The Lompoc High girls tennis team got a boost from its No. 1 and No. 3 players in the 11-7 home victory over Templeton on Tuesday evening.
Anahi Reatiga, the Braves’ No. 1 ace, and Cheri Battle, the No. 3 option, won all of their sets against the Eagles in singles competition. Reatiga won her contests by scores of 6-2, 6-1 and 6-3 while Battle dominated in hers – defeating her games with scores of 6-1, 6-0 and 6-0.
Lompoc head coach Margie Ledgerwood said she was most impressed with the performance of Battle, who said she provided balance for the Braves’ singles contingent.
“I thought our No. 3 was a wall out there,” Ledgerwood said. “Opponents have a hard time playing her because you have to hit so many balls against her – so you have to play a strong mental game against her.
“She’s been consistent the whole time. We’re trying to stretch her game a little bit and get more power behind her shots. But she’s been a real big part of our victories at the No. 3 spot. It’s really good to have her out there.”
The Braves’ No. 2 singles player Dawani Layog took two of three matches, winning her last two contests by scores of 6-0 and 6-3.
“There was a good balance in our singles,” Ledgerwood said.
While the singles had stellar play, Templeton came out strong on the doubles front at the Dave Bickmore Courts. The Braves (6-6, 5-5 in the Los Padres League) No. 1 doubles team of Leanne Alcantara and Jessie Elenes had their struggles against the Eagles, losing two of three matches by scores of 3-6, 4-6 before winning their last set 6-3.
The No. 2 team of Trinity Stallworth and Nalani Terrones had a similar outing – losing two of their three contests with scores of 0-6, 6-3 and 1-6. The No. 3 team of Karla Aragon and Jacelia Lopez won their first set 6-4 before dropping the next two contests by scores of 2-6 and 1-6.
Ledgerwood, however, wasn’t surprised by the effort of Templeton – despite the fact the Eagles entered LHS with just one league win this season.
“They’re always a challenge,” Ledgerwood said. “They do have different players who give us a challenge. The competition was pretty close. They’re a great group of kids to play against.”
The Braves will return home against Santa Maria for a 3:30 p.m. contest on Thursday.
Cabrillo 11, Morro Bay 7
The singles team, led by Sierra Hohimer and Clancy Turner, collected five set wins on the road for Cabrillo on Tuesday, as the Conquistadores improved to 9-1 in the Los Padres League.
The doubles team of Karly Atkin and Paris Wynne won all three of their sets. Karly Kovach and Alyssa Murray, who were honored by head coach David Riley at Monday's Northern Santa Barbara County Round Table, swept their sets.
Cabrillo returns home to take on Santa Ynez on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.