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2017

6-7-17:  Another fun & exciting "Gatorade Classic" is in the books.  The finals came down to two seasoned teams, but in the end it was the junior team of Allie & Ryan who beat seniors, Amanda & Alex in the Finals. Fun, laughter, and great tennis was had today.
5-17-17:  This week was the CIF San Diego Section Individual Singles & Doubles Championship held at the Barnes Tennis Center in Point Loma.  This year we had 4 representatives from Serra High School qualify for CIF via the Eastern League Finals tournament:  Keaton & Nathan in singles and the team of Alex and Ryan in doubles.  Keaton and Nathan played matches in the first round and battled hard but came up short.  Due to an ill player from another school having to pull out of the tournament, Erik got the opportunity to enter CIF as an alternate. Erik faced a talented player from San Marcos but lost.  Kudos to our singles players this year!!   In doubles, Alex and Ryan played a team from Christian High School in the first round and won 6-0, 6-0.  In the second round they faced a team from Chula Vista High School and won 6-0, 6-1.  In the third round, Alex and Ryan faced an extremely talented team from Del Norte who happened to be the #3 seed of the entire tournament and lost 0-6, 0-6.  Very proud of you both for reaching the third round of this prestigious tournament. Thank you to the entire Conquistador squad for a successful season of tennis. (Webmaster Update:  The doubles team that Alex & Ryan lost to in the third round, from Del Norte, ended up winning the 2017 CIF Doubles Title. Congratulations to Stratton & Trhac of Del Norte ~ tough draw for our QDawgs, but know that you lost to the eventual champs!)
5-2-17  Today was the first round of Team CIF.  The boys faced a tough opponent, Helix High School, and ended their season with a loss of 5-13.  Coach Dabney appreciates the boys' effort this entire season and has seen a lot of growth from her players. Thank you to the Earl & Weishan families for team snacks :) 
                                                                                                                     
4-18-17:  Our Conquistadors played their final match of the regular season against University City.  When you have a small team, every single person is valuable, especially to secure a win.  Sadly, one of our players was ill and couldn't attend the match, so we arranged our line-up the best we could and took on Uni City with gusto!  It was still a close one, but we lost, 8-10.  

 

Singles for Serra:

#1 - Jed (subbed out with Jaden in the third round)

#2 - Nathan

#3 - Ehson

 

For University City:

#1 - Adams

#2 - Gonzalez

#3 - Openshaw

 

Jed had high hopes as he headed out to Court 1 to face Adams!  He hit every ball with a smile, hoping for that one opening where he could get a game!  With a great attitude, Jed's scores were: 0-6, 1-6.  Thanks, Jed!  Our next most happy player (Jaden) got to meet Adams in the third round, where he also smiled throughout the 10-minute match, losing 0-6.  Awesome job stepping up for your team, Jaden!

 

Nathan's goal was to win all three sets, but Adams was too tough today!  Nathan was able to get two out of three, 6-2, 1-6, 6-0.  Good playing, Nathan!

 

Ehson did outstanding today, doing his very best to utilize strategies he learned at practice.  As soon as he figured out the right one in his first set, Openshaw was able to close it out, 2-6.  Ehson's other scores: 0-6, 0-6.  Good work out there, Ehson!

 

Doubles for Serra:

#1 - Alex/Ryan

#2 - Erik/Sean

#3 - Dylan/Chris

 

For University City:

#1 - Hendricks/Sridoum

#2 - Bruce/Kinsofer (subbed out with Vandaelen in the second round)

#3 - Gallegos/Tan (both subbed out with Carmichael/Pazia in the third round)

 

The moment we got the line-up for doubles from UC, we knew we were in trouble.  The coach had put in one of his best players, Alex Sridoum, in doubles!  Alex/Ryan had their work cut out for them, but they did a great job of holding their own in all 3 matches!  The other doubles teams were easy wins.  Their scores were: 7-5, 6-0, 6-1.  Good job today, guys!

 

Erik/Sean also had to work for every game, as well as fight against two French speaking players who were talking during points, speaking in French, and pounding the ball back when they would call it out.  Erik confidently stopped his match and called the coaches over to solve the issues, which they were right away. 

Their first set against the #2s went extremely long due to all the deuce points and the tie-break, but they had the endurance to see it through to the end!  Their scores today: 7-6 (12-10!), 2-6, 6-1.  Great teamwork you two!

 

Dylan/Chris did their own thing out there, trying to get games and win at least one set.  They were able to do just that!  Their scores were: 2-6, 6-4, 1-6.  It was nice to see you guys end your season looking happy out there.

 

We now wait to see the outcome of the rest of our league teams to see where we placed this season.  With this loss, we will not get the championship, but we will be preparing for Team CIF, starting May 1.  More information to come regarding who/where we will play.

 

Thanks to the Lugardo family for team snacks!   :D



4-13-17:  Today we honored our seniors at our last home match of the season (sniff, sniff).  Captain Alex and Chris enjoyed being recognized and playing hard against Patrick Henry!  We'll miss you guys!


 

This match began like any other.  The team was pumped up, the line-up was set, and all things were lined up for us to win!  The weather conditions made it difficult to guide the ball because the wind picked up.  After the first round, we were winning, 4-2!  The second round was tougher, as we lost that one 2-4.  The third round was crucial!  There was hope when Patrick Henry put in a sub in singles, giving us an easy 6-0, but that round gave both teams 3.  We were tied!  After all was said and done, we ended up losing on games 69-78.  This was a devastating loss because it may have cost us the League championship.  With only 1 match left for us to play, we wait to see how the rest of the teams fare against one another.  There is still hope for us to end in a 3-way tie for first place, depending on the outcome of the other League matches. Fingers crossed!!


 

Singles for Serra:


#1 - Keaton


#2 - Nathan


#3 - Erik


 


For Henry:


#1 - Berger


#2 - Foster


#3 - Thai (subbed out with Rosen in the third round)


 

Keaton came out on the courts with high motivation and determination, and had a good day!  Although he was not able to take down Joel Foster, he contributed to our tie with 6-2, 3-6, 6-0. Good job keeping your composure, Keaton!


 

Nathan was able to sweep all three!  His first set against Joel lasted a very long time as we used regular scoring, which increased our time overall, but he had great matches.  Nathan's scores: 7-5,6-1, 6-1. 


 

Erik had a new strategy on how to defeat Joel's lob game, and it was working very well for the first couple of games, but Joel called for a line judge, and kept lobbing, causing Erik to lose, 2-6.  His other matches were super close, going into tie-breaks both times!  HIs scores: 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-1).  Great job, Erik!


 

Doubles for Serra:


#1 – Alex/Ryan


#2 - Dylan/Chris


#3 - Sean/Ehson


 

For Henry:


#1 - Lefler/Nguyen


#2 - Nester/Tarke


#3 - Phang/Kysefo


 

Henry made a few changes with their doubles teams, with players we had not seen before so we weren't sure whether they were stronger or weaker teams.  We went on the courts with our very best game plan, but it turned out that their teams were better than the last time we played them.


 

Alex/Ryan had an easy first round, defeating them, 6-0.  With confidence high, they faced the TRUE #1 team and really struggled against their strategy of playing two back at the baseline, and incredible volleys that were accurate.  We felt blindsided by this team and it seemed impossible to come back from a 1-5 deficit.  Alex/Ryan fought as hard as they could but lost 1-6.  Their confidence faded a little, but they were able to pull off a nice 6-3 win against #3 team. 

 


The pressure was on for the rest of our team to step it up and get games! 


 

Dylan/Chris tried all they could against these strong teams and they were able to get games for us.  Their scores: 2-6, 2-6, 0-6.  Good effort, guys!


 

Sean/Ehson also did their very best and were able to get games as well.  Their scores: 1-6, 0-6, 1-6. Good job!


Next, we face University City at University City on Tuesday, April 18 at 3:30.  Thank you to the Labadie family for team snacks!  :D


 

On Wednesday, April 19th, we will take team pictures at Serra at 2:00. There will be NO PRACTICE afterward.



4-11-2017:  Today's match against Clairemont High School proved to be an easy win again!  Serra crushed them with a score of 15-3!  Our match was pretty uneventful, except for a few highlights.


Singles for Serra:


#1 - Keaton


#2 - Nathan


#3 - Erik


For Clairemont:


#1 - Cunningham


#2 - A. Nguyen


#3 – C. Nguyen (Subbed out with Richard Hascai in the third round)


Keaton swept all three: 7-5, 6-0, 6-0!


Nathan swept all three: 6-0, 6-2, 6-0!


Erik swept all three: 6-0, 6-1, 6-0!


Nice work, singles players!! We're proud of your excellent work!


Doubles for Serra:


#1 – Alex/Ryan


#2 - Dylan/Chris


#3 - Jaden/Ehson (Jaden was subbed out in the third round with Jed)


Alex/Ryan swept all three: 6-0, 6-1, 6-0!


Dylan/Chris swept all three: 7-6 (10-8) "whew!", 7-5 "whew!", 6-1


Jaden/Ehson lost both sets: 2-6, 1-6.  Jed stepped in and they lost against to the #1 team: 2-6


Our doubles teams are really improving, as they continue to listen to their coach...so as the season comes to a close, only improvement is being demonstrated!  Great work today, guys!!  Thanks to Nathan Tran’s family for team snacks!  :D


Next up:  We meet Patrick Henry at OUR house on Thursday at 3:30pm.  This is an important match to play, so we would really appreciate everyone's attendance to cheer us on!  It is our "Senior Day" where we honor our seniors and we all wear our brown and gold to support Serra!


  


4/6/17:  We couldn't be more proud of our Conquistadors for pulling off a HUGE win against Mira Mesa today!  Each match was a battle of the mind and strategy, making the score very close!  Serra won 9-9, 73-72 in games!  


After the first round of play, we were ahead, 4-2.  In the second round, we were still leading, 7-5.  It was the third round where things heated up and the pressure was on to get every game possible. 


Singles for Serra:


#1 - Keaton


#2 - Nathan


#3 - Erik

 


For the Mauraders:


#1 - Mellacheruvu


#2 - Ngo


#3 - Cao (subbed out in the third round with Posadas)


We weren't sure why Mira Mesa felt the need to change their original line-up and then rotate us down, but we took on the challenge like it meant nothing and played our game.  Keaton had a fantastic day clinching all three sets, 6-2, 6-1, 6-3.  He expressed that he was a little disappointed in himself by giving up a game here and there when he felt he could've taken them all down, 6-0.  Thankfully it all worked out in our favor. Thanks for your effort, Keaton!


Nathan looked completely relaxed and confident especially after defeating Ngo 6-1, and Cao 6-0.  It was his third round against Mellacheruvu that caused our team much anxiety!  We were counting the number of games we had won, hoping Nathan would beat this guy outright, but wouldn't you know...he ended up in a tie-break!  Every game became very important and this was a nail biter, with the score going back and forth.  He finally lost 6-7 (5-7)! Great job out there today, Nathan!


The last time we played Mira Mesa, Erik had just begun to play singles and he lost all three sets.  Today was different!  He had a new mental attitude and a better game plan that really paid off.  Even though he won only one of his sets, he was never shut out.  His scores were 6-3, 4-6, 1-6.  Keep it up, Erik!  You may need to play them again in League Finals and you'll have a better advantage knowing how they each play.  Good work today!


Doubles for Serra:


#1 - Alex/Ryan


#2 - Dylan/Chris


#3 - Sean/Ehson


For Mira Mesa:


#1 - V. Tran/Yandapalli


#2 - Nemmani/Nguyen


#3 - Chavez/Nemmania


Alex/Ryan went out on the courts with a positive attitude and a game plan that would surely work in demolishing all three teams and boy were they on fire!  Having to change their strategy just a bit against Tran/Yandipalli (due to all the lobs and crazy line calls) they figured out the perfect way to defeat them.   Setting up each point for the net person to put away the winning shot, worked beautifully.  After taking them down 7-5, Alex/Ryan went on to defeat the others, 6-1, 6-1.  Way to be strong you guys! 


Dylan/Chris worked as hard as they could to get as many games as possible in case our match ended in a tie, and they did exactly what they needed to do.  They stuck to the plan and worked together.  They lost all three sets 3-6, 2-6, 1-6.  Good job today!


Sean/Ehson wanted to win so bad!  They put their hearts on the line and kept their game very slow to confuse the opponent.  Impatience is our guys' weakness, so when that happens, they try to smash the ball hard, causing it to either go out or into the net.  We will work on that in the days to come.  They lost all three sets 0-6, 1-6, 0-6.  Thanks for giving us your all today!


Jed/Jaden didn't get an opportunity to play in the main match, but were able to get some experience by playing a couple of JV players from Mira Mesa on the extra courts.  They always come off the court with smiles on their faces...that says a lot! 


This match was crucial for us to possibly become Eastern League Champions, and we did it!  We are now tied for first place with Mira Mesa, having lost only to each other.  We now have to beat Patrick Henry and University City again to remain in first!    


After the match, we took our annual trip to In 'N' Out Burger for a celebratory dinner!  It's always a fun time.  Thank you to Dylan Cooper’s family for team snacks today 😃


 

4/4/17:  Our Conquistadors showed themselves strong by defeating Madison for the second time this season, 13-5!  It appeared that Madison had made a change in their line-up from the first time we played them, but it wasn't enough to bring us down, and it didn't seem to bring about the results they were hoping for.


Coming back to school after spring break can always be rough if the boys had been traveling, staying up late, and sleeping in.  Our team looked very tired, dragging their feet, trying everything they could to stay on top of their game.


Singles for Serra:


#1 - Keaton


#2 - Nathan


#3 - Erik


 


For Madison:


#1 - Mauricio Palafox


#2 - Isaiah McDaniels


#3 - Salvador Bravo


Doing our best to prepare for a future match against Mira Mesa, these singles players were no challenge for us...entertaining...but not challenging.


Keaton's scores: 6-0, 6-1, 6-0


Nathan's scores: 6-0, 6-0, 6-1


Erik's scores: 6-3, 6-1, 6-1


Nice work out there, guys!


The change in doubles (putting their true #1 & #2 singles' players together) proved to be a good combination for Madison's #1 team.  They had the finesse, strategy, and power to overtake all three of our teams.  Coming to the net often, having big serves, and working our guys out pretty well is what gave them the edge.  The question is....will this #1 team continue to play doubles for our league tournament?  We'll see.


Doubles for Serra:


#1 - Alex/Ryan


#2 - Dylan/Chris


#3 - Sean/Ehson (subbed out in the third round by Jed/Jaden)


 


For Madison:


#1 - Ekong/Gonzalez


#2 - Gonzales/Utreras


#3 - Darensbourg/Rojas


Ryan/Alex did all they could to fight off Ekong/Gonzalez, but couldn't quite find their rhythm and lost to them, 4-6.  This tough team definitely helped prepare our guys for Mira Mesa, though!  Alex and Ryan then moved on and defeated the other two Madison teams handedly, 6-2, 6-0.  Way to work through the emotional aspect of your game, guys!


Dylan/Chris had a good day on the courts beating two of the teams, 6-4, 6-4!  They lost to Ekong/Gonzalez 3-6.  Not bad!


Sean/Ehson were able to get games off of Darensbourg/Rojas, 4-6, but then had a tough lost against Ekong/Gonzalez 0-6. 


Jed/Jaden showed improvement in their game by taking on #2, Gonzales/Utreras!  Fighting for every point, no matter how quirky it was, they lost 2-6.  They really earned those 2 games, though!  Nice job, guys.

Next, we face Mira Mesa at their house on Thursday at 3:30.  We hope you can find some time to come out and cheer us on! If we win, we will be tied for first place! Let's take them down, Serra!!  Thank you to the Maine family for team snacks 😊


3/16/17:  With a brand-new strategy, our Conquistadors pulled off a solid win against University City, 10-8!  This is what Serra tennis is all about ~ working together as a team to make things happen! 


It's an awesome match when every player gets to go out there and shine, so a great big THANK YOU goes out to Jed, Sean, Jaden, and Ehson for stepping out of their comfort zone and taking one for the team!!


Singles for Serra:


#1 Jed (subbed out with Ehson in the third round)


#2 Sean (subbed out with Jaden in the third round)


#3 Keaton 


 

For Uni City:


#1 Clay Adams (subbed out with William Paria in the third round)


#2 Alex Sridoum (their TRUE #1)


#3 Eduardo Gonzalez (subbed out with Charlie Openshaw in the third round)

The moment when Captain Alex announced our #1 and #2 players during introductions, spectators believed it was a mistake!  But no mistake here...these guys volunteered to play singles so we could strengthen up our doubles teams for the win.  What an experience they got!   When it was all said and done, they were happy they had played, especially with winning at least a game on some of the opponents.  The opposing players were very gracious and played with dignity by not killing every shot against us.  Thank you for that, UC!


Jed's scores: 0-6, 1-6


Ehson's score: 1-6


Sean's scores: 1-6, 2-6


Jaden's score: 0-6


Keaton had a fantastic day on the courts!  We placed him in the #3 spot, so he could get the easy win against Gonzalez, which he did, 6-1.  This gave him the opportunity to keep an eye on the other two singles players to see how they played.  In the second round, he took down Adams in a competitive match, 6-4.  By the time he got to play Sridoum, he was just a little tired, and had a tough time dealing with the power shots.  He hung in there really well, but lost, 2-6.  Next time, we'll rearrange Keaton's position which may help in battling it out with this good player.  Thanks for your sacrifice and dedication, Keaton!


In doubles, our changes made all the difference in our win, thanks to the strategy created by Captain Nathan.  Everyone was willing to contribute their talents to get the job done, which they did very well.  Great effort guys!!


Doubles for Serra:


#1 Alex/Ryan


#2 Dylan/Nathan


#3 Erik/Chris


 

For Uni City:


#1 Hendricks/Kinsofer (subbed out with Charmichael/Mitchell in the third round)


#2 Gallegos/Pretrizage (subbed out with Vandorlan in the third round)


#3 Bruce/Tan (subbed out with Deleon/Bedrazi in the third round)


 


Alex/Ryan swept all three easily, 6-0, 6-0, 6-0! 


Dylan/Nathan also swept, 6-1, 6-3, 6-0!


Erik/Chris were on a roll by winning 6-3, 6-3, but struggled against Gallegos/Vandorlan and lost, 4-6.


Every match was so entertaining and you guys made us all proud!  This gives us only 1 loss in the league.  Our eyes are on the match between Patrick Henry vs. Mira Mesa to see if we have a 3-way tie for first place, or if Mira Mesa takes the entire first round undefeated.  Thanks to Ryan Tran and family for team snacks 😊 Our next match is not until Tuesday, April 4!  This is due to Mission Bay not fielding a team this season, giving us several "BYES".  We will be at home against Madison at 3:30.  Hope to see you all there!


3/15/17  We haven't been keeping up with our match re-caps this season, so let's catch up!

 

We started off against San Diego High School, our only non-league match of the year.  They were a tough group of experienced guys, who ended up beating us, 12-6.  Our singles players were Keaton, Nathan, and Ryan, who played hard, but couldn't get past the Cavers' #1 and #2 guys - McCormack and Sandoval.  Our doubles teams really struggled, pulling off only 3 sets, two of which were won by our #1 team of Alex/Erik, 6-0, 6-0, before being subbed out and replaced with the new duo of Jed and Jaden.  It was a good eye-opening experience to see where we needed work and improvement.

 

Our first Eastern League match against Madison proved to be a pretty easy one to win.  We took them down, 14-4! Thanks to the Earl family for team snacks 😊

 

Our first home match of the season was against Mira Mesa.  We heard they might be tough, and they were.  However, with endurance and perseverance, we came really close, but they ended up winning, 10-8.  We will get them next time! In singles, Keaton beat all three easily.  Nathan lost to their #2, Mellacheruvu, 4-6.  Erik decided to play singles for Serra and he gained lots of experience.  He lost all three sets, but he is definitely ready to get revenge the next time. In doubles, Alex/Ryan played together, and were the only team to win all three sets, 7-5, 7-5, 6-2! Thanks to the Lu family for team snacks 😊

 

The next match was an away match at Clairemont.  We played really strong against them, defeating them easily, 15-3. Thanks to the Weishan family for team snacks 😊

 

Yesterday's away match at Patrick Henry, proved to be our most exciting match so far!  We went into it with the attitude of playing with passion.  That's exactly what it took to beat the Patriots, 10-8!

 

Singles for Serra:

#1 Keaton

#2 Nathan

#3 Erik

 

For Henry:

#1 Foster

#2 Berger

#3 Thai

 

Keaton pushed through all three sets, despite being tired in the third, and came out ahead 6-1, 6-0, 6-2!  Way to keep you head in the game, Keaton! Nathan also had an amazing day on the courts by first losing to Foster, 1-6, but then defeating Berger and Thai, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, giving us that tenth win for the match!  Awesome job, Nathan! Erik had a good day, figuring out how to fight back against the lobs that kept him from playing his net game.  He beat Thai and Berger, 6-1, 6-2, but lost to Foster 0-6. Good work, Erik!

 

Doubles for Serra:

#1 Alex/Ryan

#2 Dylan/Chris

#3 Sean/Ehson

 

For Henry:

#1 Lefler/Nguyen

#2 Roseu/Tauke

#3 Amirakayou/Pham

 

Alex/Ryan had fun out there, as they did what they were supposed to do by beating all three, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1.  This doubles team is the one to watch this season, as they are undefeated so far!  Great team work, guys!  Our #2 and #3 doubles sadly lost all of their sets.  These losses will help us focus more on our mistakes once we get out to practice this week.  The experience was still a positive one!  Thanks to the Hieb family for team snacks 😊

 

Next, we have University City at home, tomorrow, March 16th at 3:30pm.  Please come out and support us!

