Girl’s tennis: Maria Carrillo extends NBL undefeated streak

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Windsor's Zoe Brook swings at the ball during her match against Maria Carrillo's Fu Long on Tuesday in Windsor. (Alvin Jornada / For The Press Democrat)

Windsor’s Zoe Brook swings at the ball during her match against Maria Carrillo’s Fu Long on Tuesday in Windsor. (Alvin Jornada / For The Press Democrat)

WINDSOR — Despite losing more than half of last year’s championship team to graduation, Maria Carrillo is well on its way to winning its fourth straight NBL title.

The Pumas’ march continued Tuesday as they defeated the host Jaguars, 7-0.

The win advanced Carrillo’s league record to 6-0, which gives them a one-game lead on Cardinal Newman.

While coach Bob Harbaugh had to revamp his current team, he didn’t have to worry about No. 1 singles.

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Returning and playing better than ever is Fu Long, last year’s All-Empire Player of the Year.

Long had all her shots working Tuesday as she defeated Zoe Brook 6-1, 6-0 on a windy afternoon at the Hiram Lewis courts.

“I feel my entire game has improved since last year,” she said. “My ground strokes have more accuracy and I’ve increased the speed on my serve to the mid-90s. My serve is setting up more points for me.”

Long also used the wind to her advantage as she hit slice after slice wide, and let the wind carry it out of Brook’s reach.

“She can play any kind of game,” Harbaugh said.

“She can bang with her opponent from the baseline and she can hit soft balls and drop shots if that’s what she needs to do to win.”

To retool his team, Harbaugh brought up four girls who played only exhibition matches last season, and then filled the final two spots with freshmen.

The Pumas didn’t drop a set against Windsor.

Playing singles alongside Long were Kira Deguchi, Hanna Monette and Emily Wilson.

As for doubles, it was Anna Carr, Serah Mbugua, Alyin Erden, Brenda Sounda, Rhea Sheth and Noor Lamba.

In other NBL matches Tuesday:

MONTGOMERY 7, UKIAH 0

At Ukiah, Alexandra Wood led the way with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Lizzy Mckeon at No. 1 singles.

Delaney Seymour, Sami Eberhart and Hailey Frank also won straight-set singles matches.

SANTA ROSA 7, RANCHO COTATE 0

At Rohnert Park, the Panthers didn’t drop a set.

Haley Lyons, playing No. 1, set the tone for the match with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Natalie Miranda.

Also winning singles matches were Laurel Ockenden and Raven Quesenberry. Rancho defaulted the No. 4 position.

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