Windsor Takes First SCL Girls’ Tennis Title

Posted by Press Democrat Staff Writer Michael Coit:

No campus tennis courts, no problem as Windsor has won the school’s first Sonoma County League girls’ tennis title.

Despite having to travel across town to play on city park courts, Windsor has gone undefeated in league play with one match left against upstart El Molino on Tuesday. The Jaguars will represent the SCL at the North Coast Section team tennis championships that start Nov. 9.

El Molino and Analy, the defending team champion, appear headed for a second place tie, followed by Petaluma, Healdsburg, Sonoma Valley and Casa Grande.

“We just have a lot of really good players,” said Windsor coach Xerxes Whitney. “They motivate each other in practice. We had more competition to make it more fun during practice.”

The push has paid off and leading the way is Windsor’s top singles player Mariah Stiger. A transfer from Maria Carrillo, where she was the number two singles player last year, Stiger has helped raise both the level of play and enthusiasm on the Jaguars’ team.

“Mariah has added a lot of team spirit,” Whitney said.

Both Stiger and number three singles player Devon Brook have gone undefeated in match play. Windsor’s top doubles team is Casey Carpenter and Stephany Del Greco.

Stiger will be the top seed when the SCL singles tournament opens Thursday at Santa Rosa Junior College with the semifinals and finals on Friday. The three others leading the league in singles play are Pearl Wight, Analy, Marissa O’Connell, Petaluma, and Carly Graves, El Molino.

The league’s doubles tournament also will be held on the same days with matches starting at 1 p.m.

Both brackets should feature some good tennis. In singles, several number two players have a shot. In doubles, number three and four singles players will be in the field.

“It’s going to be pretty competitive. There’s going to be some that are really going to throw a wrench into it,” said Analy coach Rick Passero.

The singles and doubles champions represent the SCL at the NCS singles and doubles championships Nov. 16-17 at Diamond Hills Sports Club, in Oakley.