Girls tennis roundup – Panthers stay hot

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Santa Rosa, the surprise team of the North Bay League, continued its winning ways on Tuesday with a 7-0 victory over visiting Casa Grande.

After finishing near the bottom of the standings in recent years, the rejuvenated Panthers find themselves near the top in 2013 with a 3-1 record.

Maria Carrillo, the league’s dominant team over the past decade, is 3-0 and Cardinal Newman and Santa Rosa share second place in the heated NBL championship race.

Santa Rosa dropped only one set against the Gauchos and looking especially strong was No. 1 singles player Haley Lyons. She beat Satvika Madadi 6-4, 6-1.

“Haley’s worked hard on her game and is now one of the top singles players in the league,” coach Dustin St. John said.
“She’s steady and consistent and waits for her opportunities to be aggressive.”

Laurel Ockenden, Raven Quesenberry and Lindsay Bribiescas were the other singles winners for the victorious Panthers.
Ockenden and Bribiescas are both 4-0 this season.

“Playing against Laurel is like hitting the ball against a wall,” St. John said. “Everything comes back. She makes her opponents run and waits for her chance to end the point.

“Bribiescas’ strength is her mental game and focus. We were 3-3 against Montgomery and her match was the only one still on court. She stayed focused and won a close third set to give us the victory.”

ALL-EMPIRE STAR LONG HELPS PROPEL CARRILLO

MARIA CARRILLO 5, MONTGOMERY 2

Fu Long, the All-Empire Player of the Year in 2012, set the tone for the match with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Alexandra Wood as Maria Carrillo beat Montgomery 5-2.

The visiting Pumas swept the singles matches with Kira Deguchi, Hanna Monette and Emily Wilson also getting wins.

MIRANDA LEADS CARDINALS TO BIG VICTORY OVER COTATE

CARDINAL NEWMAN 7, RANCHO COTATE 0

Playing No. 1 singles, Natalie Miranda defeated Laina Beyer 6-2, 6-2.

Preston Bernd, Anna Hartmann and Anna Tamayo also won their matches in straight sets as Cardinal Newman blew by Rancho Cotate 7-0.

BROOK CLAIMS STRAIGHT SETS TRIUMPH TO SPUR WINDSOR

WINDSOR 5, UKIAH 2

Windsor took three of four singles matches against Ukiah, cruising to a 5-2 victory. Zoe Brook led the way with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Lizzy McKeen at No. 1.

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