2016

6/1/16:  The annual tradition, the Gatorade Classic, didn't disappoint in 2016. We had 8 teams show their tennis spirit that provided plenty of smiles, giggles, & Serra Tennis unity.  We had doubles teams coordinate uniforms such as Team Rafa, Team Tie-Dye & Team Berkeley. In the end, it was the team of Colton Rij & Mandy Reno who beat the junior team of Ignacio Poole-Lefler & Alex Weishan.  Thanks to all 16 players who participated in the tournament.

 

5/18/16:  Today, the team of Gupta/Pineda from Westview H.S. & the #4 overall seed of the doubles tournament, were just too strong as Colton & Alex lost, 6-1, 6-2.  There were quality points throughout the match, but our hats go off to the Westview team.  Thank you to Dr. Mays for coming out to the Barnes Tennis Center to cheer on the boys.  Thank you Colton & Alex for representing the Conquistadors with your wonderful sportsmanship & heart.  Next up, the Gatorade Classic!!

 

5/17/16:  On the first day of competition at the 2016 San Diego CIF Tennis Championships, Colton & Alex won their first and second round matches with scores of 6-0, 6-0 in both matches. Excellent wins to you both! The boys will come back tomorrow to face the # 4 seed from Westview High School.

 

5/12/16: Colton & Alex squared off against the #5 seed of Norris/Thomas & won 3rd place in the Eastern League Finals tournament. Awesome job you two.

 

5/11/16: Such an exciting day of competition as the #2 seed of the tournament, the doubles team of Alex & Colton, beat their opponent from Patrick Henry H.S. (#7 seed) 6-1, 6-0 & are on their way to represent Serra at the prestigious CIF tournament at the Barnes Center next Tuesday.  Cole/Kade withdrew from the tournament due to an illness.  Alex/Colton went on to face the #3 seed from San Diego HS in the semi-finals, but lost in a close battle that went 3 sets, 6-4, 4-6, 4-10. Tomorrow, Colton & Alex will face another Patrick Henry team (#5 seed) to play out the tournament for 3rd/4th place.

 

5/10/16:  The first day of League Finals were held at Peninsula Tennis Club this afternoon.  The boys went out fighting for each & every point as they faced previous opponents from the Eastern League.  Shane & Dylan lost in the 1st round in singles & Nathan/Ryan were beat in the 1st round in doubles. Great season, gentlemen.  Those players who made it to the 2nd round in singles were Bryan, Ignacio, Chris "Hat", & Keaton. After losses in the 2nd round, their season comes to a close. Good job guys.  Tomorrow, the doubles teams of Alex/Colton & Cole/Kade will go on to play in the 3rd round in an attempt to qualify to represent Serra at CIF which is scheduled to begin next week.

 

5/3/16:  Our Conquistadors had the privilege of meeting up with Scripps Ranch High School in the first round of Division 1 in CIF.  Knowing it would be a tough match, we put our nose to the grindstone and gave it our best shot.  With Scripps having so many USTA-ranked players on their team, we had quite a time trying to get games off them!  We lost, 15-3.

 

Singles for Scripps Ranch:

#1 - Ghassemi (no sub in the third round)

#2 - Ganti (subbed out with Remish in the third round)

#3 - Nguyen

 

For Serra:

#1 - Kade

#2 - Cole

#3 - Keaton (subbed out with Ignacio in the third round)

 

Kade's scores: 0-6, 0-6, 7-6 (8-7)

Cole's scores: 1-6, 1-6, 1-6

Keaton's scores: 1-6, 0-6

Ignacio's score: 6-0 by default.

 

When Coach Miller made his substitutions in the second and third rounds, the match became very confusing because he didn't keep track of who he was subbing in where.  In the end, he forgot to sub in for singles, which is why Ignacio received the default.  However, just so Ignacio could have a match, the coach and I agreed to allow one of his doubles players play him.  Ignacio got 3 games off him!

All of our singles were so brave to go out there and fight, making us proud.  Cole never got shut-out, Keaton played some of his best tennis this season, and Kade hung in there with his long set against the subbed-in Remish, defeating him in a tie-break.  Great job guys!

 

Doubles for Scripps:

#1 - Vu/Hampshire

#2 - Fazelpour/Stashower (subbed out in the third round by Nguyen/Gao)

#3 - Nguyen/Miller (subbed out in the second round by Vu/Rafferty)

 

For Serra:

#1 - Colton/Alex

#2 - Nathan/Ryan

#3 - Bryan/Kalvin

 

AP testing interrupted the beginning of our match and we waited as long as we could for Bryan/Kalvin to arrive, but CIF rules state that we could not start after 4:00pm.  We forfeited Bryan/Kalvin's first round match since they didn't get there until 4:20.

 

Colton/Alex had a great first match against the #1's, Vu/Hamphsire coming back from a 1-4 deficit!!  Their enthusiasm and positive energy got them through this one, but ended up losing 5-7.  The points were amazing to watch and they did a good job fighting it out!  The rest of our doubles teams were never shut-out, getting games all the way through.  It helped that Scripps Ranch subbed in players, but they too were very good.

 

Scores for Colton/Alex: 5-7, 4-6, 6-2

Scores for Nathan/Ryan: 1-6, 4-6, 2-6

Scores for Bryan/Kalvin: 0-6 (forfeit), 1-6, 3-6

 

As this recap is being written, Scripps Ranch is in the finals of CIF against Eastlake.  Scripps defeated Point Loma 10-8, which tells us what we were up against with this team!  All in all, the players and coach were extremely polite and respectful making this sting a little less.

 

Next week, many of our players will be playing for a chance to qualify for Individual CIF at our Eastern League Finals held at Peninsula Tennis Club starting on Tuesday, 5/10.  Good luck to Alex, Colton, Kade, Cole, Keaton, Ignacio, Nathan, Ryan, Bryan, Chris, Shane, and Dylan!

 

Thanks to Ethan's family for team snacks : )

 

4/26/16:  What a way to end our season with Senior Day and a 15-3 win against the Morse Tigers!  It's our tradition that the seniors get to choose which position they'd like to play, and all of them decided to remain in their original spots, making it easy to create a winning line-up.

 

Congratulations to all of our seniors for a job well done all four years (3 years for Bryan and Kalvin).  Next year you will be TERRIBLY missed!  Your tennis family wishes you well in your future endeavors and invite you back to visit!

 

We will also be saying good-bye to a couple of other players...our foreign exchange student, Ignacio Poole-Lefler, who will be returning to Spain in June.  It's been a pleasure having him on our team and hope to cross paths with you again some day.  Keep playing tennis so you can be as good as Rafa Nadal!  Chris Armes "Hat" will be moving with his family to Kentucky.  He has demanded that they move to a school that has tennis so he can continue his improvements!  Good luck to you, Hat!  We thank you both for your contributions to our team.

 

Singles for Morse:

#1 - Pelayo

#2 - Garcia

#3 - Torres

 

Singles for Serra:

#1 - Bryan (subbed out with Kalvin in the second round)

#2 - Keaton

#3 - Ignacio

 

We almost swept in singles! There were a couple of tough battles out there, but we pulled off 8 out of the 9 points.  Great job to all of our guys today!

 

Bryan's score: 1-6

Kalvin's scores: 6-2, 6-0 (by default)

Keaton's scores: 6-1, 6-4, 6-4

Ignacio's scores: 6-2, 6-1, 6-0 ("of course!" he said...)

 

Doubles did what they were expected to do as well today.  Having fun was the goal, and winning was the icing on the cake!  We took 7 out of the 9 points possible here.  Awesome job, guys!

 

Doubles for Morse:

#1 - Rames/Tayaba

#2 - Chua/J. Geronilla

#3 - Domingo/C. Geronilla

 

For Serra:

#1 - Colton/Alex (subbed out with Ethan/Dylan in the third round)

#2 - Cole/Kade

#3 - Nathan/Ryan (subbed out with Chris/Shane in the second round and Sean/Ehson in the third round)

 

Scores for Colton/Alex: 6-0, 6-0

Scores for Ethan/Dylan: 6-2

Scores for Cole/Kade: 6-0, 6-0, 6-0

Scores for Nathan/Ryan: 6-0

Scores for Chris/Shane: 0-6

Scores for Sean/Ehson: 2-6

 

Next up: Team CIF starting on Tuesday, 5/3.  Place to be determined - look for emails on this.

The following week: League Finals at Peninsula, exact dates to be determined.

Those who qualify for Individual CIF will play the next week (5/16-20) at The Barnes Center.

 

Thanks to Shane's family for team snacks : )

 

4/21/16:  Going into this match, we knew it would be tough playing against Patrick Henry with their good singles players. One of their top players was not present at our first round match, but he was there today, making it difficult for our guys to beat them.  We ended up losing, 7-11.

 

Singles for Henry:

#1 - Norris

#2 - Thomas

#3 - Foster

 

For Serra:

#1 - Kalvin

#2 - Keaton (subbed out with Bryan in the third round)

#3 - Ignacio

 

Kalvin's scores: 2-6, 1-6, 2-6

Keaton's scores: 1-6, 1-6

Bryan's score: 0-6

Ignacio's scores:  2-6, 0-6, 3-6

 

Doubles had a really fun day, but had to work hard for several points.  This is where our 7 total points for the match came from today.  

 

Doubles for Henry:

#1 - Nguyen/Lefler (their true #3)

#2 - Bowers/Rahm (their true #1)

#3 - Droomgoole/Berger (their true #2)

 

For Serra:

#1 - Colton/Alex

#2 - Cole/Kade

#3 - Nathan/Ryan

 

Scores for Colton/Alex: 6-0, 6-0, 6-2

Scores for Cole/Kade: 6-4, 6-3, 6-2

Scores for the Trans: 3-6, 6-7 (7-9), 6-3

 

On Tuesday, 4/26, we will be celebrating our seniors for SENIOR DAY!  This is the day where the seniors get to choose what position they would like to play to end their season.

 

Thanks to Cole's family for team snacks : )

 

4/19/16:  Today's match was a super nail-biter!  After each round, the score was tied...dead even...until the final set was played.  Our Conquistadors came out on top, 9-9 (78-73)!!

 

Singles for Mira Mesa:

#1 - Keerthipati

#2 - Balderston

#3 - Cao

 

For Serra:

#1 - Cole

#2 - Kade

#3 - Ignacio

 

Knowing the strength of the Marauders' singles players, we decided to change things up by putting in Cole and Kade to help us out on the singles side and thank goodness we did!  They were both able to get wins for us, which made Mira Mesa very nervous.  It's a completely different experience playing singles after working on doubles strategies all season, but both of them dug deep and got the job done. Ignacio continued to work his magic in singles, and kept his head together in a couple of tough matches.  Great work, guys!

 

Cole's scores: 0-6, 5-7, 6-0.

Kade's scores: 6-3, 6-0, 2-6.

Ignacio's scores: 6-3, 0-6, 3-6.

 

Doubles for Mira Mesa:

#1 - Nemmani/Nguyen

#2 - Ngo/Yandapalli

#3 - Nemmani/Vanhuang

 

For Serra:

#1 - Colton/Alex

#2 - Nathan/Ryan

#3 - Bryan/Kalvin

 

Scores for Colton/Alex: 6-3, 6-1, 6-0.

Scores for Nathan/Ryan: 6-7 (7-9), 4-6, 2-6.

Scores for Bryan/Kalvin: 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.

 

In doubles, we had some unexpected wins, along with a couple of unexpected losses.  It wasn't for the lack of playing well, however.  Mira Mesa's doubles teams know how to come from behind when they're down, giving our guys some trouble, but we were able to get the majority of doubles wins, in case the score was completely tied.  (In high school tennis, if the set score is tied, and the game score is tied, the team that wins the most doubles wins the match.)  As the match wore on, it was the goal of our doubles to get as many games as possible, and in the final round, that's exactly what everyone did!

It was quite a battle out there!  Nice job getting it done, gentlemen!

 

We are now 8-2 in league, 9-2 overall.  Next stop: Patrick Henry!

 

Thanks to Sean's family for team snacks : )

 

4/14/16: We knew the Cavers of San Diego High would be a tough match because of their singles players who were stronger than our singles since we lost Jordan and Shawn.  We made a few changes in our line-up that we thought would help, and it did!  It came down to the wire in our last match with a very close score of, 10-8!  The majority of our points came from the doubles side of the courts, as expected, but thankfully, singles did what we needed to get the team win!

 

Singles for San Diego:

#1 - Bohl (not their true #1)

#2 - Green (their true #1)

#3 - Griffin (their true #2)

 

For Serra:

#1 - Ignacio

#2 - Keaton

#3 - Kalvin (subbed out with Bryan in the third round)

 

San Diego rotated us DOWN today, which did not hurt us one bit.  In singles, Ignacio did a great job of holding his own out there against  Bohl, who is not a real tennis player with any kind of stroke or strategy and Ignacio picked up on it right away!  The only thing Bohl was good at was "dinking" the ball back with some weird ball-slapping.  He did this against all of our guys, only keeping the ball in play long enough to tire us out.  After irritating Ignacio long enough, he defeated Bohl 6-4. Good job out there, Ignacio!

 

Keaton also struggled against this non-tennis stroking player, bringing him to tears after several deuce points. Working closely with Coach Dabney, he kept his mental game positive against this strange pusher, eventually defeating him in a tie-break, 7-0!

 

Kalvin got sucked into Bohl's weirdness, by trying to hit hard shots, aiming for put-aways that weren't working, because Bohl was able to get everything back.  He lost to him 1-6.

 

The other singles players played very strong sets with REAL, HONEST tennis strokes and strategy.

 

Ignacio's scores: 6-4, 0-6, 0-6.

Keaton's scores: 0-6, 0-6, 7-6 (7-0)

Kalvin's scores: 0-6, 1-6

 

Bryan went in for Kalvin and lost to Green, 0-6.

 

In doubles, Nathan/Ryan decided they wanted to be together so they could play in League Finals, and the 3 captains & Dab agreed to let them try.  Their original doubles partners agreed, so this was their first match together, and it seemed to work out great!

 

Doubles for San Diego:

#1 - Casey/McKnight

#2 - Cade/Covington

#3 - D'Amico/Molina

 

For Serra:

#1 - Colton/Alex

#2 - Cole/Kade

#3 - Nathan/Ryan

 

Colton/Alex swept, but not without a fight!  McKnight had a different partner than the last match we played them, who was a bit of a "hot-head", so hitting the ball to him and watching him miss was quite comical!  If our boys continued to hit the ball to him, we were guaranteed a win, but with every game, McKnight got better and better at the net, poaching every single ball he could reach, making it difficult for our guys to get around.  Colton/Alex were very persistent, and attacked Casey at every opportunity, all the while double-teaming at the net, causing them to be flustered.  Great job keeping to your strategy and keeping them on their toes, guys!!

 

The Tran twins had to play them next, and it was also quite a fight! With every volley, overhead, and groundstroke, Casey/McKnight kept coming out on top!  It was frustrating and annoying to see them get any points against our twins who know the game so well!

 

Once Cole/Kade got to Casey/McKnight, we were already adding up games.  San Diego had the edge on the number of games because their TRUE #1 singles player, Green, had gotten so many 6-0's.  It was imperative that Cole/Kade win or we would lose the entire match.  We decided NOT to tell Cole/Kade this information as it would have put too much pressure on them.

 

Cole was serving at 5-3, deuce, add-in.  Then deuce.  Then add-in.  Finally, we got the win, and our team went crazy cheering for them!!  It was an epic moment!

 

Scores for Colton/Alex: 6-4, 6-1, 6-0

Scores for Cole/Kade: 6-2, 6-1, 6-3

Scores for Nathan/Ryan: 6-0, 5-7, 6-1

 

We are 7-2 in league, and 8-2 overall.  Go Conquistadors!! 

 

Thanks to Bryan's family for team snacks : )

 

4/12/16:  Going into today's match, we realized that this could possibly be the last time we will play the Pointers of Point Loma.  With the new Power Ranking System, they will most likely be moving to a more difficult league next year, which comes with a great sigh of relief to our team.  Even though they have beaten us so many times before, we truly believe that they bring out the best in our guys! Today, we lost to them, 5-13.

 

Singles for Point Loma:

#1 - Keegan Smith

#2 - Kian Meyer

#3 - Ivan Thamma

 

For Serra:

#1 - Nathan

#2 - Keaton (subbed out with Kalvin in the third round)

#3 - Ignacio

 

All of our singles players were real troopers having to put up with the likes of Smith and Thamma, but they kept their heads together and hit the ball the best they could.  Nathan went into his match against Kian with a positive  mind set, keeping Kian on his toes!  After getting angry a few times, Kian finally threw away points he could have otherwise won, but Nathan took advantage of him and beat him 7-5!  Nice job, Nathan!

 

Keaton's Scores: 1-6, 0-6

Kalvin's Score: 0-6

Ignacio's Scores: 0-6, 0-6, 1-6

 

Doubles for Point Loma:

#1 - O'Connell/Schuster

#2 - Hanc/J. Omens (subbed out with White/Wolf in the third round)

#3 - Tepper/D. Omens (subbed out with Kaminski in the third round)

 

Doubles for Serra:

#1 - Colton/Alex

#2 - Cole/Kade

#3 - Bryan/Ryan

 

As expected, the majority of our points came from the doubles side of the courts.  The only really strong team for Point Loma is their #1, O'Connell/Schuster, although Schuster is the best of the two; because of his tall stature, he's difficult to get around.

 

Colton/Alex played their best tennis yet, against O'Connell/Schuster!  There were so many "winners" we couldn't keep count!  It was definitely a game of wits and strategy, but they pulled off the win against us 4-6.  Great game, guys!  They went on to defeat the next two teams, 6-2, 6-0, easily.

 

Cole/Kade started off really strong in their match against Hanc/J. Omens!  Their confidence in their serves and volleys is how they defeated them, 6-2!   Once Cole/Kade got into their second round, they figured out that #3 was definitely better than #2, so trying to keep their heads in the game was tough.  They lost both second and  third rounds, 0-6, 1-6. You guys showed amazing teamwork!  Good job.

 

Bryan/Ryan also struggled against Tepper/D. Omens in their first round, and lost to them 0-6.  Nothing they did was working against these players, so all that could be done was look forward to the next round.  Of course, that was O'Connell/Schuster, who beat us 3-6.  In the final round, Bryan/Ryan found some relief in playing the subbed in players and beat them 6-1.  Nice effort, guys!

 

We are now 7-2 in league, and 8-2 overall.  Next stop: San Diego High on Thursday.

 

Thanks to Ryan Tran's family for team snacks :)

 

4/5/16:  This was a rough week for our Conquistadors, losing 3 of our players to grades, so we now have 16 players.  This may affect our scores during the rest of our season.  Let this be a good reminder that players are student athletes, with "student" coming first and our boys need to continue to focus on their schoolwork throughout the season.

 

We traveled to Mission Bay to play the Buccaneers for our second round of League play and we took them down, 12-6!

 

Singles for Mission Bay:

#1 - Glezer

#2 - Ries

#3 - Yates

 

For Serra:

#1 - Nathan

#2 - Keaton

#3 - Ignacio (subbed out with Kalvin in the third round)

 

Simon Glezer has improved so much this year!  None of our players even got close to beating him, although Kalvin felt he had a good match against him and pulled off 1 game!  Keaton continues to play his final match just when we're about to win, and clinching our 10th point every time! We're still coming up with a nickname for him.

 

Nathan, loving to play singles, got 2 wins today.  His scores: 0-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Keaton's scores: 6-0, 0-6, 6-0.

Ignacio, taking on singles for the first time, did well against Ries & Yates. His scores: 6-0, 6-0.

Kalvin, with his warrior headband on against Glezer, got 1-6.

 

Doubles for the Buccaneers:

#1 - Sapp/Don Tran

#2 - Guevara/Vanden-Brook

#3 - Bourgueil/Dan Tran

 

For Serra:

#1 - Colton/Alex

#2 - Cole/Kade (subbed out with Ethan/Dylan)

#3 - Bryan/Ryan (subbed out with Chris/Shane)

 

Colton/Alex took this opportunity to work on new strategies and improve their communication.  They seemed to be getting it all down pretty well, and scored 3 bagels: 6-0, 6-0, 6-0.

 

Cole/Kade also worked on a few new moves, which worked out well for them, too.  Their scores were 6-1, 6-3, before Ethan/Dylan took over in the third set against Bourgueil/Dan Tran.  They were losing 0-3, until they realized that there was no need to over hit; placement was the key.  Their serves and strokes were well executed and they came back winning 4 straight games!  With a bad line call from the opponent, Dylan got a bit rattled, not realizing that he could've called for a line judge. In the end they lost 4-6, but what a great learning experience! 

 

Bryan/Ryan had an interesting day on the courts, showing frustration from many unforced errors, lack of communication, and just not able to execute the ball very well.  They won their first set, 6-1, but lost their second set, 4-6.  This was also a good learning experience for them, as they know what their weaknesses are and what needs to be worked on.

 

Welcome back, Shane!   He and Chris Armes went in for Bryan/Ryan ready to fight it out with Sapp/Dan Tran, and what a fight it was!!  Neither team was willing to give up any points on serve, and the shot placement was amazing.  Their final score was 5-7!   It was great to see the teamwork and fun these two were having.

 

Our League record is now 6-1, and overall 7-1.

