By Bill Tamburrino
The Bulldog girls tennis team was short-handed last week due to injuries and sickness but played well and Coach Matt McCormick thinks the players will be ready for Valley League action and a run at a CIF title.
Ramona lost non-league tilts to North county power Rancho Buena Vista and South Bay power Bonita Vista by identical scores of 7-11.
“We were hit by sickness but the girls fought hard in the face of adversity,” said McCormick. “In the last round of the Bonita Vista match we almost tied the match and if we would have, we would have won on games. We lost two sets by tiebreaker. Impressive performances were turned (in) by Jessica Failla (No. 1 singles) and Lauren Dunker and Rebecca Vaca (No. 1 doubles team). Elizabeth Bowersox almost won a set in her varsity debut. She lost a 5-7 tiebreaker to the RBV No. 1 player. Alyssa Virgilio and Caroline Lopresti almost took down Bonita No. 1 doubles team in their best set of the year. Cassidy Owens and Danielle Vizcarra rebounded at the end of the match and
were able to win a set.”
Failla won all six of her sets by 6-0 scores as she looks like a strong candidate for a league and CIF championship contender. Dunker and Vaca also won six sets last week and Megan Douglas picked up a set in the RBV win.
McCormick has said that Dunker and Vaca “have dominated against other schools.” Dunker is a senior co-captain and Vaca is a junior in her third year of varsity competition.
Dunker started playing tennis at age 11 and has taken lessons from the Faillas. She is in her third year of varsity competition. Dunker has always been a doubles player at RHS. Her first partner was Owens and then she teamed up with Vaca. Dunker has a 4.72 grade point average and wants to attend Cal or UCLA and then go to medical school and practice pediatrics.
Vaca started playing tennis at the age of 5 or 6.
“I was real young at the time,” noted Vaca.
She said since then, “I have taken a ton of lessons. And I continue to take lessons. Greg, Katrina and Doug Failla have all given me lessons and I wouldn’t be as good as I am now if it wasn’t for them.”
Dunker is the only partner Vaca has had at RHS and this year the two are undefeated in dual matches with 18 sets won.
Vaca wants to attend the College of Charleston and major in English and communications. When her sister, Rachel, is home from college, they play tennis. Vaca’s mom and dad also play tennis but, “They always have an excuse not to play when I challenge them,” joked Vaca.
18-0 in dual matches is no joke.