Ramona High’s boys tennis finds Del Norte tough competition
By Bill Tamburrino
Ramona High’s boys tennis team lost its first Valley League match to Del Norte High School.
“We were a little rusty coming back from Spring Break and having our practice rained out on Monday didn’t give us a chance to get ready for a Tuesday match. We will make some adjustments in the second round, and if we continue to work and improve we will have a chance to make up for that loss,” said coach Doug Failla.
Ramona bounced back and beat Orange Glen. Ramona is 2-1 in the Valley League and in second place. Mission Vista and Oceanside do not field tennis teams so there are only four teams in the Valley League that play tennis.
Ramona’s loss to Del Norte was by a score of 13-5. Del Norte took 8 of the 9 team points in singles play. Daniel Streeter took Ramona’s only singles point by going 0-6, 6-2, and 3-6. Christian Failla went 1-6, 0-6, and 0-6. Garrett Wilcox turned in scores of 0-6, 1-6, and 1-6.
The Bulldogs won 4 team points in doubles action against the Night Hawks. Rickey Flores and Nick Peterson took two sets by posting scores of 4-6, 6-2, and 6-1. Jack Mellecker and Chad Martin won 2 team points by going 6-7, 6-4, and 7-6. Adam Mazzola and Stephen Janak went 4-6, 3-6, and 4-6.
Failla started gearing up for the second round match against Del Norte by shaking up his lineup against Orange Glen.
Failla made significant changes to his doubles teams. Christian Failla joined Flores on the No. 1 doubles team and the two teamed up to win all three sets by going 6-2, 6-2, and 6-0. Peterson and Wilcox joined forces for the No. 2 doubles tandem and picked up 3 team points by posting scores of 6-2, 6-2, and 6-1. Mellecker and Martin brought in 9 team points for the Dawgs by going 6-1, 6-4, and 6-1.
Streeter served up three bagels as he went 6-0 across the board to win three sets in the No. 1 singles spot. Mazzola moved from doubles to singles play and responded well as he won 3 team points by going 6-1, 6-1, and 6-3. Shay Alwan manned the No. 3 singles spot and went 2-6 and 6-2. Janak played one set and posted a 6-0 score.
Ramona finished the week by winning the Vista Doubles tournament. Doubles teams may be the key in beating Del Norte in showdown for the Valley League title.
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