This was our first home game on the brand-new Laguna Blanca High School tennis facility. In fact, we hadn’t even practiced on it yet, so you can’t even really say we had home-court advantage today.
After losing to Malibu 15-3 last year (one of only two teams that beat us last season), we came agonizingly close to the win today, falling 9-9 with a game score of 69-74. I was, however, very impressed with the way we came out and competed. Still short-handed a few key starters and after losing to San Marcos High 14-4 on Thursday, we rose to the occasion and put on a good show for those in attendance.
Ben Furukawa and Phillip Hicks both notched wins over the Malibu #1 (who had beaten them both last season) on their way to singles sweeps. In doubles, #1 team Henry Farrell/Martin Barnick won two-of-three despite never having played together before.
Atty Roddick and Dalton Smith came up with a solid 6-0 win in the third round of play as well, putting us momentarily up 9-8. Conrad Perry and Connor Elmore played three consistent sets, but fell 3-6 in the final round, setting up the 9-9 tie and the ensuing game-counting. In the end we came up short by a score of 69-74.
We play next at home on Wednesday against Besant Hill in our first Condor League match of the season, before heading to Redlands for showdown with D4 rival Redlands High. After that match we’ll be continuing on to Indian Wells to watch the top pros play in the BNP Paribas Open during the weekend. It’s a good time to be an Owl!
– Trevor Thorpe