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Warrior netters 3-1 in August

Joe Naiman

Village News Reporter

Fallbrook High School’s girls tennis team concluded August with a 3-1 record.

“We have a relatively new team,” said Fallbrook coach Bill Lenaway. “I kind of scheduled in such a way that we would be able to ease into the season.”

Last year, Fallbrook had an overall record of 11-6, including a first-round loss in the CIF Division III playoffs. The Warriors were 6-2 in Valley League play for third place in the final standings with Mission Hills and Ramona each finishing 9-1 to share the league championship. This year, Fallbrook, Mission Hills and Ramona are all in the Palomar League along with Poway and Rancho Buena Vista. Fallbrook’s playoff loss last year was to Rancho Buena Vista, whose ensuing three playoff victories gave the Longhorns the CIF championship.

“We’re going to have to surprise some people,” Lenaway said. “It’s going to be a tough season once league starts.”

Seven members of the 2022 varsity are not with this year’s team. “We really have only two girls out here that were full-time varsity players last year,” Lenaway said.

The rest of the team consists of new players, 2022 junior varsity players and those who split time between varsity and junior competition last year. “They’re holding their own. They’re learning,” Lenaway said.

This year, the program has 25 girls altogether. “I’ve got 11 girls that are playing at least some varsity,” Lenaway said.

Last year, current senior Angie Palmerin reached the third round of the CIF individual tournament. Palmerin is Fallbrook’s #1 singles player.

Olivia Searle, who is now a junior, is Fallbrook’s #2 singles player. “She went from doubles to singles,” Lenaway said.

The #3 singles position is currently being filled by either junior Kady Manion or freshman Emily Carroll.

Lenaway has not finalized his specific doubles teams. “I’m moving the kids around,” he said.

Manion or Carroll will play doubles if the other is playing singles. Jenny Cardenas, Gabriela Carlos, Natalie Guadalupe, Jordan O’Farrell, Rose Rannells, Ashlyn Trujillo and Berenice Yanez are the other doubles players.

Because Orange Glen, who traveled to Fallbrook for the Warriors’ Aug. 23 season opener, does not have a junior varsity squad, Lenaway utilized the opportunity to give some of his junior varsity players sets against varsity opposition. Fallbrook won that 17-1 match.

“They’re super, super young and inexperienced,” Lenaway said of the Patriots. “It’s going to take some time to build up.”

Palmerin did not play against Orange Glen. Carroll and Searle each won all three of their singles sets. Manion won two singles sets. Guadalupe and Carlos won three doubles sets. O’Farrell and Rannells also won all three of their doubles sets. Cardenas won three doubles sets with different partners: Trujillo, Yanez and Megan Searle.

Fallbrook’s only loss in August was by an 11-7 score Aug. 24 at El Camino. The Warriors won six of the nine singles sets and only one of the nine doubles sets. “That’s just a depth issue. We held our own in singles and we got beat up in doubles,” Lenaway said.

Sophie Hindauoi defeated both Carroll and Olivia Searle. Palmerin prevailed against Hindauoi in Palmerin’s only set of the match. “My number one singles player only played one set that day. I don’t know how much that would have changed things,” Lenaway said.

Since all three Fallbrook players defeated the Wildcats’ #3 singles player, Palmerin’s presence could have changed the point outcome in only one other match in which case the Wildcats would have obtained a 10-8 victory.

An Aug. 29 match at Vista High School ended as an 11-7 Warriors’ triumph. “Vista’s really improving. They’re getting better every year,” Lenaway said. “They were a decent team.”

Fallbrook won seven singles sets, including three apiece by Palmerin and Searle, and four doubles sets.

Valley Center remains in the Valley League, so the Jaguars’ Aug. 31 match at Fallbrook was a non-league competition. Fallbrook won that 12-6 match.

“They’re a good team. We had some really good sets,” Lenaway said. “We had tiebreakers every round.”

If a set is tied at six games apiece, a tiebreaker to seven points with a margin of at least two points determines the winner of that set. Four of the Aug. 31 sets were decided on a tie-breaking game with each team winning two of those. “We were able to finish up a lot of the tiebreakers,” Lenaway said.

In one of the 7-6 sets, Maddie Davis and Sophia Merrick won an 8-6 tiebreaker against Guadalupe and Trujillo. Guadalupe and Carlos won a 7-5 tiebreaker as well as a 6-2 set. Izabella Rodstrom, who accounted for two of the Jaguars’ three singles points, won a 7-2 tiebreaker over Searle. Manion defeated Sandra Lai in a 7-5 tiebreaking game. Palmerin won a 6-2 set against Rodstrom while winning 6-0 sets against her other two opponents. Searle’s two wins had 6-0 and 6-1 scores. Cardenas and Carroll had 6-4 and 6-0 victories. O’Farrell and Rannells won 6-2 and 6-1 sets.

 

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