CALEXICO — The Vincent Memorial boys’ high school Varsity tennis team closed out the final contest of regular season action in Calexico Tuesday in a 14-4 landslide over a 7-1 second place Bulldog team that was the only school within a racquet’s reach to challenge the Scots’ repeated attempts for first place IVL team honors.
During the singles round of competition, Vincent’s #1 singles player Mariano Santha won a close (6-4) set against Calexico’s top singles competitor Sebastian Vizcarra, then found his rhythm in a (6-1) victory over #2 Bulldog Jose Chao, and finished off #3 Chris Lopez in (6-0) flawless fashion to score three straight points for the Scots.
Fransisco Moreno represented Vincent Memorial’s #2 singles slot in impressive fashion as he cleared a hat-trick of his own in a dominating performance that never conceded a game in three (6-0) sweeps over Vizcarra, Chao, and Lopez.
In the #3 slot, Diego Gallastegui took out Vizcarra (6-3), and then washed and repeated (6-1), (6-1) over Chao and Lopez that sealed the Scots’ singles scrubbing.
Rolando Rodarte and teammate Alvaro Gallastegui only gave up four games in three sets as Vincent’s #1 doubles team beat Calexico’s #1 doubles tandem of Alex Cota and Ismael Arvizu (6-1), then handled Ivan Rodriguez and Diego Gallego (6-1), and finished off Fransisco Medina and Juan Gutierrez (6-3).
The Scot’s #2 doubles unit Alan Huizar and Jaime Honold were defeated by Cota and Arvizu (6-4) and then bounced back with a win (6-4) against Rodriguez and Gallego. Calexico’s Medina and Gutierrez were also victorious (6-4) over Huizar and Honold.
Rodrigo Vela and Ricardo Medina won a (6-3) set over Cota and Arvizu, but were later unsuccessful in a (6-4) loss to Rodriguez and Gallego which was followed by a (6-3) defeat at the hands of Medina and Gutierrez.
The late doubles wins weren’t enough for the Bulldogs to catch up to the rolling Scots that had already gained a large lead during the singles events.
“My boys knew how important this match was, even though some may have entered a bit nervous, they still managed to focus and play incredibly,” said Jessica Zuniga, head coach of Vincent Memorial’s boys Varsity squad. “I was proud of their performance on the court and I know they were happy about it too. Now we are just looking forward to CIF and IVLs and hope we make it far in the upcoming tournaments.”
Imperial Valley League championships are scheduled for Monday, but the site and times are not yet finalized.