 

This Thursday, we have a BYE scheduled and will be taking team pictures.

 

Thanks to the Rij family for team snacks :)

 

3/24/16:  This match was the one where our newbies got to shine!  They took down the Morse Tigers easily with a score of 17-1! With the small amount of experience some of our guys have, they were still able to hit great shots, make a few aces, and get to every quirky ball that the Morse players served their way.

 

Singles for Morse:

#1 - Winsley Pelayo

#2 - Fabius Garcia

#3 - John Torres

 

For Serra:

#1 - Nathan

#2 - Bryan

#3 - Keaton

 

All of our singles swept!  They each did a fabulous job of serving, coming to the net, and using the proper strategies to get the wins we needed.

Nathan's scores: 6-2, 6-0, 6-0

Bryan's scores: 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2

Keaton's scores: 6-0, 6-2, 6-2

 

Awesome day on the courts, gentlemen!!

 

Doubles for Morse:

#1 - Chua/Tayaba

#2 - Geronilla/Geronilla

#3 - Domingo/Ramos

 

For Serra:

#1 - Chris L./Ignacio

#2 - Chris A./Ryan

#3 - Sean/Ehson (subbed out with Ethan/Dylan in the second round)

 

These guys had nothing but fun out there!  We could hear laughter, see high-fives, and see the score cards turning in our favor during every match!  The only match we lost, was the one with Ethan/Dylan in their set against Chua/Tayaba.  The battle began when the score was 2-3, and both teams kept breaking the others' service game until it came down to the Morse team winning 7-5.  It was a good match.

 

Chris L./Ignacio's scores: 6-0, 6-1, 6-2

Chris A./Ryan's scores: 6-0, 6-1, 6-1

Sean/Ehson's score: 6-2

Ethan/Dylan's scores: 6-1, 5-7

 

It will be a great match next time when the Tigers come to our house for sure!

 

Thanks to Ignacio & Alex for team snacks :)

 

3/22/16:  We had a pretty good idea that our match against the Patriots would be a close one, and we were right, squeaking by with 10-8!   Unfortunately, we lost one of our main players due to ineligibility, but Patrick Henry was also missing a top player due to injury, making the playing field even.

 

Singles for Henry:

#1 - Quentin Norris

#2 - Joel Foster

#3 - Eden Lauloz (subbed out in the third round with Allen Nguyen)

 

For Serra:

#1 - Nathan (subbed out with Keaton in the third round)

#2 - Kalvin

#3 - Jordan

 

All three of our singles' players were able to beat the #3, giving us three points on that side of the courts.

 

Nathan had a marathon match against Quentin in the first set, where he was leading 4-1 and then lost a bit of confidence, giving Quentin a 5-4 lead.  After digging in deeper, Nathan took him into a tie-break, but lost 3-7 in the breaker.  The points from both guys were well played!  In the next set against Joel, Nathan pulled out all the stops, but lost 4-6.  Both matches were competitive and fun to watch!  Great job in singles, Nathan!

 

Kalvin had a good day on the courts taking on the singles role, as well.  It is quite a difference from doubles, and Kalvin had to change his way of thinking along with his strategy.  He lost to Joel and Quentin, 0-6, but not because he played badly.  Nice job, stepping up for us, Kalvin!

 

Jordan knows that he starts off slow, and then picks up momentum throughout a match, so we started him in the #3 position to give him confidence.  He defeated Eden 6-1, but then lost to Quentin 2-6, and Joel 3-6.  With the unforced errors getting the best of him, we know what we need to work on. You did a fine job getting games off these guys, Jordan, just in case the match was tied!

 

Keaton went in for Nathan and played his only set of the day.  With nothing but great shots, amazing serves, and lots of smiles, Keaton was the player who clinched our 10th point for the team win with 6-1!  You deserved that standing ovation Keaton!

 

Doubles for Patrick Henry:

#1 - Blake Bowers/Harrison Rahm

#2 - Berger/Droomgoole

#3 - Lefler/Nguyen

 

For Serra:

#1 - Colton/Alex

#2 - Cole/Kade

#3 - Bryan/Ryan (subbed out with Ignacio/Chris "No Hat" Lugardo)

 

Colton/Alex had to battle it out with a couple of these teams, which really made them communicate effectively, move their feet, and work for every point.  It was great to see some awesome tennis and fantastic competition!  They pulled off a sweep with 6-4, 6-3, 6-1.  Good job, guys!!

 

Cole/Kade started off strong and never let up!  Keeping their confidence high, and laughter throughout their matches, they also swept,  6-3, 6-0, 6-4.  Keep doing what you're doing, guys, because it works!

 

Bryan/Ryan couldn't seem to find their rhythm today.  We could see the frustration on their faces as well as their body language.  They did everything they could, but still struggled.  They lost both of their sets, 2-6, 1-6.  Thankfully, they never got shut out, getting games for us in case the match ended in a tie.  Good effort, guys!

 

Ignacio/Chris "No Hat" Lugardo took over for Bryan/Ryan in the third set, feeling fresh and ready!  They had to face the #2's Berger/Droomgoole, but had no worries at all about playing them.  With absolutely nothing to lose, they slammed volleys, killed overheads, and played their "A game" for sure, defeating them 6-3!  Out of amazement, the crowd cheered and cheered, but Ignacio had no idea why we thought it was such a big deal.  It was just another day on the court for him.

 

This match was really fun because of the fantastic sportsmanship from both teams, making great line calls, being honest about scores, and enjoying the close competition.   Nice work by both teams!

 

Thanks to Jordan's family for team snacks : )

 

3/17/16:  Our match against the Mira Mesa Marauders proved once again that we are a stronger team!  With Coach Dabney returning from a short leave, she and Coach Mike worked together to make things happen with a win of 11-7.

 

Singles for Mira Mesa:

#1 - Keerthipati

#2 - Balderston

#3 - Vanhuang

 

For Serra:

#1 - Shawn

#2 - Jordan (subbed out with Ryan in the third round)

#3 - Keaton

 

Shawn had "another day at the office" sweeping all three players, 6-3, 6-1, 6-2.  With two small bloopers over the net, Balderston got lucky with his 2 games off Shawn!   Even with a sore shoulder, Shawn did a great job today.

 

As every tennis player knows, there will be days when it just doesn't feel right.  Jordan experienced that with both of his matches.  He couldn't get into his normal groove, and lost both sets, 1-6, 0-6.  Jordan has beaten Keerthipati before and he will do it again!  Keep your head up, Jordan.

 

Ryan went in to play Vanhuang and put up a really good fight.  Even though he lost, 2-6, Ryan's defensive way of playing was just the right strategy against this decent player.  Great effort, Ryan!

 

Keaton did his very best to stay focused and positive.  He never came off the court once in order to help his mental game.  It worked very well, as he got games off of every player.   As his matches wore on, it was easy to see how much his game improved.  His scores were 1-6, 4-6, 1-6.  So proud of you, Keaton!

 

Doubles for Mira Mesa:

#1 - Ngo/Yandapalli

#2 - Nemmani/Nemmani (subbed out with Barbarita/Pham in the third round)

#3 - Cao/Tran (subbed out with Chavez/Lu in the third round)

 

For Serra:

#1 - Colton/Alex (subbed out with Chris Lugardo/Ignacio in the third round)

#2 - Cole/Kade

#3 - Kalvin/Nathan

 

Our doubles teams made tennis look really easy by taking out the Marauders' teams pretty handedly.  There was only one close match, even with us subbing in some extras.

 

Colton/Alex defeated both of their opponents, 6-2, 6-0 before Chris/Ignacio took the helm, where they defeated Mira Mesa's subs 6-0!  Awesome job, guys!

 

Cole/Kade enjoyed "destroying" Mira Mesa, as they put it.  They swept all three, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1!  Way to go!

 

Kalvin/Nathan also had a great time out there!  They easily defeated #3 and #2 with 6-3, 6-2, but ran into a bit of trouble against the #1's.  The match went on quite a while as they remained on serve throughout until they ended up in a tie-break, and even that was close!  With a few unforced errors toward the end, our guys lost, 6-7 (5-7).  With nothing but a positive attitude, both guys came off the court expressing how much they learned from the experience, and that's what it's all about!

 

After the match, we took our traditional trip to In 'N Out where we celebrated with good food, lots of laughs, and plenty of pictures!

 

A special shout out to our Parent Brigade for coming through with shuttling our players to today's away match. We truly appreciate you! Thanks to the Pirouzian & Lu families for team snacks : )

 

On a more somber note:  Our Serra Tennis Family would like to send our deepest condolences to Shane Ryan and family for the sudden loss of his father, who passed away in his sleep this week.  We dedicate this win to you and look forward to your return.

 

3/16/16:  What a great day, what a convincing win!  The Conquistadors took down the Norsemen with a final team score of, 14-4.  Since Valhalla had a rather large team, each one of our players had an opportunity to play today.  We had tremendous success on the courts and lots of gained experience for all of our players this afternoon.

 

Singles for Valhalla:

#1 Miller

#2 A. Martinez

#3 S. Martinez

 

For Serra:

#1 Ryan

#2 Jordan (Bryan subbed in for the 3rd round)

#3 Keaton

 

Ryan stepped up to the plate to take the #1 singles spot for Shawn who was out with a sore shoulder.  This unexpected event turned into good tennis from him.  After a slow start, he started to pick up his game.  Even though he lost the 1st round to a strong Valhalla player, he came back with a vengeance & won his next match.  In the 3rd round, Ryan's would-be opponent went out with an elbow injury. His scores were:  3-6, 6-1, & 6-0 (walkover). Fantastic job, Ryan!

 

Jordan is "cool as a cucumber" out there and whether he is winning or losing you can't tell as he is in the zone.  He played a great match against the #2 with good rhythm and excellent consistency.  In the 3rd round, Jordon volunteered to sit out to allow Bryan to come in and play. His scores were:  6-1, 2-6. Great tennis today Jordan!

 

Bryan came in to face the #3 and took the reigns and dominated his opponent, 6-1.  He served well, hit winners from both sides & struck the ball with great accuracy. He played solid tennis today even though he didn't get much of a warm-up.   Well done, Bryan!

 

Keaton is definitely playing a lot better tennis and was able to get a win in the 1st round.  His 2nd match was a close one and went to a tiebreak, but he came up just a tad short. I can already see progress as a tennis player, both mentally and physically.  His scores were:  6-3, 6-7 (7-9), 0-6.  Great job today, Keaton!

 

Doubles for Valhalla:

#1 Davis/Jebo

#2 Ellistad/Mitchell

#3 Ortuño/Ibbetsan

 

For Serra:

#1 Colton/Alex

#2 Cole/Kade

#3 Kalvin/Nathan

 

All of our doubles teams dominated and swept Valhalla today.  It's exciting to see all these teams gel. Colton & Alex had a great day today at Valhalla, getting all 3 of their points.  After a slow start against the #1's, they came back and won.  They then went on to win the rest of their matches by serving up some bagels to their opponents. Their scores were:  6-4, 6-0, 6-0.  Top notch playing today, Colton and Alex!

 

Cole and Kade also had a fabulous day on the courts. This team continues to get better, as evident by their scores:  6-2, 6-2, 6-4.  This team is having a lot of fun out on the courts and there is never a shortage of positive body language and smiles.  Impressive play today, Cole and Kade!

 

Kalvin and Nathan came out ready to play.  They are really coming together as a duo and put up 3 points as well.  I like what I see out there from this doubles team and I expect that they will continue to play great tennis together.  Their scores were:  6-1, 6-1, 6-2.  Way to go, Kalvin & Nathan!

 

Thank you Serra parents for stepping up to drive the players to this away match. Thanks to the Stewart family for team snacks : )

 

3/15/16:  Great win today by the Conquistadors!  I’m so proud of all of you and your accomplishments today on the court.  Everybody had a hand in today’s victory over the Cavers.

 

Singles for San Diego:

#1 Green

#2 Gezahegne

#3 Bohl

 

For Serra:

#1 Shawn

#2 Jordan

#3 Keaton

 

Shawn played well today and his game was on point!  He played each of the 3 Cavers, who had 3 entirely different playing styles, and managed to win all 3.  Shawn made great adjustments out on Court 1 today.  His scores were:  6-2, 6-2, 6-1. Excellent job, Shawn!

 

Jordan exhibited quiet confidence out on Court 2 today and was able to give us a win in singles, which contributed to the overall team victory.  Jordan struggled with the Cavers' #1 but was up for the task.  In his victory over the #3, he exhibited tremendous patience with this player's "pushing" style.   His scores were:  4-6, 6-3, 2-6.  Way to go, Jordie!

 

Keaton  is definitely making some improvements on his mental toughness, slowly but surely.  Keaton never gives up and always keeps fighting until the very last point.  In his final match of the day, he played very well.  Even though the match didn't end in a victory, there were a lot of positive take-aways from that match.  His scores were:  3-6, 0-6, 4-6.  Good job, Keaton!

 

Doubles for San Diego:

#1 Miranda/McKnight

#2 Casey/Griffin (3rd round: Covington/Griffin)

#3 Cade/Crow

 

For Serra:

#1 Colton/Alex

#2 Cole/Kade

#3 Kalvin/Nathan

 

Colton and Alex's first match was going back & forth but had some unfortunate foot faulting by one of San Diego's players.  Colton & Alex played more cohesively after that & turned it around in the 2nd and 3rd matches, playing Serra brand tennis!  Great job in the 2nd and 3rd sets keeping the points short & hitting more winners.  Kudos to them on making the adjustments and getting 2 points for the team. Their scores were:  3-6, 6-3, 6-1.  Good job, Colton & Alex!

 

Cole and Kade had a great day today, winning all 3 of their matches.  They are coming together nicely & really playing well as a doubles team.  Cole & Kade were aggressive at the net, putting points away, and appear to have great passion for the game. They support each other, even when they lose the point. Their scores were:  6-1, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.  Solid day today, Cole & Kade!

 

Kalvin and Nathan won 2 of their 3 matches today, including beating the tough #1 team. It was great to see this team play well together and attack at the net.  The boys appear to be very comfortable with each other as teammates; they never got down on each other, and exhibited positive attitudes on the court. Their scores were:  6-4, 6-4, 2-6.  Excellent wins today, Kalvin & Nathan!

 

A special shout-out to what I call, "The 7th man" out there...the rest of the varsity squad.  They did an amazing job of supporting their teammates.  I observed that the boys were in position near all 6 courts, cheering on their fellow Conquistadors.  This support provided great energy for the players on the court.  The victory today could not have been accomplished without the 7th man…Way to go Serra Tennis!

 

Thanks to Nathan Tran's family for team snacks : )

 

3/10/16:  The Conquistadors gave it their absolute all today against the Pointers, however, the other team was too much for the Conquistadors this afternoon at Peninsula with a score of 5-13.  With the 3-match stretch coming up, we will strive to prepare for those critical matches.

 

Singles for Point Loma:

#1 - Keegan S

#2 - Ivan T.

#3 - Dylan L.

 

For Serra:

#1 - Jordan

#2 - Keaton

#3 - Shawn (subbed out in the 2nd round with Nathan)

 

Our singles players tried their very best but came up short against a tough Point Loma squad.  Jordan's scores today were 0-6, 4-6, 1-6.  Jordan fought for every point today and even managed to get a game off of Thamma. In his match against Dylan, it included a lot of long points with terrific rallies. Great effort today, Jordie!

 

Keaton had his first exposure to the Pointers this afternoon and got some great experience on the courts today playing some of the best high school players in San Diego County.  Keaton's scores were 0-6, 0-6, 4-6. His 3rd match of the day was very competitive and we applaud his fight against Dylan. Good job, Keaton!

 

Shawn played only 1 match today, with a winning score of 6-2.  He played his game today, giving us the only point in singles for the day.  Solid win today, Shawn!

 

In rounds 2 and 3, Nathan came in and took over the #3 spot.  His scores were 0-6, 0-6.  Even though Nathan was over-matched today, he kept his smile and positive attitude on the court.  Well done, Nathan!

 

Doubles for Point Loma:

#1 - Schuster/O'Connell

#2 - Tepper/White

#3 - Kaminski/Wolf (Kaminski/Vadun-Lemp ~ subbed in for the 3rd match)

 

For Serra:

#1 - Colton/Alex

#2 - Cole/Kade

#3 - Bryan/Ryan

 

Colton and Alex had a close 1st round match against Schuster & O'Connell who were the 2015 Eastern League doubles champs with a score today of, 4-6. Even though they came up a tad short, the match was high quality and this Serra doubles team is developing nicely. The next two matches were won by the Serra veterans with scores of 6-2, 6-1. Excellent job today, gentlemen!

 

Cole and Kade also had a good day with match scores of 6-3, 2-6, 6-0. They also won 2 of their 3 matches and this team is fun to watch with their infectious positivity.  The doubles team of Smith and Stewart is playing well together as a unit and we anticipate more wins from them. Way to go guys!

 

Bryan and Ryan tried their best today and played some good doubles. Their scores were 5-7, 3-6, 0-6. In the first match, they were up 4-1 but lost 5-7 due to unforced errors. Keep working hard on your game and those close matches will be won. Good unity out there today boys!

 

Thank you "Parent Brigade" for helping out with rides to the match today.  Thanks to the Armes & Cooper families for team snacks : )

 

3/3/16:  Our Conquistadors showed once again how powerful they are against the Buccaneers of Mission Bay!  With many of our former players returning to play for their senior year, along with some new, strong players, we were able to come out on top, 11-7!

 

The moment we reached the win at 10 points, we subbed in most of our newbies to get some experience at true competition.  Even though those players lost their matches, they were close, and our players gained valuable experience.

 

Singles for Mission Bay:

#1 - Simon Glezer

#2 - Shawn Ries

#3 - Dan Tran

 

For Serra:

#1 - Kalvin

#2 - Jordan

#3 - Keaton (subbed out in the third round with Chris Lugardo)

 

Kalvin stepped up to the plate to help us out in singles this week and took on the #1 position.  He did very well with his own style, defeating 2 out of 3, 0-6, 6-1, 6-2.  Great effort, Kalvin!!

 

Jordan started out his senior year in the #2 position, knowing he is a slow starter.  He also got 2 out of 3, 6-0, 6-1, 0-6. Glezer really improved from last year, and Jordan's game plan just couldn't quite break him.  Nice work overall, Jordie!

 

Keaton began his first high school competition in our #3 singles position, even though he felt a little "under the weather" and was able to still pull off a 6-0 against Tran.  In his second match, he lost to Glezer, 0-6, when Coach Dabney subbed him out.  Thanks for your sacrifice, Keaton!

 

Chris Lugardo was also not feeling 100%, but felt good enough to help out the team.  He played against Ries and got some good points off of him!  He lost, 3-6, but it was a really good match!  Thanks so much, Chris!

 

Doubles for Mission Bay:

#1 - Guevara/Sapp

#2 - Don Tran/Vanden-Brook

#3 - Bourgueil/Knight

 

For Serra:

#1 - Colton/Alex (subbed out with Chris A/Shane in the third round)

#2 - Cole/Kade (subbed out with Ethan/Dylan in the third round)

#3 - Bryan/Ryan (Bryan was subbed out with Ehson in the third round)

 

All of our starters in doubles easily defeated all of Mission Bay's doubles with nothing less than 6-3.  In the third round, when our newbies came in, the scores were a little closer (as expected).  Awesome job, Colton, Alex, Cole, Kade, Bryan, and Ryan!

 

Chris A/Shane played a really close match the entire time, but ended up losing, 5-7, to Bourgueil/Knight.  Fantastic job, guys!

 

Ethan/Dylan struggled against Guevara/Sapp, due to nerves and unforced errors, but felt proud of the way they gave it their ALL.  They lost 0-6.  Don't worry guys...with more experience, you'll have no trouble beating them next time!!

 

Ehson/Ryan were down 1-4 until Coach Dabney stepped in to give them a pep talk, calming Ehson's nerves down and building his confidence.  They came back with 5-4!  Not able to close out points, they ended up losing 5-7.  Great teamwork, you two!

 

Overall, the match was fun and gave our team some confidence going into next week, where we will take on the Pointers of Point Loma on Thursday, March 10th at Peninsula Tennis Club at 3:30pm!

 

Thanks to the Lam Family for team snacks : )

 

1/25/16:  Tryouts for the 2016 boys' tennis season is scheduled for Tuesday, February 16th from 2:30pm-4:30pm, at the Serra tennis courts.

2015

6/3/15:  The day everyone has been waiting for has arrived ~ the annual Gatorade Classic!!  What a fun day with laughter, good tennis, & team bonding with both Coach Dab's boys & girls teams.  In the end, it was the freshmen team of Allie Jackson & Nathan Tran who beat the sophomore team of Lindsey Plavcan & Alex Weishan.  Thanks to all who participated in this fun, annual tradition.

 

5/19/15: Brandon Miranda & Kade played in the opening round of Individual CIF & faced a very good doubles team from Bishops.  Unfortunately, they were in a little over their head & lost 0-6, 0-6 but they kept their smiles & good humor.

 

5/6/15:  Today, we faced a very strong & talented Saints team and lost, 3-15.  Good tennis was played by all as we wrapped up the team portion of the 2015 season.  Great job, gentlemen!

 

5/5/15:  The Conquistadors hosted the Lancers of Carlsbad H.S. in the first round of Team CIF competition.  Congratulations to the team in the 10-8 victory.  Tomorrow, we will be on the road to face Saints, at Morley Field (near Balboa Park), for a second round Team CIF match.  Thank you to the Armes family for team snacks :)

 

4/28/15:   The Pointers came to our house for the final league match of the season and defeated us, 11-7.  They decided to put their "golden boys" in singles, making it easier for our doubles teams to get their League records up.

