles pair of Rogelio Fontes and Rodrigo Vela beat Patel and Sing 6-2 in the first round, fell 6-4 to Verduzco and Voldman in the next game, but regrouped and won convincingly over Avalos and Rodriguez 6-3 in the last game of the #3 ranked doubles slot.

“All I can say is that with every match they continue to grow as players and they keep working to improve their game,” said Jessica Zuniga, head coach of Vincent Memorial’s boys’ tennis team. “They are very confident in themselves and that is great because it shows that they believe in one another, too.”

As the most recent local team to claim a CIF Tennis Title, the Scots are one game into the last go-around of divisional matches and are perched atop the conference’s crow’s nest.  Due to the school’s previous post season success, Vincent Memorial has been reclassified and is currently the only Imperial Valley League team in Division 1.