By Bill Tamburrino
Coach Doug Failla’s Ramona High tennis team opened Palomar League play with a big win over Poway. Coupled with a win in the Vista Doubles Tournament, that made Failla a happy coach.
“The entire team played at a high level all week,” said Failla. “That is very satisfying for a coach. Seeing the whole team come together and focus was all that a coach could hope for. The Poway win was big. We beat them to end the season last year and we were not intimidated. We focused.”
Failla called the Vista Doubles Tournament win another total team effort.
“We played five doubles teams and we won 19 sets to beat RBV by one set,” he said. “We are 8-0 and playing good team tennis.
Daniel Streeter echoed Failla’s comments when asked why the team is doing so well.
“We have a lot of self determination,” said the RHS junior. “We really try to stay focused the entire match.”
Streeter is in his third year of varsity competition and has been the number one singles player all year. He started playing when he was 10 and took lessons from Brian Conway and then Greg Failla.
He teamed up with Christian Failla in the Vista Doubles Tournament to help the team win the tourney. Streeter hopes to continue playing in college. He is a 3.5 student who wants to become a pharmacist. His mom, Carrie, and his dad, Kurt, don’t play tennis, but they have supported Daniel since he got interested in the sport.
Streeter went 4-6, 6-2 and 6-1 in singles play against Poway. Every singles player won two out of three sets. Failla went 0-6, 6-1, and 6-1. Scotty Barber turned in scores of 0-6, 6-3, and 6-1.
Like the singles players, every doubles team won two out of three sets. John Shupe and Tyler McDonald won two points with scores of 6-6, 6-3, and 6-1. Chad Martin and Nick Peterson posted scores of 6-7, 6-3, and 6-0. Garrett Wilcox and Ricky Flores followed suit with two sets with scores of 1-6, 6-3, and 6-4.
The Palomar League is tough but so are the young Bulldogs. They are in first place with a 1-0 record and they are undefeated with an 8-0 mark.