 

Singles for Serra:

#1 - Brandon Tran

#2 - Alex (subbed out with Joseph in the third round)

#3 - Jordan

 

For Point Loma:

#1 - Smith

#2 - Thamma

#3 - Meyer (subbed out with Tepper in the third round)

 

Brandon's scores: 0-6, 0-6, 6-1

 

Alex's scores: 0-6, 6-2

 

Joseph's score: 0-6

 

Jordan's scores: 7-5, 0-6, 0-6

 

 

Doubles for Serra:

#1 - Miranda/Kade

#2 - Cole/Ryan

#3 - Colton/Nathan

 

For Point Loma:

#1 - Schuster/O'Connell

#2 - Martinez/Nuevo

#3 - Klein/Hanc (Klein was subbed out with D. Omens in the second round, and Hanc was subbed out with J. Omens in the third round)

 

Scores for Miranda/Kade: 1-6, 6-0, 6-3

Scores for Cole/Ryan: 4-6, 2-6, 2-6

Scores for Colton/Nathan: 6-3, 3-6, 6-2

 

It was a nice ending playing the Pointers and getting more games off of them than the last time we played them.

 

Next up is Team CIF where our team is seeded #6 in Division I!  We will play at Serra at 3:00 on May 5.  If we win, we will travel on Wednesday, May 6.  Stay tuned for more information! Go Serra!!

 

4/21/15:  On the windy courts at Mission Bay High School, our Serra Q's beat the Buccaneers, 14-4!  We allowed every player on the team a chance to get out there and "play the Serra way", which they all did very well.

 

Singles for Serra:

#1 - Brandon Tran

#2 - Alex

#3 - Jordan

 

For Mission Bay:

#1 - Glezer

#2 - O'Leary

#3 - Ries

 

Simon Glezer had his "A" game on, making it very difficult for our guys to get into their own rhythm.  He defeated every one of our guys with pace and patience.  He will be one to watch when League Finals rolls around!  Michael O'Leary was feeling light-headed as he entered into his second set against Jordan, so he retired after losing 3 games.

 

Brandon's scores: 5-7, 6-1, and 6-0 (by default)

Alex's scores: 6-0, 1-6, 6-1

Jordan's scores: 6-2, 6-0 (by O'Leary retiring), 1-6

 

In doubles, there were a lot of substitutions, as we were letting everyone play.  It's so great when the entire team contributes to a win!  It was really fun, too!! Laughter could be heard all across the 6 courts from Miranda/Kade and their opponents during the third round!  They were talking across the net to each other, making silly comments (breaking all the rules, for sure...) and truly enjoying a fun set! Miranda kept uttering, "I can't breathe!".

 

Doubles for Serra:

#1 - Nathan/Colton (subbed out with Chris Armes, and then Kenny)

#2 - Kade/Chris Lugardo (subbed out with Miranda in the second round)

#3 - Cole/Ryan (subbed out with Andy/Joseph in the second round)

 

For Mission Bay:

#1 - Knight/Sapp

#2 - Burdairon/Dan Tran

#3 - Gamache/Yates (subbed out with Vanden-Brook/Wagaman in the third round)

 

Nathan/Colton's score: 6-0

Nathan/Chris Armes' score: 6-3

Nathan/Kenny's score: 6-4

 

Kade/Chris' score: 7-6 (7-3)

Kade/Miranda's scores: 6-1, 6-1

 

Cole/Ryan's score: 6-0

Andy/Joseph's scores: 4-6, 6-4

 

We are winding down our 2015 season already!  Where did it all go??  Our final league match will be played at our house on Tuesday, 4/28 against Point Loma.   Please come join us as we honor our seniors in their last match - Brandon Tran, Brandon Miranda, Andy Huynh, and Kenny Huynh.

 

Thanks to the Paz Family for snacks : )

 

4/19/15:  Our Conquistadors showed their power over the Morse Tigers last Thursday, once again, beating them 17-1!

 

Singles for Serra:

#1 - Brandon Tran

#2 - Alex

#3 - Brandon Miranda (subbed out with Kade in the third round)

 

For Morse:

#1 - Pelayo

#2 - Aurelio

#3 - Marvin

 

Brandon Tran's scores: 6-0, 6-0, 6-0

Alex's scores: 6-0, 6-0, 6-1

Miranda's scores: 6-0, 6-0

Kade's score: 6-1

 

Doubles for Serra:

#1 - Colton/Chris Armes (subbed out with Cole/Chris Lugardo in the second round)

#2 - Kenny/Jordan (subbed out with "The Brandon Brothers", Nathan/Ryan in the third round)

#3 - Andy/Joseph

 

For Morse:

#1 - Miller/Tanjoco

#2 - Layson/Malaspac

#3 - Espinosa/Pantig (subbed out with Atienza in the third round)

 

Colton/Chris' score: 6-1

Cole/Chris' scores: 2-6, 6-1

Kenny/Jordan's scores: 6-3, 6-0

Nathan/Ryan's score: 6-0

Andy/Joseph's scores: 6-0, 6-1, 6-2

 

The scores pretty much tell the story of the match.  Everyone had a fun time and the Morse boys are always respectful.

 

Thank you to Serra Tennis alumni, Cameron Wilkinson, and his mom, Joanie for attending our match today!  It's always nice to see familiar faces return for support.  Our next match is Mission Bay at Mission Bay High School on Tuesday, 4/21 at 3:30.

 

Thanks to the Lugardo Family for snacks : )

 

4/14/15:  It was another close match with the Patriots of Patrick Henry, but this time we came out on top, 10-8!!

 

Our Conquistadors had a pretty comfortable lead in the first round of play, leading 5-1, so we felt our line-up was strong enough to carry us through.  The second round, was a tie (3-3) so again, there was no cause for alarm.  But the third round was the nail-biter!  Henry came back with a vengeance and took all three doubles sets, including two very close tie-breaks that we lost, along with their #1 singles player, Chad Osorno, taking his third win of the day.

 

It all came down to our singles guys, Alex and Jordan, to pull us out of the hole!  Thankfully, the Patriots subbed out their #2 player, Mack Thomas, so Alex could do his thing, giving us another win, making the score 9-8!  All the pressure was on Jordan to beat "Mr. Steady Eddie", Joel Foster.  Jordan kept his head in the game, with all the players' eyes on his match, and played Joel like a fiddle!!  Coming to the net a few times, Jordan hit winning shots cross court, which took Joel down (to the point of tears) defeating him 6-3!  "Whew!!"  It is very satisfying beating a team that beat us before, but even more so...taking them out of first place!

 

Singles for Serra:

#1 - Alex

#2 - Jordan

#3 - Brandon Tran (by request)

 

For Patrick Henry:

#1 - Osorno

#2 - Thomas subbed out with Fenn in the third round)

#3 - Foster

 

Alex's scores: 0-6, 6-7 (4-7), and 6-2.

Jordan's scores: 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.

Brandon's scores: 6-3, 7-5, 2-6.

 

Alex didn't have a chance against Chad, who has a powerful serve and amazing down-the-line shots that could not be recovered.  Alex chalked it up as experience, and moved on to his next match.  It was good that taking on Foster was his next set because it was a very long, long set with very long, long points.  As soon as Alex felt like he had put the ball away, it came right back.  Foster knew how to move to the ball quickly and put the ball in the air (slowly) so he could get back in position for the next shot. When Alex changed his strategy by coming to the net more, many of his balls went out, partly due to the windy conditions.  Staying steady in the match and not giving up any easy points, these two ended up in a tie-break.  Alex was exhausted and his back began to ache. He was a trooper, though, by going out in the final set to fight for his team, winning the next set.  Thanks so much for your sacrifice, Alex!  Great playing!!

 

Jordan did all he could against Thomas, and boy did he do well!!  He defeated him, 6-4!  (On a side note: Dab learned that Thomas had just come back from a long illness, which is what could have contributed to his exhaustion and dehydration during our match today, then being subbed out.  We wish him a quick recovery!)  Taking on Chad next was not an easy task, but Jordan got 2 games off him!  Finally, the win against Foster was priceless!!  This was a huge confidence booster for Jordan, and it was the 10th point for the team!  Fantastic effort and wins, Jordie!

 

Brandon had a very good day!  He changed his mental strategy against both Thomas and Foster by maintaining a steady pace, creating a calm, quiet environment inside his head, which really worked!  Instead of forcing winning shots, he was patient enough to allow his opponent to tire himself out and make unforced errors.  Awesome work, Captain!

 

Doubles for Serra:

#1 - Miranda/Kade

#2 - Cole/Ryan

#3 - Colton/Nathan

 

For Patrick Henry:

#1 - Cooper/Sheedy

#2 - Bowers/Rahm

#3 - Dromgoole/Norris

 

Scores for Miranda/Kade: 6-2, 6-2, 6-7 (4-7)

Scores for Cole/Ryan: 7-6 (12-10), 0-6, 4-6

Scores for Colton/Nathan: 6-2, 6-1, 3-6

 

Our doubles all did a terrific job of reading the opponent and finding the openings to get their shots in.

One of the most difficult doubles teams for Henry was the #2, Bowers/Rahm.  Both players are hot-headed and have a tendency to use unsportsmanlike behavior (foul language, racket abuse, and ball abuse).  This team plays with both players back at the baseline the entire match, causing our team to figure out how to defend them.  Cole/Ryan figured it out, but Miranda/Kade struggled.  They thought they had it figured out for a few games, but somehow lost it in the end.  Knowing how Bowers/Rahm operate will make it easier to beat them if any of our guys face them in League Finals.

 

We are winding down the season with only three matches left!  It has gone by so quickly!!  Next up is Morse at Serra on Thursday at 3:30. We hope to see you there!!

 

Thanks to the Armes' Family for team snacks : )

 

4/9/15:  Our Conquistadors set out to create good individual records for themselves, and then found that they had it in them to defeat the Mira Mesa Marauders completely! The competition was intense, the attitudes were positive, and the confidence was high as we took out Mira Mesa, 11-7!

 

The last time we played Mira Mesa, our singles side of the court was where most of our losses came from, so strengthening that is what made a huge difference in the match today.

 

Singles for Serra:

#1 - Alex

#2 - Brandon Tran

#3 - Jordan

 

For Mira Mesa:

#1 - Shaw

#2 - Keerthipati

#3 - Nakanishi

 

All of our guys had to face Tristen Shaw again, and even though they all lost, they got more games off of him than last time!

 

Alex had a fun time being #1, never letting the pressure get to him.  He lost to Shaw 4-6.   He was then able to take each match, point by point, remaining strong enough to beat Keerthipati 6-3, and (steady Eddie) Nakanishi 6-4.  The set against Nakanishi was one of pure endurance with every point going 20+ balls over the net, along with several deuce points that would never end.  After calling for a line judge, only one line call was over-turned in Alex's favor, giving him more confidence to turn the match around.  Alex showed that he was in better physical condition by hanging in there to the very end!  Nice playing, Alex!

 

Brandon lost to Shaw, 2-6, but kept his head in the game to beat Keerthipati 6-4, and Nakanishi 6-2.  His win against Keerthipati was one of sheer revenge after losing to him last time 4-6!  It goes to show how practice pays off, as well as will power to fight to the end.  Nice work, Brandon!!

 

Jordan faced all three guys for the first time this season, and lost to Shaw, 4-6 (almost beating him!), when all Jordan had to do was get 1 game off him!  After losing to Nakanishi 3-6, he came back and beat Keerthipati, 6-4!  This win was a huge contribution to the team win today, so thanks for your efforts Jordie!

 

The improvement in our doubles really showed during this match, because the scores were much closer, and the quality of the points being played was incredible!  Mira Mesa changed around their partners, but they had all the same players.  It was good, clean fun on that side of the courts!

 

Doubles for Serra:

#1 - Miranda/Kade

#2 - Cole/Ryan

#3 - Colton/Nathan

 

For Mira Mesa:

#1 - Truong/Millan

#2 - Stitzel/Vahuang

#3 - Balderston/Yandapalli

 

Miranda/Kade were on fire!!  Their serves, volleys, ground strokes, and overall game plan swept all three 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, 7-5!  They are always laughing and enjoying their matches and it's so nice to see them win as a result.  There were some absolutely amazing points being played all day on their court, too!  Fantastic job, guys!

 

Cole/Ryan had a tough time getting into their rhythm, but never lost hope.  These two kept smiles on their faces, not giving away how they were really feeling, which is an attribute needed in tennis!  They played hard and never got shut out, and those games would have really helped if we had tied the Marauders!  They lost all three, 4-6, 3-6, 2-6.  Good job getting games, guys!!

 

Starting Colton/Nathan off in our #3 position proved to be the best decision of the entire match!  Due to their "slow start" M/O, they needed to play Mira Mesa's #3 and get a confident win, before facing the #1 and #2.  That's what did it!  Their scores were 6-0, 6-4, 6-2!  The way you guys played together today made doubles look easy!  Wonderful job, guys!

 

Congratulations to all of our boys for improving their individual records, as well as giving us a nice team win!!

 

Next Tuesday we take on the Patriots of Patrick Henry at their house.  Our last match with them was really close, so who knows?!  We could possibly beat them!!  Please come out and support us!

 

Thanks to the Stewart & Armes Families for team snacks :)

 

4/7/15: Today's win over San Diego High showed that we might be down, but we're not out!  Our Conquistadors took out the Cavers, 12-6!!

 

Several discussions took place with regards to our line-up, our strategy, and our mental toughness in taking on San Diego, because our last match with them was so close.  Keep in mind, we did not have Jordan last time, and we recently lost Alexis to grades, so putting Alex in singles along with Jordan strengthened our singles' side of the courts!  San Diego didn't quite know what to do with us!! When all was said and done, it really didn't matter what the Cavers' line-up was...we remained strong and steady in ours, and it paid off!

 

Singles for Serra:

#1 - Alex

#2 - Brandon Tran

#3 - Jordan

 

For San Diego:

#1 - Filipovich

#2 - Griffin

#3 - Desmet

 

San Diego decided (at the last minute) to keep Filipovich in singles, and as we all know...he was going to beat all of our players 6-0, which he did.

 

After defeating Brandon Tran in a challenge match on Monday, Alex was fired up to play in our #1 singles position for the first time, and he did very well!!  He defeated Griffin and Desmet pretty easily 6-0, 6-2, respectively, giving us the strength we needed in singles.   Alex played really smart on a many of his rallies, taking them all by surprise.  Thanks for your outstanding effort today, Alex!!

 

Brandon played very comfortably in our #2 position, and defeated both Griffin and Desmet as well...6-3, 7-5.  These wins totally helped Brandon's individual record for League Finals, which was the goal.  Great job, Brandon!!

 

Jordan had a slight knee injury from the weekend, but he was a trooper playing with a slight bit of pain.  At one point, he fell on the injured knee, skinning it yet again.  He took a regulated 3 minute time-out to bandage it up and got right back out there to fight for his wins.  (On a side note...Coach Chaz inquired about what the rule was on a medical time-out, not even concerned about how Jordan was feeling.)  Jordan defeated Desmet, 7-5, but lost to Griffin, 3-6.  Good job sucking it up and doing what you needed to do for our team, Jordie!!

 

Doubles really had to fight for every point, because San Diego was not giving away any free points! Every win was earned with hard work and sweat!!

 

Doubles for Serra:

#1 - Colton/Nathan

#2 - Cole/Ryan

#3 - Miranda/Kade

 

Doubles for San Diego:

#1 - McKnight/Miranda (our Miranda's younger brother)

#2 - Bohl/Casey

#3 - Agoh/Cade (subbed out by Crow in the third round)

 

Colton/Nathan had a slow start against McKnight/Miranda, and ended up losing 2-6.  They came back in the next two sets and defeated them, 6-1, 6-3.  Next time, they will have to start in a different position to get that "warm-up match" they need so they can win all three.  Lesson learned.  :)  What a wonderful team these two have become throughout the season, though!  They work very well together and know how to fight it out with good rhythm.

 

Cole/Ryan earned their way to our #2 position during challenges on Monday, and also had to do some major fighting of points against the Cavers who were not giving out any free points, especially against McKnight/Miranda!  Cole/Ryan took them to a tie-break!!  They won two out of three, 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2. This is another one of our doubles teams that has learned how to gel very well together!  Good job, guys!

 

Our #3 team of Miranda/Kade worked their magic again today, sweeping all three doubles, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4!  After dealing with a racket abuse issue with Bohl/Casey, Miranda was fired up!!  He addressed the coach, who refused to code his own player, saying "I didn't see it so I can't call it".  After reporting this to Coach Dabney, she had words with the player warning him that if he did it again, he would be coded.  He seemed so frustrated to have to hold on to his racket for the rest of the match!  Miranda then had to face off against his own brother in the third set, while their dad watched silently from the sidelines.  Knowing that he has coached both boys, he admitted it was a little difficult holding his tongue and letting them battle it out.  It was all good in the end when Dad asked for a picture with Coach Dabney and both boys In the parking lot. Everyone laughed and shook hands in respect.

 

This match helped each player with their individual records for League Finals, as well as the team with a league win!!  Thanks to everyone for doing their part in a huge win!

 

Thanks to the Huynh Family for team snacks :)

 

3/26/15:  It's never a good feeling to lose...especially to Point Loma!  They pulled out all the stops ~ from their line up, to the rotation of our team!  They decided to put Ivan and Keegan in doubles, but with separate partners, giving them twice as many points as they would have if they had played together.  It was actually a very good strategy against us, knowing that we tend to load up on doubles, and it was a successful move because we lost to them, 4-14!  They rotated our team DOWN after each set.

 

Serra's singles line up:

#1 - Kenny (subbed out by Andy in the second round)

#2 - Jordan

#3 - Ryan

 

For Point Loma:

#1 - Schuster

#2 - Meyer (subbed out by J. Omens in the third round)

#3 - O'Connell

 

After Kenny's loss to Schuster, he decided he didn't want to play any more, so Andy stepped in.  Kenny lost 0-6, and Andy lost the other two, 1-6, 0-6.  Thanks to Andy for wanting to make a good showing for his team.

 

Jordan had a pretty good day, being consistent, fighting for every point, and working the points to his advantage.  He defeated Meyer, 6-2, then lost his other two sets, 0-6, 3-6 (against Schuster!).  Not bad scores at all, Jordie!!

 

Ryan took on singles for us today, with all the enthusiasm, motivation, and excitement as any player could show!  He lost 2 out of 3 sets, 1-6, 0-6, 6-1.  The question is....how many more points could he have won if he had called more balls "out"?  Ryan is very generous with his calls!!  Good job in singles, Ryan!

 

Doubles had very tough matches against the Pointers' line up and still had some amazing points!!  We were missing Kade, due to strep throat, so we had to make some last minute changes.  Our changes were the right ones, because we never lost heart or sportsmanship!  Keegan Smith had a couple of temper tantrums over line calls, so he decided to aim the ball at our players and make some snide comments to "teach us a lesson", but we never waivered or lost face.  Coach Truver was made aware of the issues, and he agreed that his player needed some discipline.

 

Coach Dabney encouraged the team by reminding them that win or lose, you can't hang your head low if you play your best...and each player really gave their best on the courts today!

 

Doubles for Serra:

#1 - Cole/Brandon Tran

#2 - Colton/Nathan

#3 - Miranda/Alex

 

Doubles for Point Loma:

#1 - Thamma/Hanc

#2 - Smith/D. Omens

#3 - Nuevo/ Martinez (subbed out by Klein/Tepper in the third set)

 

Scores for Cole/Brandon - 0-6, 0-6, 6-2. These scores definitely do not reflect how well our guys played out their points!!  With the way they played, it truly looked like they were winning.  They were a huge threat to the Pointers' doubles teams!  Outstanding job, Cole & Brandon!!

 

Scores for Colton/Nathan - 1-6, 3-6, 1-6.  Once our guys got rattled by a few bad line calls, in the set with Nuevo/Martinez, they called for a line judge.  Things settled down a bit and they came back by two games, but something happened and they ended up losing.  You will get them next time, guys!  You are clearly the better team!

 

Scores for Miranda/Alex - 6-2, 3-6, 0-6.  The moment Miranda learned that Ivan and Keegan were playing doubles, he had fire in his eyes!  Anger hit his heart and the competition was ON!!  He and Alex fought as hard as they possibly could!  There were absolutely amazing shots all over the courts.  Their biggest accomplishment today was getting those 3 games off of Ivan and his partner!  They were elated, as if they had won the set!   You guys did a fantastic job working together at the last minute!

 

Point Loma is undefeated in the league, and our overall record is now 6-3.  Our league record is 4-3.

Thank you to the Huynh Family for team snacks  : )

 

Spring Break is next week, and each player is encouraged to hit, or play some time, during the week so he doesn't come back "rusty".  We're looking forward to our second round of play.  Go Conquistadors!

 

3/19/15:  The Mission Bay Buccaneers showed up with not only a full team, but a decent one!  Many of their players had nice ground strokes, good serves, and held some pretty good rallies with our guys!  It was nice to see for a change.  Even though they brought out their "A" game, however, our Conquistadors proved to be the stronger team, defeating them 14-4!  Before the match even started, Captain Colton did the introductions for our team.  When it came to the #1 doubles team, he introduced himself as "Nathan" and his partner as "Colton" (twice!).  Nice way to start the match, Captain!

