Ramona High tennis finishes toughest season in school’s history with an even record
By Bill Tamburrino
Ramona showed that it belonged in the CIF Division playoffs. The Bulldogs beat El Capitan and lost a close match to Cathedral Catholic.
The Bulldogs finished the season with a 9-9 record and played one of the toughest schedules in school history.
Ramona defeated El Capitan High School 15-3 in the first round of the Division II CIF Playoffs at Riviera Oaks Resort and Racquet Club on May 10.
Cameron Ruland manned the number one singles spot and had three stellar sets. Ruland went 6-1, 6-1, and 6-0. Daniel Streeter also picked up three sets with scores of 6-2, 6-2, and 6-0.
Freshman Christian Failla, playing in his first CIF playoff match, went 0-6 and rebounded to pick up a team point with a 6-2 set. Chad Martin played one set and posted a respectable 5-7.
John Shupe and Tyler McDonald won three sets while playing in the number one doubles spot with scores of 6-1, 6-0, and 6-1. Vasek Reischl and Garrett Hatch played well in the number two doubles spot and picked up three points with scores of 6-0, 6-2, and 6-0. Nick Peterson and Chris Page won two sets with scores of 6-2 and 6-0. Scotty Barber and Nick Brierton played one set and recorded a 4-6 score.
The Bulldogs were eliminated from the playoffs by Cathedral Catholic 10-8 on May 12. The Dons chose to forfeit a number of sets after they ensured a victory by winning ten team points.
“Cathedral Catholic did not win with honor as is the CIF code,” stated Coach Doug Failla, who is known for his sportsmanship.
His teams are known for their class and sportsmanship so his comment cannot be dismissed as sour grapes.
Ruland went 6-1, 1-6, and won a forfeit. Streeter won a forfeit and went 2-6 and 0-6. Chad Martin won a forfeit and posted a score of 0-6. Failla played on set and recorded a 0-6.
Shupe and McDonald got to play three sets and went 1-6, 6-4, and 6-1. Reischl and Hatch went 2-6, won a forfeit and won a set by a score of 6-0. Peterson and Page went 0-6, 2-6, and 5-7.
“I was upset with the sportsmanship displayed at the match,” said Failla. “We don’t treat other teams that way and we don’t expect to be treated that way. I am, however, proud of the way my players responded and showed honor and dignity.”
The reason for the controversy is explained in this week’s “Time Out.”
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