 

Singles for Serra:

#1 - Brandon Tran

#2 - Alex

#3 - Jordan

 

Singles for Mission Bay:

#1 - Glezer

#2 - O'Leary

#3 - Halvin

 

Brandon was down in his first set against Simon, 2-5, but became very consistent which makes Simon break down.  That's what did it!  Brandon came back winning 5 straight games, beating Simon 7-5!  That was Brandon's most difficult match of the day.  His other scores were 6-0, 6-0.  Nicely done, Brandon!

 

Alex did very well on the singles side again, defeating O'Leary and Halvin 6-0, 6-0, but had a tougher time against Glezer.  Their rallies went long, and Alex had some amazing winning shots both at the baseline and the net, but Glezer got the upper hand.  Alex lost 1-6 and walked off the court with a smile and great sportsmanship!  Good job, Alex!!

 

Jordan had a tough day all round, losing to all three players, 4-6, 0-6, 0-6.  As he gets back into the swing of things at practice, he'll be back to his playing style in no time!  Thanks for the good effort today, Jordie!

 

Our doubles teams did it again, sweeping all three rounds!  We subbed in our two newbies, like we did for Morse, and they both enjoyed winning with their partners.  Miranda/Kade came back after every set (jokingly) apologizing for "almost losing". They keep us laughing, all the time!  It's also nice to see all the players smiling and laughing on their courts!

 

Doubles for the Conquistadors:

#1 - Nathan/Colton (subbed out by Chris Armes in the second round)

#2 - Miranda/Kade

#3 - Cole/Ryan (subbed out by Chris Lugardo in the third round)

 

For the Buccaneers:

#1 - Knight/J. Sapp

#2 - Ries/Don Tran (subbed out by Sapp/Wagaman in the third round)

#3 - Yates/Dan Tran

 

Scores for Nathan/Colton: 6-1

Scores for Nathan/Chris A.: 6-1, 6-0

Scores for Miranda/Kade: 6-0, 6-0. 6-0

Scores for Cole/Ryan: 6-0, 6-2

Scores for Cole: 6-0

 

This brings our team record to 6-2.

 

We will be on the road to Point Loma next Thursday.  We would love to see as many Serra fans out there to support us at the Peninsula Tennis Club at 3:30!!  Thank you to the Smith Family for team snacks :)

 

A special Thank You goes out to all the parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, brothers/sisters, girlfriends, alumni, and friends who have been coming out to support us so far!  We always have a gracious crowed of people attending our matches, and it is noticed!!

 

3/18/15:  It's always exciting when we get a chance to play and beat Valhalla!  Today's match showed how steady and strong our team really is by defeating the Norsemen, 13-5!

 

Singles for Serra:

#1 - Brandon Tran

#2 - Alex

#3 - Jordan

 

For Valhalla:

#1 - Miller

#2 - Harper

#3 - Sabri (subbed out by Mitchell in the third round)

 

Our singles did a great job of remaining calm, patient, and steady as they entered their matches, but Valhalla's #1 player, Miller, was a little more consistent. He's their only player who beat all three of our guys.

 

Brandon played really smart and got 2 out of his 3:  3-6, 6-1, 6-0.

 

Alex showed how much he really enjoys playing singles, by moving each player around, coming to the net, and sticking to his calls.  He also won 2 out of his 3 sets: 6-1, 6-3, 3-6.

 

Jordan is back!!  He did really well for not playing much tennis lately.  There were a lot of long rallies, plenty of slices, and in his third set, more drop shots followed by beautiful passing shots.  His scores were: 1-6, 3-6, 7-5.

 

Very nice job, singles!!

 

Doubles for Serra:

#1 - Nathan/Colton

#2 - Miranda/Kade

#3 - Cole/Ryan

 

For Valhalla:

#1 - Ellestad/Jebo

#2 - Hammel/Kalasho

#3 - Davis/Roehrich (subbed out with Nah/Ortega in the third round)

 

There were amazing points being played all over the doubles courts!  There were many shots that looked like winners, but we cut them off and got the winning shot instead.  We were not going down without a fight, and in the end, we were the winners!

 

Nathan/Colton's scores: 4-6, 6-0, 6-1.

Miranda/Kade's scores: 6-2, 6-4, 6-0.

Cole/Ryan's scores: 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

 

It was so much fun watching all of these guys laugh, play, and enjoy the game of tennis during competition.  Let's keep that going, Conquistadors!

 

This brings our record to 5-2. We will play Mission Bay at our house tomorrow, so come and support us!  Thank you to Serra Tennis alumni, Cameron Wilkinson (Class of 2014) & Shayn Lozano (Class of 2014), for coming to the match today.

 

Thanks to the Tran Family for snacks :)

 

3/17/15:  We were relieved to find out that Morse finally got themselves a coach this season!  It's so much better when we get to play out a match, rather than take a forfeit.  Our Conquistadors showed themselves strong, even though we had a couple of ill players, defeating the Tigers, 18-0!!

 

Singles for Serra:

#1 - Brandon Tran

#2 - Alex

#3 - Andy

 

For Morse:

#1 - Pelayo

#2 - Macspaz

#3 - Layson

 

All of our singles had a fun time on the courts dealing with funky shots from the opponent, and finding a rhythm that would take them down.

Brandon's scores: 6-1, 6-0, 6-2

Brandon just made playing tennis look so easy today, with his consistency and smart shots.  Good job, Brandon!

 

Alex's scores: 6-1, 6-1, 6-0

This was Alex's first singles match this season.  It looks like he'll be playing more for us this season now that Alexis is not eligible to play.  Alex even said how much he liked playing singles!  Great job today, Alex!

 

Andy's scores: 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7-1). This third match was the highlight of the match, because Andy was down 1-4, then 2-5, and made a huge comeback defeating Pelayo!  The entire team cheered Andy on, giving him more confidence as the match wore on. Andy even cracked a smile at one point!  As Andy remained steady and consistent, Pelayo broke down.  Great playing, Andy!

 

Doubles for Serra:

#1 - Colton/Nathan (subbed out with newbie Chris Armes in the second round)

#2 - Miranda/Kade

#3 - Cole/Ryan (subbed out with our other newbie Chris Lugardo in the third round)

 

For Morse:

#1 - Miller/Tanjaco

#2 - Caparzana/Espinoza (subbed out with Butar/Maran in the third round)

#3 - Pantig/Murillo (subbed out with Atienza/Millan in the third round)

 

Our doubles had a fantastic day on the courts, defeating all of the Tigers, 6-0!!

It was great to have our newbies, Chris and Chris, step up and play to gain experience and especially to see how it feels to win!

 

Thank you to SHS tennis alumni, Max Weishan (Class of 2012) to come out to cheer on the men of Serra Tennis. Our next match is against Valhalla at Serra at 4:00.

 

Thanks to the Tran Family for snacks : )

 

3/12/15:  After a very close match with the Henry Patriots, we came up short and lost, 8-10.  They had all the strong singles players and we dominated in doubles, but their strength over-powered us this time.

 

Serra's Singles Line-up:

#1 - Brandon

#2 - Joseph (subbed out with Andy in the third round)

#3 - Kenny

 

For the Patriots:

#1 - Osorno

#2 - Thomas

#3 - Foster

 

Brandon fought his way through every set, and did his best, winning only 1 out of 3, 2-6, 6-3, 3-6.  The most satisfying of all three, was defeating Thomas, like he did in League Finals last year!  It was great seeing Brandon get into Thomas' head!

 

Joseph played the "steady Eddie" game against Thomas and Foster, but they were just too powerful,  His scores were 1-6, 0-6, until Andy took on Osorno and lost, 1-6.

 

Kenny stayed in the entire match and kept his head in the match by trying to keep the ball in play, but his scores ended up being 0-6, 1-6, 0-6.  Hopefully our strategy will get them next time!

 

Doubles for Serra:

#1 - Our very own "Double A" team - Alexis/Alex

#2 - Miranda/Kade

#3 - Colton/Nathan (subbed out with Cole/Ryan in the second set)

 

Doubles for Henry:

#1 - Connor/Brandon

#2 - Bowers/Rahm

#3 - Dromgoole/Norris (subbed out with Andy in the second round, then subbed out with Alex in the third round)

 

Once again, our doubles did a fantastic job of fighting hard, enjoying their play time, and getting the wins!   "Double A" swept all three, 6-0, 6-0, 6-1!  With Alexis coming back from a short-term stomach bug, these wins were amazing!

 

Miranda/Kade also swept all three 6-2, 6-4, 6-4!  Their new doubles strategy is really paying off!

 

Colton/Nathan had fun winning their only set, 6-4 before turning it over to Cole/Ryan; they did all they could to fight, but lost both sets, 3-6, 3-6.  Great job getting games for the team in case we ended up tying!

 

This brings our record to 3-2.  Thank you Serra Tennis alumni, Sam Put (Class of 2009) for coming to the match today. Thank you to the Tran Family for snacks :)

 

Stay tuned to find out who/where we play next.   We might not play Morse on Tuesday, due to no team.

 

3/11/15:  It's always a fun match when we play Bonita Vista!  The competition is not always even, but the overall experience is a good one.  Our Conquistadors defeated the Barons 13-5, bringing our record to 3-1.

 

Serra's Singles Line-up:

#1 - Brandon Tran

#2 - Colton

#3 - Joseph (subbed out with Andy in the third set)

 

For Bonita Vista:

#1 - Mulic

#2 - Jugar

#3 - Hamilton

 

The #1 from Bonita, Mulic, is a transfer from Irvine, CA, and had some game!  He has played tournaments and had no trouble taking out all three of our singles players. He will do well in CIF, if he keeps his head together. Brandon lost to him, 1-6, then had to play Jugar, who also has tournament experience, but Brandon defeated him 6-1.  The Barons' #3 player had just barely learned how to play tennis, but he could keep the ball in play pretty well.  Brandon easily beat him 6-0.  Great job on the courts, Brandon!

 

It was Colton's 17th birthday today. He decided to help out the team by playing singles for us and had some really good points against Jugar, but Jugar was able to close-out the points to win the set.  Colton's scores were: 1-6, 6-0, 2-6.  Thanks for your contribution to the team, Colton!

 

Joseph got up his confidence to play singles again, and played really well! He defeated Hamilton 6-2, then had to play Mulic, where he lost 0-6.  Way to take on a positive attitude, Joseph!

 

Andy stepped in for Joseph, and played Jugar.  Taking each point nice and easy, with beautiful strokes,  Andy lost 1-6.  Good job, Andy!

 

Get the broom out because it was all about our doubles teams who swept the entire line-up, 9-0!!

 

Serra's Doubles Line-up:

#1 - Alex/Nathan

#2 - Miranda/Kade

#3 - Cole/Ryan

 

Bonita's Line-up:

#1 - Munoz/Jaiswal (subbed out with their TRUE #1 team, Lee/Hyun)

#2 - Vaca-Rivas/Tateishi

#3 - Tacher/McLellan

 

The Barons had quite a few new players in their doubles teams, so some of the calls were a little questionable, and one parent decided she was going to try and coach her son in Spanish, but all in all, the players were respectful and honest.  We were missing Alexis due to illness, so Nathan landed the #1 spot with Alex, and they had no trouble taking out all three teams, 6-2, 6-1, 6-1.  Good job working together, guys!!

 

Miranda/Kade took on a new strategy in their game plan, so they also did well beating all three teams, 6-2, 6-0, 6-0.  You guys sure looked like you were having fun out there!!  Awesome job!

 

Cole/Ryan were together in their first match, where Cole was back in his element, killing balls at the net, helping Ryan with his line calls ;), and  working the points so gracefully.  They easily defeated all three teams, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4.  Great job keeping your rhythm, guys!!

 

Our next match is at Serra vs. Patrick Henry.

 

Thanks to the Rij Family for the team snacks and birthday cupcakes :)

 

3/10/15: Our Conquistadors went out on the courts against Mira Mesa with high hopes of taking them down, but instead we took our first loss of the season, 7-11.

 

Serra's Singles Line-Up:

#1 - Brandon Tran

#2 - Nathan Tran

#3 - Joseph (subbed out by Kenny in the third round)

 

For the Marauders:

#1 - Shaw

#2 - Keerthipati

#3 - Nakanishi

 

Brandon did pretty well against the more experienced, Shaw, and got games off of him.  He then had to play Keerthipati, but just couldn't find his rhythm enough to beat him.  Finally, he went against Nakanishi, beating him pretty handedly.  His scores today: 2-6, 4-6, 6-1.

 

His younger brother, Nathan, filled our #2 position and did a fantastic job holding his own out there, never getting shut out!  He lost his first two sets 4-6, 1-6, and then defeated Nakanishi in a very close match, 7-6 (7-0)!  With a smile on his face, he walked off the court in sweet victory.

 

Joseph started in our #3 position, a little nervous about playing singles, but did very well holding long rallies and keeping the ball in play!  He lost both sets, 2-6, 0-6.  Kenny took over from there to play Shaw, but lost 0-6.

 

Serra's Doubles Line-Up:

#1 - Alexis/Alex

#2 - Colton/Cole

#3 - Miranda/Kade

 

For Mira Mesa:

#1 - Stitzel/Balderston

#2 - Truong/Vanhuang

#3 - Yandapalli/Clenista (subbed out with Castillo/Tran in the third round)

 

Our doubles were able to get more wins than our singles, but had a hard time doing it.  Mira Mesa's strong experienced players made it difficult for us to find the openings for each ball.  Overall, the losses were good...always close and always a fight!  Coach Dabney had to step in a few times to correct a couple of "wrongs" and line-judge to keep things honest.

 

Alexis/Alex had a very nice day at the office, sweeping all three, 6-2, 6-2, 6-0!  In the third set, Mira Mesa's Truong suffered an injury to his wrist and had to retire.

 

Colton/Cole were back together for the first time in a year, and had to find their rhythm again, so they lost their first set 3-6.  It all come together for them in their last two sets, winning 6-1, 6-0 easily.

 

Miranda/Kade struggled all day with their consistency, but still kept their heads high working every point.  All their scores were close, 4-6, 4-6, 3-6.  You'll get 'em next time, guys.

 

Thank you to the Miranda family for team snacks today :)

 

3/5/15: Today was the first Eastern League Match against the San Diego Cavers on our home turf, and our Conquistadors were pumped after their win against Vista yesterday!  Confidence was high, and everyone was ready to fight for their team today!!

 

Serra's Singles Line-up:

#1 Brandon Tran

#2 Andy (subbed out with Cole in the second round)

#3 Ryan

 

San Diego's Singles Line-up:

#1 Filipovich (a senior who was recruited from a nearby Charter School)

#2 Griffin

#3 Desmet

 

Our singles struggled a bit, as expected, against Filipovich.  Thankfully, he will be playing for only 1 year!!  He'll be moving on to Idaho State University next year.  Good luck to him!!  All of our players lost to him, 0-6, 0-6, 0-6.  As nice of a person he is...he is definitely a competitor!

 

Brandon ended up pulling off 2 wins against the other two: 6-4, 6-3, giving Serra the 10th win in the overall match!  Great (hard) work, Brandon!!!

 

Andy, Cole, and Ryan gave it their best, and were able to get us 6 games combined to assist with our win today!

 

Serra's Doubles Line-up:

#1 Alexis/Alex

#2 Colton/Nathan

#3 Miranda/Kade

 

San Diego's Doubles Line-up:

#1 Gezahegne/McKnight

#2 Bohl/Demer

#3 Crow/Agolt

 

Even with a new coach this year, their doubles teams were no match for us!  We almost swept their entire line up...with the exception of Colton/Nathan who went into a tie-break with Gezahegne/McKnight.  McKnight was clearly the weaker player, and we were attacking him until they figured out how to attack Nathan.  Once Coach Dabney encouraged Nathan to stand his ground, our guys began to come back.  With a HORRIBLE "out" call on us (the ball landed in the alley and their coach actually saw it and refused to over-rule it), our guys went down 4-7.

 

It was all good in the end because we ended up winning the match today, 10-8!!!

 

Everyone contributed to the win, giving us even more confidence as we enter our 2015 season!  Great job, everyone!!

 

Thank you to the Weishan Family for bringing the team snacks!  :)

 

3/4/15:  What an exciting start to a new season for Serra Tennis with a win against the Vista Panthers in a very close match!!!  Our Conquistadors ended up pulling off the 9-9 tie with 77-75 games overall!  Every game counted and our boys knew just how to do it.  We couldn't be more proud of a season opener.

 

On a side note:  Coach Dabney believes in special karma that lands on a team at random times, and feels like this year is going to be unusually good because the team has MANY DUPLICATES...there are 2 Chris', 2 Brandon's, 2 sets of twins, and 2 parents named Melissa!  There has to be something special about all that!!

 

It's always Vista's Mode of Operation to have us rotate DOWN in the match because it is their psychological way of letting you know that "You are going down".  This mentality never disturbs us because we understand that we are playing every player in round-robin style anyway.  So to be clear,  our #1 played their #1, then their #2, and then their #3. 

 

Serra's Singles Line-up:

#1 Brandon Tran

#2 Cole Smith

#3 Kenny Huynh (subbed out with Andy Huynh in the second round)

 

Vista's Singles Line-up:

#1 Valles

#2 Montes

#3 Sass

 

Brandon Tran came out fighting hard from the very beginning against Valles (who was seriously as tall as John Isner!), but ended up losing, 4-6.  Montes was nothing but a "pusher", which annoys Brandon so much, that he lost to him 2-6.  Brandon made a good come back by defeating Sass easily, 6-2.

Brandon was able to get just enough games to assist us with the win.  Great playing today, B!!

 

Cole stepped up in singles for us today, doing a similar job that Brandon did, losing to Valles 2-6, and Montes 1-6, but defeating Sass 6-3. Way to get games and prevent yourself from getting shut out by them, Cole!!

 

Kenny started out against Sass, defeating him 6-3, but after suffering from numbness in his hand, he retired.  Andy took over for him, losing to both Valles and Montes 0-6.

 

Serra's Doubles Line-up:

#1 Alexis Olea/Alex Weishan

#2 Colton Rij/Nathan Tran

#3 Brandon Miranda/Kade Stewart

 

Vista's Doubles Line-Up:

#1 Ramirez/Fabbrini

#2 Granza (subbed out by Vanderhoak in the second round)/Le

#3 Harris/VanGundy

 

Our doubles teams were able to win more than our singles, causing the overall tie, but it's noteworthy to mention that our #1 team of Olea/Weishan swept all three teams, 6-2, 6-0, 6-1.  (There ended up being a discussion about their 6-1 win because their score was reported a "6--2"...even though that one game didn't affect our win, it was significant in the overall game score.)

 

The team of Colton/Nathan is in its infancy and they're figuring out their rhythm in this early stage of the season, so they lost 2 out of 3 sets, 6-1, 5-7, 6-7 (4-7).  Not a bad day at the office on your first match!

 

The fun team of Miranda/Kade was like magic in the making!  They won 2 out of 3 sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4....laughing all the way.  This duo is all about the fun!

 

Congratulations on an amazing season opener win!

 

Thank you to the Armes' Family for supplying the team snacks :)

 

2/3/15:  Conquistadors, are you ready for tryouts?!  Be sure to check out the home page for all you need to know regarding the 2015 tryouts, scheduled for February 14th.

2014

5/21/14:  Please send all your positive energy toward Shayn & Cameron who face the #12 seed from Scripps Ranch High School, and Alexis & Alex who will play the #6 seed from Westview High School tomorrow in the 3rd round of CIF at the Barnes Center. Even though they will be playing top-seeded doubles teams in CIF, anything can happen on any given day!   So far the #10 seed has withdrawn!!  Go get 'em Conquistadors!!!

 

5/19/14:  Congratulations to our 6 tennis players who have qualified for CIF.  All singles and doubles will play tomorrow, TUESDAY, starting at noon. Wednesday will be a rest day. Those who have won on Tuesday will play on THURSDAY, starting at 1:00 at the Barnes Center.  Good luck to Shawn & Brandon in singles, and Shayn/Cameron & Alexis/Alex in doubles! Go Conquistadors!!

 

5/13/14: Congratulations to Cameron, Shayn, Alexis, Alex, Shawn, Brandon, & Jordan for making it to the third round of League Finals today! Good luck tomorrow, guys!

 

5/7/14:  Sadly, we lost today, but it wasn't because we played badly! We were amazing! La Costa Canyon is just too good and I wish them well in the rest of the tournament. As a team, it's been a fantastic season and I'm looking forward to next year already!  Next up for us is Eastern League Finals next week, where we should qualify a lot of our players into Individual CIF. Look for positive results!

 

5/6/14:  Our first round CIF match against Monte Vista ended the way we expected it to with Serra winning 13-5!!  The wind was a factor in the way we played today, but it didn't stop us from taking the lead right away.

 

Singles for Monte Vista:

#1 - Masicap

#2 - Reed

#3 - Plata

 

For Serra:

#1 - Shawn

#2 - Brandon

#3 - Jordan

 

The singles players for Monte Vista were pretty decent players who had good serves, nice ground strokes, and good game.  That came as a slight surprise so all of our losses were in singles.

The wind toyed with our psychological game some, so fighting it out became the main plan.  Overall, singles gave us the amount of points we needed to pull ahead in the match right away.

 

Scores:

Shawn - 6-0, 6-2, 6-0

Brandon - 1-6, 6-3, 0-6

Jordan - 1-6, 0-6, 3-6

 

As hard as it is to lose individually, the team win is what it was about today.  We're proud of you all for giving it a valiant effort out there!  Great job!

 

Our doubles teams were having a really fun time out there.  They all swept!  It was especially rewarding watching Monte Vista try and lob (which they are notorious for) and fail at it due to the wind!   We also took that element of their game away from them by pounding strong ground strokes back at them.  It was very nice hearing their coach say how good our #1 team was.  He's right!  Just sayin'...

 

Doubles for Monte Vista:

#1 - Magpayo/Dominguez

#2 - Martin/Davis

#3 - Gaddie/Duran

 

For Serra:

#1 - Shayn/Cameron

#2 - Alexis/Alex

#3 - Colton/Cole (subbed out with Kyle/Kade in the third round)

 

Scores:

Shayn/Cameron - 6-1, 6-1, 6-0

Alexis/Alex - 6-1, 6-1, 6-1

Colton/Cole - 6-0, 6-1

Kyle/Kade - 6-2

 

This win moves us on to the SECOND ROUND!!!  (What??  The second round again????!  The curse is gone!)

We will play La Costa Canyon tomorrow in Oceanside.  Wish us luck!

 

4/29/14:  Congratulations to our team for clinching the Eastern League Championship today!!

What a perfect ending to an exciting 2014 season, defeating Patrick Henry, 14-4!

 

We were all aware that wind and heat would be a huge factor in the way we played today, so the strategizing began early this week to combat those issues.  The team got out of their 6th period class so we could get over to Henry's campus and experience the brutal surroundings and get ready to play hard.  It took a good 45 minutes to acclimate ourselves the best we could.

 

Just before introductions, both teams exchanged line-ups.  (The new CIF rule states that we must exchange line-ups at the same time, for those who didn't know.)  We got a good look at their's and realized we may have a challenge on our hands.  During our discussion, the captains just reminded everyone to go out and do what we do best and not worry about who they had playing.  Dab tried to calm nerves, just like she did for the Point Loma match so everyone could focus.  In the end, it really didn't matter what positions their players were in!

 

Singles for the Patriots:

#1 - Thomas

#2 - Rosen

#3 - Dromgoole (subbed out with Staninger in the second round)

 

For the Conquistadors:

#1 - Shawn

#2 - Brandon (subbed out with Kyle in the third round)

#3 - Jordan

 

Shawn was looking forward to starting in our #1 position today, so he could take on Thomas, who he lost to in the last round, 2-6.  He wanted to make a huge statement by beating this guy in this round!  With hunger in his eyes, Shawn put his best foot forward, but Thomas really had a better game.  Shawn struggled all the way to the end and only got 3 games off him.  It could have been the different racket Shawn was using or the windy conditions.  Either way, Thomas came out ahead.  Thanks for a great effort, Shawn!!

Scores for Shawn: 3-6, 6-0, 6-0.

 

Brandon defeated Rosen pretty easily, 6-1, and then fought hard against Thomas. Not being able to get into a good rhythm,  he lost 1-6, before being subbed out with Kyle.  You've had a good season, Brandon!

 

Kyle had very little enthusiasm going out to play against Staninger, but did have the confidence to beat him.  He took him out pretty fast, 6-2.  Good job, Kyle!

 

Today's singles play was all about Jordan!!  He was the only player who swept all three singles, making us all very proud!  With his dad looking on, starting in the #3 spot seemed fitting because Jordan got a great warm up match, then got one that was a little harder, and then took on Mack Thomas (who he lost to in a tie-break last round).  Although the match was close once again, Jordan pulled it off 7-5!   His other scores were 6-0, 6-3.  This was a great exclamation point to the match.  Great playing today, Jordie!

 

Doubles for the Patriots:

#1 - Osorno/Brody

#2 - Faucher/Barron

#3 - Foster/Cooper

 

For our Conquistadors:

#1 - Shayn/Cameron

#2 - Alexis/Alex

#3 - Colton/Cole

 

Our doubles did another outstanding job of keeping their heads in the game, focusing on their game plan, and working together to get the job done.   Colton/Cole somehow had a weird "out of body experience" during a couple of their matches that they couldn't quite explain...however, they were the ones who clenched our 10th point of the match, giving us the official League Champ Title!  (Only because it took them sooooo long to defeat Faucher/Barron...just sayin'....)  Thank you, you two!

 

Alexis/Alex swept all three, as did Shayn/Cameron.  It was really fun watching our doubles teams go out and have fun, while competing in the conditions they were faced with.  It's so important for our competitors to learn this!!  Competition can be brutal and yet enjoyable at the same time.  Fantastic job from all of you today!

 

Scores for Shayn/Cameron: 6-3, 6-0, 6-4

Scores for Alexis/Alex: 6-3, 6-1, 6-4

Scores for Colton/Cole: 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 3-6

 

We are co-champions with Point Loma, but the win we had over them guarantees us a CIF first-round home match!  We would like you to all come out and support us at home on Tuesday, May 6 (time to be determined) to watch us win!  More information will be posted this weekend, so keep your eye out for details!  Team snacks were provided by a combination of our Serra families :)  Thank you to all of our families for contributing to team snacks this entire season!

 

League Record: 11-1

Overall Record: 15-2

 

4/24/14:  Our Conquistadors showed their power and strength again by overtaking Mira Mesa, 11-7!  With nerves a little on edge (due to not knowing what changes the Marauders had in store for us), we stayed steady and took each game one point at a time. 

 

Today was our last home match, which means it was SENIOR DAY!  We recognized our two graduating seniors, Shayn Lozano and Cameron Wilkinson, for their outstanding leadership and sportsmanship on our team.  We all wish them good luck as they enter their college journey!  We'll miss you both so much next year!

 

Singles for Mira Mesa:

#1 - Tristen Shaw

#2 - Nayeen Keerthipati

#3 - Eric Balderston

 

For Serra:

#1 - Brandon

#2 - Shawn

#3 - Jordan

 

Tristen was on his game today and defeated all 3 of our guys pretty handedly.  He is a good little player and deserved his wins today.  Brandon's only loss was to Tristen!  He did very well against the other two, using precision with his shots, utilizing a strong game plan, and having the determination to win.  You had great match-ups today, Brandon!

 

Shawn's only loss was also to Tristen, after losing to him in the last match in a tie-break.  It wasn't because Shawn played bad, it was because Tristen had the shot placement and knew how to attack Shawn's backhand.  The other two players were no match for Shawn, however!  Good job today, Shawn!

 

Jordan did a fantastic job against all three singles, remaining patient with the "pusher game" of Balderston, and hanging in there tough against Keerthipati, and getting 1 game off of Tristen.  Nice playing, Jordan!

 

Scores for Brandon: 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Scores for Shawn: 6-1, 6-0, 1-6.

Scores for Jordan: 6-2, 1-6, 4-6.

 

In doubles, we could tell that Mira Mesa really wanted to get us, because they changed up every single doubles team!  Dab wasn't worried because truth be told, all of their doubles players are similar in talent with each other.  Never the less, we came out fighting hard!

 

Our Captains/Seniors were pumped up and having a fun time, realizing this was their last home seasonal match.  They made the best of every point, by remaining positive and getting those shots in!  Great work on the courts today, guys!

 

Colton/Cole struggled today, but did their best to stay fired up.  Once Colton lost his composure by getting angry in the third set, Mira Mesa went in for the kill.  They lost 2 out of the 3 sets played, but it wasn't too bad for our overall score, since we had several singles wins.  Good effort today, guys, especially after Colton banged into the fence early on. 

 

Alexis/Alex did awesome against #3 and #1, defeating both of them.  Their toughest match was against the #2 team that loved to lob!  Getting sucked into that type of game hurts us, but it's really hard to defend.  Even so, "Double A" was able to get 3 games off of the #2!  Nice job with staying tough, guys!

 

Scores for Shayn/Cameron: 6-2, 6-2, 6-0.

Scores for Colton/Cole: 3-6, 6-1, 2-6.

Scores for Alexis/Alex: 6-2, 6-2, 3-6.

 

We have only 1 more match to complete our 2014 regular season, and it will be at Patrick Henry High School on Tuesday, 4/29 at 3:30pm.  If you can come by to give us support, we'd love to have you!  Thanks to Andy Huynh & family for team snacks at the match today :)

 

4/23/14:  Today's match against Grossmont High turned out to be as easy as we expected, and we defeated them, 16-2.  Even though they're in Division I, they have a new coach with a new vision who is rebuilding the program.  They will be a team to watch in the coming years.  Our captains decided to turn this match into a practice for tomorrow's Mira Mesa match, by reminding everyone to work on things they needed to improve so we could win.  The team, being in agreement, went out and played aggressively from the get go!

 

Singles for Grossmont:

#1 - J. Abarca

#2 - W. Sov

#3 - J. Nelson

 

For Serra:

#1 - Brandon

#2 - Shawn

#3 - Jordan

 

Our singles guys swept it all, not giving Grossmont any glimmer of hope!

 

Scores for Brandon: 6-1, 6-0, 6-2.

Scores for Shawn: 6-2, 6-0, 6-2.

Scores for Jordan: 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.

 

We're so proud of the way you all played today, showing confidence and strength!!  Great job!

 

Doubles for Grossmont:

#1 - Johnson/Li

#2 - Seward/Kan

#3 - Tejeda/Medel

 

For Serra:

#1 - Shayn/Cameron

#2 - Colton/Cole (subbed out with Kalvin/Kade in the second round, subbed out with Kyle/Kade in the third)

#3 - Alexis/Alex

 

The moment Grossmont's Johnson/Li stepped on to the court, it was Comedy Central!  They totally enjoyed their matches by realizing how much better we were, so they joked around to make it fun.  We spectators enjoyed the show!  Our doubles were doing very well on the visiting courts, so Dab subbed in to allow some players to get their 10 matches in for the season.  Although the subs lost, it was not detrimental to our overall score.  Shayn/Cameron swept, along with Alexis/Alex!  Colton/Cole won their only set before we subbed them out.

 

Scores for Shayn/Cameron: 6-0, 6-0, 6-1.

Scores for Colton/Cole: 6-0

Scores for Alexis/Alex: 6-1, 6-3, 6-1.

Score for Kalvin/Kade: 2-6

Score for Kyle/Kade: 2-6

 

Our overall record is now 13-2!  We're looking forward to an exciting match tomorrow against Mira Mesa at Serra, 3:30pm!  Come out and support us!  Thanks to the family of Shawn Tran for team snacks at today's match :)

 

4/22/14:  Our match against San Diego High today was nothing short of spectacular!  18-0!!  This was an unexpected surprise!  Our team went out with the attitude of "just play our best and take it one point at a time", and it worked to our advantage.  The Cavers changed their line-up from the last time we played them, which ended up being weaker than the time before. We kept our strongest line-up that proved to be a winning combination once again.

 

Our team has shown that not only do they have the experience to close out points, but they also have the skill to win every single game!  Today's win was an impressive exhibition of those two elements put together.

 

Singles for San Diego:

#1 - DeJesus (subbed out with Demer in the third round)

#2 - Gezahegne

#3 - Bohl

 

For Serra:

#1 - Brandon

#2 - Shawn

#3 - Jordan (subbed out with Kade in the third round)

 

Scores for Brandon:  6-3, 6-1, 6-2.  Defeating DeJesus was HUGE for Brandon!  We'll see how this impacts his seeding in League Finals.  So far, it looks pretty good!

 

Scores for Shawn: 6-2, 6-4, 6-4

 

Scores for Jordan: 7-5, 7-6 (10-8) "whew"!  Close matches for Jordie today, but he closed them out very well!

Score for Kade: 6-3.

 

Our singles have really stepped it up this season by learning more about single's strategy and knowing how to be mentally prepared for hanging in there all by themselves on the court.  Without their wins, we would be hanging on by a thread in this league.  Thank you guys, for your commitment and hard work that you put forth every day!

 

Doubles for San Diego:

#1 - McKnight/Desmet

#2 - O'Keefe/Shankar (seniors who were honored by their coach today)

#3 - Miranda/Crow (subbed out with Agoh/Welsch in the third round)

 

For Serra:

#1 - Shayn/Cameron

#2 - Alexis/Alex  (subbed out with Kyle/Kalvin in the third round)

#3 - Colton/Cole

 

We kept our starting doubles line-up in until we were absolutely sure we had secured the 10-point-win, and then subbed out; our doubles teams really know how to take care of business on the courts!

Toward the end of the match, there was a slight bit of controversy with San Diego's subbed players vs. our subbed players, when they felt distracted by our cheering parents.  Their players are freshmen, trying to gain experience, and had their nerves rattled by the large crowd.   After a short discussion with Coach Higgins, it all resolved with the players realizing that they are in charge of their game and their court.  This is something I coach my players to understand when they're intimidated by the fans, and in the end, those freshmen gained a new perspective on team sports.  It was a good talk with a positive resolution.

 

Scores for Shayn/Cameron: 6-1, 6-1, 6-0

 

Scores for Alexis/Alex: 6-1, 6-4

 

Scores for Colton/Cole: 6-0, 6-2, 6-2

 

Score for Kyle/Kalvin: 7-6 (10-8)

 

This win brings our record to 9-1 in League, and 12-2 overall.  Thanks to the Lozano family for team snacks at today's match :)

 

4/18/14:  (2 match recaps posted below)

 

Point Loma

 

Our Conquistadors got sweet revenge on our league rivals, Point Loma, by completely demolishing them 12-6!!  This is the second time we've defeated them since 2011 and we did it with style and dignity.  Our match against La Jolla proved to be profitable by preparing us for this epic match today. Our team was not only prepared, but relaxed, focused, and hungry to win! Point Loma didn't know what hit them after the first round of play was 4-2 in our favor! Some of their players were in shock over the score.

 

Singles for the Pointers:

#1 - Smith

#2 - Hanc

#3 - Thamma

 

For the Conquistadors:

#1 - Brandon

#2 - Jordan

#3 - Alex

 

Our singles did exactly what they were supposed to do by taking out Hanc.  Once that goal was met, it was all over.

Scores for Brandon - 0-6, 6-3, 0-6

Scores for Jordan - 7-6 (7-5), 0-6, 0-6

Scores for Alex - 0-6, 0-6, 6-1

What great attitudes from all of our guys after having to face the 2 toughest singles players in our league, and possibly in all of San Diego Section CIF!!  It's not an easy task to work that hard, lose 0-6, and still keep your composure to beat the #3...but you all did it!!  We're so proud of you!

 

Doubles for Pt. Loma:

#1 - Bermudez/Schuster

#2 - Nuevo/Klein

#3 - Omens/Meyer

 

For Serra:

#1 - Shayn/Cameron

#2 - Alexis/Shawn

#3 - Colton/Cole

 

Wow! Wow! Wow!  The doubles swept!!  What a far cry from the last time we faced this team.  We had made some major changes in our line-up after the last time we played the Pointers, which came as a huge surprise to Coach Truver.

After the first round of play, it was exciting to see how fired up our guys were!  Everyone was hitting shots like they were second nature to them.  Each team moved in rhythm, played in sync, and had very few unforced errors.  Truver continued to sit on the opposite side of the courts away from the spectators, barely even speaking to his team.  The assistant coach went out to coach maybe 3 times during the entire match, making this one of the smoothest matches we've ever had against them! At the completion of the second round, doubles were still going in for the kill with major points being scored and breaking their service game several times. By this time in the match, we were ahead, 8-4.  Doing our best to remain calm, the third round began.  Colton/Cole had won their third set, giving us point #9.  Shortly afterward, our seniors Shayn/Cameron pulled off a close 7-5 against Omens/Meyer, giving us the 10th point and clenching the win!!!  Tears flowing, parents and fans began hugging each other and silently cheering together.  Point Loma knew exactly what just happened and their demeanor quickly changed from "hope" to "despair".  It was a magical moment for our amazing Conquistadors. A couple of matches were still going, so we composed ourselves enough to cheer on the rest of the team who got 2 more sets, giving us a total of 12-6!  The only sets that the Pointers could pull off were from the two "golden boys" in singles.  The rest belonged to us!

 

Scores for Shayn/Cameron - 6-1, 6-1, 7-5

Scores for Alexis/Shawn - 6-0, 6-3, 6-4

Scores for Colton/Cole - 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

 

With today being "National High-Five Day", a huge HIGH-FIVE goes to Serra Tennis for keeping your head in the game and playing it YOUR WAY! 

 

A celebratory dinner at Round Table was in order.  We enjoyed re-living the experience along with good food!   

Only 4 matches remain in our 2014 season.  If we defeat the next 3 league teams, we will be league champions!

 

A huge THANK YOU to our extra players who didn't get the chance to play today...you guys showed an outstanding amount of support to those who played it out, and your sportsmanship, team spirit, and cheering was just as important as those who were out there!   This win belongs to you, also!

 

To everyone who came out to witness this amazing win, you're a super star in our eyes!  Thank you so much.  Thanks to Kenny Huynh & family for team snacks at the Point Loma home match :)

 

La Jolla

 

Knowing that most of our team had privately trained with La Jolla Coach, Matt Previdi, put us at a slight disadvantage because he knew what our team consisted of, but we had no idea what he had.  It was all good, even though we lost, 5-13.  We gave it our best shot and it felt a little like we had won with the great points played as well as getting those 5 wins!  For some strange reason, Serra remained put on the courts while La Jolla rotated.  Usually the home team stays while the visitor rotates.

 

Singles for La Jolla:

#1 - Hogan (subbed out with Cui in the third round)

#2 - Kim (subbed out with Losonczi in the second round, subbed out with Iuv in the third round)

#3 - Fudge

 

For Serra:

#1 - Brandon

#2 - Jordan

#3 - Alex

 

It was all about singles on the courts today!!  This was surprising since La Jolla is well known for having huge tournament players in the singles' courts.  This is where we won all of our 5 points.

 

Brandon lost 2 out of 3, with 2-6, 1-6, 6-3.  He felt good playing with these guys because they play with pace, forcing Brandon to elevate his game.  Great job sticking with them all, Brandon!

 

Jordan was on fire defeating all 3, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)! His confidence went through the roof after these wins!  Thanks for getting so many points for the team, Jordie!

 

Alex was playing singles to help prepare him for our match against Point Loma, and he got 1 out of 3 with 4-6, 0-6, 6-0!  Alex is learning how to be patient with his opponent until he can make the right move at the right time, and it appears to be working!  Good playing, Alex!

 

Doubles for La Jolla:

 

#1 - Kovacevic/Nikolic

 

#2 - Jarvis/Pieper

 

#3 - Vickers/Broido (Broido subbed out with Kellogg in the second round, who was subbed out with Le in the third.)

 

For Serra:

#1 - Shayn/Cameron

#2 - Alexis/Shawn

#3 - Colton/Cole

 

Our doubles teams were also preparing for our upcoming Point Loma match and had a lot of great points.  There were a couple of tie-breaks, but we couldn't finish them off and we lost all the doubles sets.   It didn't really matter because everyone felt like they played really well ~ very true.

 

Scores for Shayn/Cameron - 0-6, 6-7 (3-7), 3-6

Scores for Alexis/Shawn - 6-7 (9-11), 0-6, 1-6

Scores for Colton/Cole - 3-6, 3-6, 3-6

 

We will find out if this line-up and difficult match practice is enough to take down our rivals tomorrow!  Thanks to the Wilkinson family for team snacks at the La Jolla away match :)

 

4/13/14:  Last Thursday, our Conquistadors chalked up another win against Mission Bay 14-4, creating a 10-1 record!

 

Mission Bay once again had only 6 players, so they had 2 singles and 2 doubles teams.  We started off with 6 points before the match even began!

 

Singles for the Buccaneers:

#1 - Simon Glezer

#2 - Antoine Bourdairon

 

For our Conquistadors:

#1 - Alex

#2 - Brandon

#3 - Jordan

 

Alex had a good day on the court playing singles for the first time, defeating both players, 6-1, 6-1!  He figured out the weaknesses of each player and took complete advantage of them.  Good job, Alex!

 

Brandon did super well against Bourdairon, 6-0, but struggled a bit against Glezer, losing 4-6.  A few unforced errors cost Brandon points, making it difficult to recover.  Overall, Brandon played well!  Nice work, Brandon!

 

Jordan also did well against Bourdairon, defeating him with a close score of 7-5, and then lost to Glezer, 3-6.  Glezer gradually become more and more consistent as the match wore on, making it harder to get into rhythm.  Good work, Jordan!

 

Doubles for Mission Bay:

#1 - Tosh Knight/ Calahan Deneen

#2 - Don Tran/ Jacob Sapp

 

For Serra:

#1 - Kalvin/Kade

#2 - Andy/Joseph

#3 - Kenny/Bryan

 

Kalvin/Kade had a lot of fun out there, working every point the best they could and defeated both teams, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.  Deneen played singles in our last match, but it appears that he is a much better doubles player, making our matches more competitive today.

 

Andy/Joseph made their doubles debut and played really well together!  When the match got tough, they regrouped, remembered their strategy, and got back into their groove which got them more points.  They defeated #2, 6-0, but then lost in a close match to #1, 5-7.  These two guys make a great team!!  It was fun watching you play today.

 

Kenny/Bryan played in our #3 position, and Kenny quickly realized that he needed a "second" serve in order to get the ball in play, after several double faults.  After the adjustment, they beat #2, 6-3, and then lost to #1, 2-6.  Nicely done, guys!

 

Next week, we will meet our rivals, Point Loma at our house on Thursday at 3:30!  We encourage everyone to come out and support us as we do our best to take them down!!  Thanks to the Olea family for team snacks :)

 

4/8/14:    Today's 17-1 win against the Morse Tigers brings our Conquistadors to an impressive 9-1 record for the season!!

 

Coming back from Spring Break is never easy for athletes, but Serra was more than prepared for our match against Morse today when they played at our house!  Morse came in with a different line-up in both singles and doubles, but it did not detract from our own game plan.

Singles for Morse:

#1 - E. Aurelio

#2 - Macaspae

#3 - Layson

 

For Serra:

#1 - Shawn (subbed out in the second round by Kade)

#2 - Brandon

#3 - Jordan

 

The last time we played Morse, Shawn was not with us due to eligibility and injury issues, but this time was a different story.  Shawn came out with a vengeance against Aurelio and took him out 6-2!  Good job, Shawn!!  Being satisfied with that win, Dab subbed him out with Kade, who felt he could easily defeat Macaspae & Layson, so she allowed him to give it a try.  He was so confident, that he did exactly what he said he could do!  He took both of them out, 6-1, 6-4, respectively!  What a fantastic job, Kade!

 

Brandon showed his strength in singles, once again, by defeating all three, 6-0, 6-0, 7-5!  He went out to redeem himself against Aurelio, whom he lost to last time (6-7, (8-10)).  This was sweet revenge, Brandon!!  It was awesome to see you keep your composure on the court and do YOUR thing.

 

Jordan showed his strength in singles by winning 2 out of 3 sets: 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.  His match against Aurelio was very competitive, with Jordan being ahead 4-3 on the change-over, but Aurelio fought back really hard and got 3 straight games, defeating Jordie 6-4.  The battle was tough and the points went back and forth for a long time, all the while Aurelio was wearing Jordan down.  The good news is that Jordan got 2 more games off of him than the first time they played each other.  That's improvement!!  Good work, Jordan!

 

Doubles for Morse:

#1 - Pelayo/Pelayo

#2 - Pagtaconan/Yturralde

#3 - Vale/Seapno

 

For Serra:

#1 - Shayn/Cameron (subbed out in the second round by Bryan/Kyle)

#2 - Colton/Cole

#3 - Alexis/Alex

 

Shayn/Cameron got a bit of a surprise with these two brothers who were pretty decent players, but as always, our fighting seniors pulled it together and defeated them 6-3.  Bryan/Kyle stepped in to go after the other two doubles, and easily defeated them 6-2, 6-1.  After playing together only once this season, those were pretty awesome points and fun wins to watch!  Great job to our doubles teams!

 

Colton/Cole cruised through all of their matches by being in a syncopated rhythm, 6-1,

6-0, 6-0!  This is a doubles team to watch in our second half!!  They are confident, quick on their feet, and competitive.  You guys did a fine job for Serra today!

 

Alexis/Alex did what was expected of them, once again, by defeating all three 6-1, 6-0, 6-0.  It was cool to see them beat the #1 team 6-0 after the captains gave them advise on how to do it!   The overall teamwork is what seriously drives this team.  Good work, guys!

 

Our next stop is Mission Bay on Thursday at 3:30pm.

 

Thank you to all of our supporters for coming out!!  Today was a bit "warm" and windy, yet you still came.  It means so much to us! Thanks to the Paz family for team snacks :)

 

3/27/14:  Today's win against Patrick Henry gave us all another reason to be proud of our Conquistadors!  Henry went down, 12-6, concluding our first round of play with an 8-1 record!!

 

Singles for the Patriots:

#1 - Chad Osorno

#2 - Mack Thomas

#3 - Cliff Moore

 

For our Conquistadors:

#1 - Shawn

#2 - Brandon

#3 - Jordan

 

Singles had great matches all around with amazing rallies, creative shot placements, and a lot of "come-on's" because they were all pumped up.   Each set could've gone to either team, but overall, Patrick Henry pulled off 5 out of the 9 possible points.

 

Shawn had a rough time today, and was still able to win 2 out of the 3, but the shock was who he lost to!  In his first set against his friend, Chad, he was able to skim by with a tie-break win of 7-6 (8-6).  It was super close, but we were all relieved with this win.  Instead of a hand-shake at the end, they gave each other a brotherly hug.  Shawn then lost to Thomas, 2-6!  This was the surprise of the match, because Shawn had everything he needed to defeat him, but for some reason he couldn't pull it off.  To defeat #1 and then lose to #2 can really tear down your confidence, but Shawn came back strong against Moore, 6-3.  Good job battling it out, Shawn!

 

Brandon got only 1 out of 3, losing to #1 and #2, and defeating #3.  His scores were 4-6, 6-1, 2-6.  Again, Brandon had some great rallies with wonderful shots throughout his sets, but the other guys seemed to know how to close it all out.  Good job getting 1 win for us today, Brandon!

 

Jordan did what he needed to do by defeating #3.  He lost to #2, and #1.  A weird thing happened during Jordan's third match against #2, Thomas.  The score was 4-5 in favor of Thomas at the change-over.  Jordan won that game, making the score 5-5...or so we thought.  As the two of them continued to play, it appeared that they were playing a tie-break!  HUH??  Patrick Henry's coach, Tibbs, and Coach Dab came together to try and figure out what was going on.  They had agreed that if the players agreed to play a tie-break, then they could continue on with it.  But why were they playing a tie-break at 5-5???  In the end, Jordan lost that set.  When Dab asked Jordan about the score, he was baffled.  He hadn't even realized that they were at 5-5!  OMG.   Both coaches agreed to record the score as 6-7 (2-7), however the score was REALLY 5-6 (2-7).  Jordan's other scores were 6-3, 2-6.  Jordan and Dab are going to have a long-g-g chat.

 

Doubles for Patrick Henry:

#1 - Barron/Faucher

#2 - Bowers/Rahm (Their TRUE #1)

#3 - Foster/Rosen

 

For Serra:

#1 - Shayn/Cameron (subbed out with Bryan *aka Jake*/Kenny)

#2 - Alexis/Alex

#3 - Colton/Cole

 

Our doubles are nothing but A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!  They are the strongest doubles teams in the league!  Today was their way of proving it.

 

Shayn/Cameron had ultimate confidence going into today's match, having a great warm-up and neither player having any pain! :)  Shayn had just received word (5 minutes before our match) that he was accepted into HARVARD, causing his head to spin, just a bit... but he pulled it together enough to play very well.  They defeated #1 and #2 ~ 6-0, 6-4 respectively before Dab subbed them out.   "Jake" & Kenny were very nervous about going out to play, so they lost 0-6 to Henry's freshmen team.  It didn't really matter because we had already won the match.

 

Alexis/Alex went out there and did their thing sweeping all 3 ~ 6-4, 6-0, 6-3.  This duo works so well together that nothing will stop them from fighting for every single point!   Great wins today, guys!

 

Colton/Cole did just as well, sweeping all 3, 6-1, 6-2, 6-1!  This is another duo that is unstoppable!!  

 

Our match against Steele Canyon High School was cancelled due to rain and may or may not be re-scheduled.  It will all depend on each schools' schedules.  Stay tuned for updates on this match.

 

Thank you to all of our supporters for the "BROWN OUT" today!  It's always impressive to visiting teams when we have a huge support base and today was no exception.   Thank you to all of the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, girls tennis players, friends, and Serra Administrators for coming over to show your Serra Pride.  Parents from Patrick Henry were asking how we do it.  Our response:  We do it with love. 

 

Our next round of play begins right after Spring Break with a home match against Morse on Tuesday, 4/8.  We hope to see you there!  Thanks to the Weishan family for team snacks :)

 

3/25/14:  Our fighting Conquistadors demolished the Marauders of Mira Mesa, 14-4!  The satisfaction of beating a team that beat us twice last year is priceless.  Everyone on the team contributed to this win whole-heartedly, making the win even more sweet!

 

Singles for Mira Mesa:

#1 - Tristen Shaw (subbed out with Tai Luu in the third round)

#2 - Jorge Millan

#3 - Cyrus Stitzel (subbed out with Justin Clenista in the second round)

 

For Serra:

#1 - Shawn (subbed out with Kade in the third round)

#2 - Brandon

#3 - Jordan

 

After the first round of play, our team had put a major dent in the Marauders' confidence by taking them down, 5-1! The only loss was a close tie-break from Shawn against Tristen.  Shawn was down 1-4 and received a pep talk from Dab that helped him get the next 4 games in a row.  He was up 5-4 until Tristen started fighting back.  In the tie-break, Shawn somehow couldn't hold it together.  With several unforced errors, he lost 2-7.  It was a very good match to watch as each point continued to get longer and longer.  In the next set, Shawn began to experience some back and shoulder pain, but was able to pull off a 6-2 before retiring.   Kade took over from there, playing Jorge, going into many deuce points!  It didn't matter because Kade dominated with 6-1!  Shawn & Kade did exactly what we needed and did it well!

 

Brandon had a great day on the courts as well, sweeping all three!!   However, his win against Tristen is a little deceiving, because Tristen's legs were cramping.  After a medical time-out, he returned to the court to try and play it out but he limped off, retiring from the match.  Technically, Brandon gets a 6-0, but out of fairness to Tristen, we allowed him to keep his 2 winning games, making the score 6-2 for Brandon.  Brandon's other two scores were 6-0, 6-1.  These were great wins, Brandon!

 

Jordan also had a fantastic day, sweeping all three as well!  Tristen had retired before Jordan got to him but none-the-less, Jordan's scores were respectable with 6-1, 6-0, 6-1.   It was fun to see Jordan smile throughout the match today!

 

Doubles for Mira Mesa:

#1 - Truong/Kowluri

#2 - Dangoy/Balderson

#3 - Keerthipati/Nakanishi

 

For Serra:

#1 - Shayn/Cameron

#2 - Alexis/Alex

#3 - Colton/Cole

 

Shayn/Cameron had such a fun time out there, laughing, & enjoying the winning moments!  Cameron had suffered a slight back injury over the weekend, so we weren't sure how much physical pressure he could take.  He decided he felt strong enough to stay in the entire match and thank goodness he did!  They swept all three - 6-3, 6-2, 6-2!  It is so gratifying when our seniors step on to the court and do nothing but win.  Awesome job today, guys!

 

Alexis/Alex struggled a bit with both Truong/Kowluri and Keerthipati/Nakanisi.  It seemed like they were getting sucked into the opponent's game rather than sticking to their own game plan.  Once they got back on track of their own style and strategy, they picked up their momentum and got games.  Their scores were 7-5, 2-6, 3-6.  You'll see these teams again in a few weeks for another chance to beat them all!  With your enthusiasm, we believe you'll do it!  Nice work, "Double A"!

 

Colton/Cole took some time getting into their rhythm, but they eventually did, and got 2 out of 3 sets.  They lost to Truong/Kowluri in the third round of play.  Bear in mind that they had just finished playing the other two teams whose balls were slower, weaker, and not as skillful as the #1 team.  Truong/Kowluri had faster serves, volleys, overheads, and ground strokes so playing against that pace after playing two slower paced teams took some adjustment.  All in all, they did very well!  Their scores were 7-5, 6-4, 4-6.

 

This win makes our record 7-1!   The entire team is excited and motivated to keep this streak alive!

 

After our match, we made our traditional stop at In 'N Out Burger to celebrate our big win and bond with each other.  Pictures will be shared soon!   Thank you to our alumni for attending the match and sharing in this special moment with us ~ Cameron Rij and Jordan Wilkinson!  We appreciate your support so much!  Thanks to the Chau family for team snacks :)

 

3/20/14:  Our Conquistadors finished the week off right with a league win against the San Diego Cavers, 15-3!!  We showed confidence, strength, style, and class as we took the Cavers down.

Singles for San Diego:

#1 - Gabe De Jesus

#2 - Marlon Miranda

#3 - Jacques Desmet (subbed out with Sam Crow in the third round)

 

For the Q's:

#1 - Shawn

#2 - Brandon

#3 - Jordan

 

Clearly, Gabe De Jesus is the strongest player on their team, and he gave a couple of our players a good run.  Shawn had no difficulty with any of their singles, easily defeating them 6-3, 6-3, 6-1

Brandon had a good day winning 2 out of 3 sets, 6-2, 6-1, 2-6.

Jordan was in his element again today winning 2 out of 3 sets, 6-1, 2-6, 6-3.

 

Great job by all of our singles players today!  It's so nice to see smiles on your faces and a "pep in your step"!

 

Doubles for San Diego:

#1 - McKnight/Gezahegne

#2 - O'Keefe/Shankar

#3 - Agoh/Welsch (subbed out with Bohl/Demer in the third round)

 

For Serra:

#1 - Shayn/Cameron (subbed out with Kade/Kalvin in the third round)

#2 - Alexis/Alex

#3 - Colton/Cole

 

We almost swept the doubles with only one loss, but regardless of that, Coach Higgins was completely blindsided and disillusioned with our amazing performance!  He honestly believed that his team had the ability to beat us, but it didn't look like it from our perspective this afternoon.  Our teams dominated, even with our subbed-in team!

 

Shayn/Cameron worked their magic with easy wins of 6-3, 6-0.  Kade/Kalvin took it from there and had so much fun winning 6-2 against Bohl/Demer.

Alexis/Alex did another outstanding job of defeating all three, 6-2, 6-0, 6-4.  Going against the Cavers' #1 team taught them to focus on their own game and not the opponent's game.  This realization brought "Double A" back into their winning mode!

Colton/Cole, still getting back into their rhythm of playing together, had a good day.  Only 1 loss to the #1's isn't bad. Their scores were: 6-0, 2-6, 6-2.  Working to strengthen their mental game and communication is their goal for next week!

 

Serra is now 6-1!  Together we are strong!  Thanks to the Nguyen family for team snacks :)

 

3/19/14:  Sometimes we hear how weak Valhalla is and then they somehow find a way to beat us.  Not this year!  Our Serra Q's defeated them, 14-4!

 

Our captains created a new line-up that is sure to beat any team that gets in our way, and we've already started off strong with it.

 

Singles for Valhalla:

#1 - Bierman

#2 - Miller

#3 - Horton

 

For Serra:

#1 - Shawn (subbed out with Joseph in the third round)

#2 - Brandon

#3 - Jordan

 

Shawn came out and easily defeated Bierman & Horton, 6-3, 6-3.  Nicely done, Shawn!  Joseph made his varsity debut today by going out against Miller, where he held his own rallies really well and even got to deuce a few times!  Joseph just couldn't quite close out the points.  This was a chance for Joseph to gain experience and he did it with class.  Good work, Joseph!  Brandon had so much confidence when he entered the court, and got 2 out of 3 sets with 1-6, 6-1, 6-3.  It seemed like Miller was a tad bit better than Bierman, so Brandon struggled some.  Overall, those were good wins and Brandon did a great job!  Jordan started back in singles, where he loves to be!  His game plan was going well, but coming back after training as a doubles player these last few weeks takes a bit of adjustment.  He did very well, with 3-6, 1-6, 7-5.  Breaking down Bierman in the end was a satisfying accomplishment.  You made us proud, Jordie!

 

Doubles for Valhalla:

#1 - Adkins/Davis

#2 - Roehrich/Ropp

#3 - Hammel/Ellestad

 

For Serra:

#1 - Shayn/Cameron

#2 - Alexis/Alex (subbed out with Kade/Kalvin in the third round)

#3 - Colton/Cole (Colton was subbed out with Kyle in the second round)

 

As you can see, our strength in doubles returned this match!  Reuniting Shayn & Cameron and Colton & Cole was a welcome change and it truly made a difference today!  Our doubles swept!!

 

Shayn/Cameron's scores were 6-2, 6-0, 6-1.

Alexis/Alex made some adjustments on their serves and shots while dealing with the wind, and came out on top with 6-1, 6-2 before handing the baton off to Kade/Kalvin, who continued the winning streak with 6-1!

Colton is returning from a back injury and is working his way back slowly, so he only played one set.  He and Cole did it right with 6-1.  Kyle stepped into his place where he and Cole worked well together to bring it all home with 6-1, 6-2.

The nice thing about this year's team is that we can count on anyone at any time to step in and continue the winning flow. This was a confidence-booster for us today and it was fun doing it!  Thanks to the Smith family for team snacks :)

 

3/18/14  Point Loma wins, 12-6.  Our loss today was a big lesson in how to hold up under pressure.  Our singles players did exactly what they had been trained to do by defeating the Pointers' #3 player, which brought the score as close as we could get.  Our doubles teams had a difficult time getting into the rhythm of their own game, so the first round was a rough one.  They then pulled it together to get more wins in the next 2 rounds of play.

 

Singles for the Pointers:

#1 - Ivan Thamma

#2 - Keegan Smith

#3 - Ibrahim Mulic

 

For our Conquistadors:

#1 - Cole

#2 - Brandon

#3 - Shawn - subbed out with Kade in the second round

 

Coach Truver did what we had expected him to do by having our team rotate DOWN, which played perfectly into our plan.  Although Ivan & Keegan are amazing players, our guys held some pretty good rallies with them, making us very proud of their performances!

 

Cole's scores were: 0-6, 0-6, 6-3

Brandon's: 0-6, 6-2, 0-6

Shawn's: 6-2

Kade's: 0-6, 0-6

 

Doubles for Point Loma:

#1 - Bermudez/Schuster

#2 - Omens/Meyer

#3 - Nuevo/Klein - subbed out with Martinez/Sanchez in the third round

 

For Serra:

#1 - Alexis/Alex

#2 - Jordan/Cameron - Jordan was subbed out with Colton in the second round

#3 - Kyle/Shayn

 

Alexis/Alex's scores were: 0-6, 1-6 & then won the last set 6-3

 

Jordan/Cameron lost 1-6, then Colton/Cameron teamed up & won the next round, 6-3, before losing 3-6 in the final round.

 

Kyle/Shayn lost 4-6, 1-6, then won the last set 6-4

 

It was a tough loss, but we now know what we need to work on and get back on track to beat them next time!  Thanks to the Stewart family for team snacks :)

 

3/12/14  The Vista Panthers came to Serra for a match that would end with our Conquistadors on top, 11-7!  This was an awesome win for us because we've never beaten them before.  It looked like it was going to be close, but with a couple of strong wins from Brandon Tran, it wasn't close at all.

 

Singles for Vista:

#1 - Clay

#2 - Valles

#3 - Tintukasiri (A foreign exchange student from Thiland)

 

For Serra:

#1 - Brandon

#2 - Cole

#3 - Kade

 

The first round was tough for all of our singles players, with everyone experiencing a loss.  Brandon lost his first set 2-6 but did not lose hope in going after the other two players.  With fire in his eyes, he fought to the death with Valles, defeating him 7-5!  He took on Tintukusiri with confidence after his big win and defeated him 6-4.  Great job focusing on YOUR game, Brandon.  You made us all very proud.

 

Cole worked really hard on his mental game, trying to play point by point, which was working for a while.  He ended up losing all three sets, 4-6, 2-6, 0-6.  Keep working hard, Cole!  You're well on your way to beating everyone soon!

 

Today was Kade's debut as a singles player and held his own pretty well.  Even though he lost all three sets, his attitude, sportsmanship, and game play got us some very important games in case we ended up tying Vista, and was not once shut out!  His scores were 3-6, 1-6, 1-6.  We're looking forward to more of the same in the coming matches, Kade.  Great job!

 

As wonderful as our singles were, it was all about doubles today!  Coach Roybal knew what he was up against the moment our doubles started playing.  On our team we have what we call the "uh-oh" shot....well Coach Roybal had the "uh-oh" look on his face when we began to dominate!  In the end, we swept all three teams.

 

For Vista:

#1 - Grarza/Ramirez

#2 - Parque/Le

#3 - Fabbrini/Harris

 

For Serra:

#1 - Alexis/Alex

#2 - Jordan/Cameron

#3 - Kyle/Shayn

 

Alexis/Alex had a good start in the match, and then Grarza/Ramirez made a few horrible line calls, which robbed us of a few points.  It really didn't matter in the end because we clinched all three teams with 6-2, 6-1, 6-0.  This doubles team has truly earned their place as Serra's #1!  We're proud of the way you two work so well together to make it happen!

 

Jordan/Cameron were having way too much fun out there!  It looked like they were playing recreational tennis rather than competitive, with all the laughter that was resonating from them.  Their scores were 6-2, 6-1, 6-2.  This is another great combination that works well for Serra, and we can't wait for more wins from you guys!

 

Kyle/Shayn did really well in the first two sets, defeating them 6-0, 6-3.  They then had a bit of a struggle when they met Parque/Le.  They were down 0-3, and then made a slight come-back with 4-5.  After catching up, the set went into a tie-break, where Kyle/Shayn pulled off a 7-4 win!  "Whew!" By this time in the match, Captain Cameron had counted the overall games and discovered that we had already won if we had tied.  

 

Our Conquistadors are more than ready for the upcoming matches we're scheduled to play.  As expected, we're undefeated with a record of 4-0!!  Let's go, Serra!

 

A huge shout out to ALL of our loyal fans who came out to support us!!  Our bleachers have never been so full!  To our girls team members: Leah, Katrinna, Cassidy, Madison Shartel, Maxine, and Kim-Chi...thank you!  Several Serra students arrived after their team practices as well as all of the wonderful parents and family members, and our friend/tennis pro, Aurelie...you're all appreciated more than you know!  Thanks to Brandon Tran and family for team snacks :)

 

3/11/14  Today's match against Mission Bay was just another day at the office for our Conquistadors with a 14-4 win!

 

Earlier in the day, Coach Dabney received word that there would be 7 players for Mission Bay, but when they arrived at Serra, there were only 6.   They played with 2 singles and 2 doubles teams.

 

For the Buccaneers in singles:

#1 - Simon Glezer

#2 - Calahan Dineen

 

For Serra:

#1 - Brandon

#2 - Cole

#3 - Kalvin

 

Glezer is a strong player for Mission Bay, as he was last year.  He swept all three of our singles players today!  In the first set against Brandon, there seemed to be a bit of confusion with the score when Brandon was up 5-4.   Glezer was serving on the deuce side and Brandon thought he heard Glezer say, "15-40".  On the deuce side, this would make perfect sense!  During the point, Glezer hit the ball out of bounds, so Brandon rushed to the net to shake hands, only to find that Glezer did not agree with the score.  After some discussion, Brandon asked, "Then what's the score?" and Glezer responded with "15-40".  Glezer served (AGAIN) on the deuce side.  Brandon ended up losing that game and the next.  He really should have defeated Glezer 6-4, but instead lost 5-7.  You will get him next round, Brandon!!  Don't you worry.

 

Brandon defeated Dineen easily, 6-0.

 

Cole faced Dineen first and defeated him 6-1, then had to face Glezer, where he lost 2-6.

 

Kalvin had a rough day all around.  He started off by "warming-up" with Dineen until Dab reminded him there was no warm-up in the second set.  He was beating Dineen 3-0, but somehow had so many unforced errors and double faults that he lost 3-6!  Dineen got 6 STRAIGHT GAMES off of Kalvin!

 

We knew their singles would be a little tough based on last year's scores, so all of our guys gave it a good effort today.

 

Doubles for Mission Bay:

#1 - Tran/Tran (brothers, we think)

#2 - Sapp/Knight

 

For Serra:

 

#1 - Olea/Weishan

 

#2 - Wilkinson/Nguyen

 

#3 - Lozano/Dreher

 

 

Something was a bit funny with Mission Bay's #1 team, because every time one of them missed a shot, or double faulted, or made any kind of mistake, they would yell at each other! They HAD to be brothers to behave in this manner.  All of our doubles team defeated both of their teams 6-0, 6-0.

 

We used today's match to work on parts of our game that would hopefully help us pull off future wins!  With this being our first home match, each doubles team practiced on the court where they would be playing on tomorrow, as well as worked on certain strategies that would be used.

 

Thank you to all of the parents who came out to support us as well as Serra students and former player, Cory Lozano!!  Everyone's presence makes a huge difference for our team.   We are now 3-0!  Thanks to the Rij family for team snacks (& yummy cupcakes for Colton's birthday)   :)

 

3/6/14:  Today's first league match of the season took place at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park against the Morse Tigers.  Our Conquistadors came out fighting strong, defeating the Tigers 14-4!

 

Our pre-season preparations showed through the moment we set foot on the opponent's territory when the first round of play was 5-1!  It was all downhill from there for Morse.  We used NO-AD scoring due to the club members needing the courts at a certain time.  This had a slight affect on our scores.

 

Singles for the Tigers:

#1. Emilio Aurelio

#2. Robert Scapno

#3. Manglo Zuriel

 

For the Conquistadors:

#1. Brandon Tran

#2. Cole Smith

#3. Jordan Nguyen

 

Brandon started his match out, knowing that he had something to prove after losing to Emilio 5-7 last year.  Emilio was not going to give up one single point without Brandon working for it.  The score teetered back and forth with each player making great shots and then unforced errors.  It finally got down to 6-6 and a tie-break, which also teetered back and forth.  In the end, Brandon lost 8-10.  It was so close, but Brandon commented that he had difficulty closing out his deuce points.  He then went on to easily defeat Scapno and Zuriel 6-0, 6-0.  You gave us some outstanding tennis to watch today, Brandon!!  You'll get him next time.

 

Cole also battled against Emilio, but lost 2-6.  He also defeated the other two, 6-0, 6-0.   Emilio is a tough competitor!  Great job, Cole!

 

Jordan was up next, but Emilio took him out, 2-6.  Jordan also easily defeated the other two 6-0, 6-0.  Thanks for the effort today, Jordie!

 

Our doubles teams came out and did exactly what was expected of them, although they didn't quite sweep.  They came close, but the #1 team from Morse was a decent pair!

 

Doubles for Morse:

#1. Wilson/Veil

#2. Winsley/Yturralde

#3. Erickson/Vale

 

For Serra:

#1. Alexis/Alex

#2. Shayn/Kyle

#3. Cameron/Kalvin

 

With full steam ahead, our doubles played with all the strength they could muster up, even though Morse fought back with some incredible shots occasionally.

 

Alexis/Alex scored 6-2, 6-0, 6-3.  Only a few unforced errors gave the other teams their points, but this doubles team swept with credibility!  Great job, guys!

 

Shayn/Kyle also swept, 6-2, 6-4, 6-1.  Wilson/Veil gave them a bit of trouble, but they pulled it off with a nice win.  Way to make us proud, guys!

 

Cameron/Kalvin did really well against Erickson/Vale and Winsley/Yturralde, 6-2, 6-1.  They struggled against Wilson/Veil and were down 1-4.  With a good come back, they were able to get 3 more games, but eventually lost 4-6.  As disappointing as this may seem, this doubles team has fire in their eyes and we expect that this won't happen the next time we face the Tigers! 

 

Everyone showed how well they've been preparing for this season with outstanding serves, amazing ground strokes, fantastic volleys, and great game play!  We are now 2-0...let's keep it going, Serra!  Thanks to the Dreher family for team snacks today :)

 

3/5/14:  Today marked the beginning of Serra's 2014 season, with an easy win over the Bonita Vista Barons, 16-2!

 

Many of our new players were able to shake off their "first-game-anxiety" by going out on the courts and giving it their all, while our returners took advantage of their own experience by working through every point methodically.

 

Singles for the Barons:

#1. D. Ortuno

#2. B. Wong

#3. J. Vaca-Rivas

 

For Serra:

#1. Brandon Tran

#2. Cole Smith

#3. Kade Stewart (in for the absent Jordan Nguyen)

 

Brandon showed his level of experience by defeating all three singles, 6-3, 6-0, 6-4.  This is Brandon's third year on the team and his first time playing in our #1 singles position.  What an amazing start to a winning season, Brandon!

 

Cole played mostly doubles for us last year, but really showed an interest in playing singles, so Coach Dabney allowed him to start in our #2 position.  Dab, along with the rest of the team, was not disappointed with Cole's results!  He defeated all three with 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, 6-1.  Nicely done, Cole!  We're all looking forward to more wins in your singles game this year.

 

Kade did an outstanding job by keeping the ball in play!  He defeated #3, 6-1, then lost the next two, 4-6, 5-6 (0-7).  The strange score against their #1 had to do with the lack of daylight.  Kade and Ortuno started very late in the day and in the second game of the set, they went to DEUCE for at least 20 minutes!  Ortuno finally pulled off that game, when Coach Lanahan and Dab both agreed to have them play with NO-AD scoring because the sun was quickly setting.  When the score got to 5-5, the coaches decided to have them play a tie-break, just to move the match along. Not only was this the longest match to watch, but also the most exciting.  Ortuno pulled it off and both players showed mutual respect for each other at the end.

 

Doubles for the Barons:

#1. M. Hyun/Maldonado

#2. Jugar/Mulellan

#3. Garciabueno (subbed out with Lee in the second set)/Kucinski

 

For Serra:

#1. Alex Weishan/Alexis Olea

#2. Kyle Dreher/Shayn Lozano (subbed out with Bryan Chau in the third set)

#3. Kalvin Lam/Cameron Wilkinson

 

It's always a thrill when we get to report that our doubles teams totally swept, and today is no exception!!  There were only a few struggling moments, but overall the partners each found a way to work out the bugs and get the job done.  With this being the first match of the season, our new doubles teams needed this time to figure each other out and get their shots in.  Everyone settled down enough after the first set to do just that.

 

Alex/Alexis' scores were 6-4, 6-0, 6-0.  Fantastic job, guys!! We're looking for more of the same the rest of the season.

 

Kyle/Shayn's scores were 6-2, 6-2.  After Bryan stepped in, it was 6-2.  It's great to know that any member of the team can step up and do just as good a job as the starter!

 

Kalvin/Cameron's scores were 6-2, 6-4, 6-3.  With a little more time together, these two will get a rhythm that will be difficult to even score against.

 

Great job by everyone!  It was a fun way to start off the year and we can't wait for more of the same!  Thanks to the Lam family for team snacks today :)

2013

4/30/13:  Today's individual league finals play-offs to qualify for CIF was exciting!  Our Conquistadors showed that not only are they strong, but they're mighty as well! Not one of our players went out without a fight, and none of them was bageled.

 

Seeds In Singles:

#1 - Gareri (PL)

#2 - Cramer (PL)

#3 - Dring (PL)

#4 - Pinon (SD)

#5 - Tran (S)

#6 - Cauchon-De Jesus (SD)

#7 - Osorno (PH)

#8 - Sumnicht (PH)

 

Shawn had a BYE in the first round, so he ended up playing Young (PL) in the second round.  With 2 out of 3 sets, Shawn beat him easily, 6-3, 6-2.  Tomorrow, Shawn will face Pinon (SD) for his bid to CIF.  Good luck, Shawn!!

 

Miranda's draw had him playing against Truong (MM), and he defeated him in an 8 game pro-set 8-5!  This gave Miranda the chance to play against Kasey Dring (PL), which was an amazing match to watch.  Miranda had Dring so angry, he started yelling out things that didn't even make sense!  Miranda ended up losing 3-6, 3-6, which was a very respectable score against this Point Loma "hot head".  Dab was very proud of the way he played and the scores he earned!  Nice way to end the season, Miranda!

 

Our other singles player was David, who got really lucky in the first round when his opponent defaulted!  That was Howell (SD).  David slid by to play against the #7 seed, Osorno.  David's serves had improved 100% over the course of the season and it showed well in this match!  David kept the points really long, exhausting Chad, and making extremely smart shots as he came to the net.  Chad slowly fell apart and David got the BIGGEST UPSET IN THE DRAW!!  He defeated Osorno 5-7, 7-6 (10-8), 6-2!  He will now move on to play Cramer tomorrow afternoon.  If he beats him, he gets his bid to CIF.  If he loses, he will play in the Back Draw for our league's 5th entry.  Good luck, David and great playing today!!

 

Seeds in Doubles:

#1 - Honig/Gross (PH)

#2 - Donahue/Shaw (MM) - their #1 & #2 singles players

#3 - Lozano/Wilkinson (S)

#4 - DeFreitas/Saunders (PL)

#5 - Tran/Kowluri (MM)

#6 - Beutler/Martinez (PL)

#7 - Olea/Tran (S)

#8 - Blair/McKnight (SD)

 

The draw that Cole/Colton received was decent.  They played Macaspac/Patton (MM) and easily defeated them in an 8 game pro-set, 8-2.  They went on to play the #5 seed from Mira Mesa, who had a game plan to simply pound the ball as hard as they could at our players while they both stood at the baseline.  That proved to be a good move because Cole/Colton had difficulty defending themselves.  They ended up losing 3-6, 2-6.  It was a competitive match, but we were sad to see our boys lose to them.  Next year will be better, guys!  Good job playing classy!

 

Shayn/Cameron got through pretty easily, playing against Morse's Yturralde/Pelayo, defeating them 6-2, 6-1.  With Cameron's stomach muscle bothering him, he used an underhand serve that proved to be effective, not having it broken once!   Tomorrow they'll play Bowers/Thomas (PH) for their bid to CIF. If they win, they'll play either Alexis/Brandon Tran or Donahue/Shaw (MM).  Good luck, guys!  It looks like you're having fun out there!!

 

Alexis/Brandon had a bit of a struggle in their first set against Griffin/Shankar (SD), because we all know that they always need a set to warm-up and get in their groove.  They lost the first set 5-7, giving San Diego hope and confidence.  But as usual, they dominated the next 2 sets, 6-1, 6-2.  Tomorrow they will play Donahue/Shaw (MM) to qualify for CIF.  If they win, they'll most likely play Shayn/Cameron. 

 

We have 2 singles and 2 doubles still in!!  Let's get you all into CIF!  Let's go, Serra!!!

 

Thank you to Mrs. Wilkinson for providing snacks :)

 

4/24/13:  This was our last match of the season and sadly, we went down hard with a 4-14 loss to Vista High School.  It was very competitive, but with 2 of our major players sitting out, we did the best we could with who we had on the courts.

The Vista coach said they got really lucky by having two brothers transfer over from Rancho Buena Vista this year, giving them the edge they've needed to win more matches.  The weather was perfect for playing tennis!!  No wind, no sun, and low temperatures made it nice for the players to focus on their game.

 

Singles for the Panthers:

#1 - G. Clay

#2 - C. Clay

#3 - C. Crowe

 

For our Conquistadors:

#1 - Shawn

#2 - Jordan (subbed out with Miranda in the third round)

#3 - Colton

 

Shawn came out confident and strong as he took on the senior brother, G. Clay, beating him easily 6-2!  He then went on to play the junior brother, but had a harder time because this brother was clearly better.  Shawn lost to him 1-6.  Vista's #3 was not as experienced, so Shawn defeated him 6-0.   Shawn's spirit and great attitude made us proud that he plays for our side!

 

Jordan got a lot of games for us in case we tied, but he ended up losing both of his matches, 2-6 to J. Clay, and 6-7 (3-7) to Crowe.  Miranda went in to play against the senior Clay and had a really good game that Clay was super impressed with, but still lost 1-6.  Thanks Jordan and Miranda for your positive attitudes!

 

Colton held his temper in check while playing these tough competitors, even though he lost 4-6, 0-6, 1-6.  Great job representing Serra, Colton!

 

Doubles for Vista:

#1 - Hamilton/Greim

#2 - McMaster/Truhlar

#3 - Montes/Granza (It was Granza's birthday today!)

 

For Serra:

#1 - David/Cameron

#2 - Alexis/Brandon

#3 - Bryan (AKA Jake)/John

 

We all had high hopes for our doubles teams, knowing how hard we prepared the day before.  Realizing that Vista loves to double-team at the net and always cover the middle, we knew how to defend ourselves!  At least we thought...

 

David/Cameron were both serving well, hitting winning shots, and showed off outstanding strategy, but felt cheated by line calls.  Coach Dabney came over to line judge, and magically, David/Cameron were getting games!  Their last game went to deuce 5 times, when it finally got down to "AD OUT", and Hamilton/Greim hit a defending lob at the net where Cameron was waiting.  As the ball was descending right into Cam's strike zone, the opponents backed up to their baseline, Cam pulled his racket back, and swung for an overhead winner ... but then missed the ball!  We all had a good laugh.  Nice words were exchanged at the net.  They lost that set 2-6.  They moved down to the #3's where they won 6-0.  With confidence high, they headed for the #2's.  This was a battle that ended in Vista's favor, 5-7.  David/Cameron were ahead 4-1, when McMaster/Truhlar made a magnificent comeback to win. This match was a bit sentimental with this being David's last with us.  It was awesome watching he and Cameron work together.

 

Jake/John had a great time together, and they were magical!  The opponents could not believe how well these two could get the ball back!  We tried a slightly different plan by having John (our lefty) play on the right side while Jake was on the left.  That way the middle of the court was taken care of - like the Bryan Brothers do!  It worked well for them.  They lost all three sets, but it sure looked like they were winning by the way they played!  Jake chases down every ball, and John's serves were amazing.  Their scores were 1-6, 3-6, 3-6.  Good job working hard for us, guys!

 

When it was time for our team cheer, our captain suggested we yell HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Granza (although we honestly didn't know his name), so we put our hands together and yelled "happy birthday!".  Granza rose his hands in the air and gave us a huge smile!  It's so amazing being part of a team that thinks of other people.  :)

 

This match makes our overall record 9-7.  It's not the greatest record going into CIF, but with our strength of schedule, it will be enough.

 

Next up: League Finals starting on Tuesday, 4/30.  We are allowed to enter 4 singles and 4 doubles, based on those who have played at least 50% of league matches and 10 matches overall.  We'll be taking the following players:

Singles:

Shawn (18-8), David (5-7), Miranda (3-9)

Doubles:

Shayn/Cameron (14-1), Alexis/Brandon (19-10), Cole/Colton (15-6), John/Jordan (no record)

 

 

The top 5 singles and 5 doubles will qualify for Individual CIF! Good luck to everyone!!

 

Team CIF starts the week of May 6.  Look for us in the play-offs!!!  Thanks to the family of Shawn Tran for snacks!  :)

 

4/18/13: It was our turn to travel to Mission Bay High School for our final Eastern League match of the season.  We took only 9 players, knowing that they wouldn't have a full squad.

 

Singles for Mission Bay:

#1 - Glezer

#2 - Dineen

 

For Serra:

#1 - Shawn

#2 - Shayn (subbed out with John in the second round)

#3 - David

 

Shawn had a good time working for his points against Glezer, who got everything back!  Shawn got through with 6-4, and then went on to defeat Dineen 6-0.

 

Shayn defeated Dineen 6-4.  John took over for Shayn and lost to Glezer 0-6.

 

David defeated Dineen 6-0 easily, and then lost to Glezer 4-6.

 

Doubles for Mission Bay:

 

#1 - Sapp/Manoury

 

 

For Serra:

 

#1 - Alexis/Brandon Tran

 

#2 - Cole/Colton

 

#3 - Andy/Hoang

 

 

Alexis/Brandon beat them 6-0, and Colton/Cole beat them 6-1.  But the highlight of the match was watching Andy/Hoang play together!  The points were close, as was the score.  Andy had a great serve while Hoang showed off his volleying skills at the net!  The only issue was that EVERYONE was forgetting the score!!  Dab was keeping track for a while, when Shawn called her away.  When she returned, the score was a mess.  Mission Bay kept going back to deuce, ad in, over and over, even after Andy/Hoang had won 2 straight points! They ended up losing 4-6.  It was a good battle of the wills and we were all proud to watch them play.  They represented us very well!

 

With all the defaulted matches from Mission Bay, we won 15-3.  This makes our league record 7-5, and overall 9-6.  Thanks to the family of Jordan Nguyen for snacks!  :)

 

4/16/13:  Our Serra Conquistadors hosted the Morse Tigers and defeated them easily, 11-7! With this being Clay Johnson's final season as head coach at Morse, we're sure he was looking for a win, especially since all of his players have improved so much over this last year.  Serra had another plan by coming out strong and steady from the very first serve.

 

Singles for Morse:

#1 - De Los Santos

#2 - Awrelio

#3 - Macaspac

 

For Serra:

#1 - Shawn (subbed out with Kade in the third round)

#2 - Brandon Tran

#3 - Alexis (subbed out with Brandon Miranda in the third round)

 

Shawn performed his magic again, not letting Morse get the upperhand and defeating De Los Santos and Awrelio 6-2, 6-2.  Shawn's strokes were pure perfection, hitting deep corner shots, angled drop shots, and beautiful down the line shots all day long!  Great wins today, Shawn!

 

Kade took over for Shawn, having the desire to take on Macaspac!  He went out with fire in his eyes with the hope of winning!  The match remained close until Kade broke him and won 2 straight games.  At 5-4, all he needed was one more game.  But Macaspac broke back and then held serve.  Kade had the opportunity to get to a tie-break, but Macaspac had a great service game and Kade lost 5-7.  What a fantastic effort, Kade.  Good job hanging with this "lefty"!

 

Brandon Tran returned to his comfort zone in singles today, enjoying the long rallies and singles strategies again. He had a slow start against Awrelio, and lost 5-7, but made a huge come back with Macaspac with 6-0!  He then had the confidence to take on De Los Santos in the third round.  Keeping his head in the game,  he defeated him 6-2!!  That was an amazing set!  Great to see you back in singles, Tran!

 

Alexis had fun in singles, but admitted that he really enjoys doubles more!   He defeated Macaspac 6-2, and barely lost to De Los Santos 5-7.  His confidence in serving was evident, but having control of the entire court is not his cup of tea.  It was fun watching you play, Alexis!

 

Brandon Miranda subbed in for Alexis and decided that Awrelio was definitely beatable.  The match remained close, mostly because both players had a similar game!  Long rallies ensued the entire time as both players remained on serve.  The pressure was on with deuce after deuce after deuce during 5-5.  Finally, Awrelio broke free to get the 6-5.  In the last set, Miranda couldn't hold on much longer and lost 5-7.  It was a good match between 2 similar types of players!

 

Doubles for Morse:

#1 - Leano/Gamboa

#2 - Martinez/Vido

#3 - Yturralde/Wesley

 

For Serra:

#1 - Bryan (AKA: Jake)/Shayn

#2 - Cole/Colton (subbed out with David/John in the third set)

#3 - Kalvin/Jordan

 

With Cameron sitting out due to a pulled abdomen muscle, Jake stepped up as Shayn's partner, not only to play well, but to SWEEP all three!!  Together they had all the makings of a winning combination ~ footwork, communication, serves, and shot placement.   Their scores were 6-0, 6-2, 6-1!  It doesn't get any better than that with a "newbie" by your side.  Great work today, guys!

 

Cole/Colton were strong together again, getting 6-3, 6-2.  They have their eyes on getting through the draw in league finals with the hope of making it to CIF. They're well on their way!

 

 

David/John wanted to take on the #1's, Leano/Gamboa, so with their confidence (and egos) high, they went out and did the best they could.  All excuses aside, they lost 4-6.

 

Kalvin/Jordan had the time of their lives on the courts!  Jordan took the lead on communicating and directing Kalvin through, since this was only Kalvin's third match of the season.  There was immediate trust as they started off defeating the #3's with 6-3!  They then had to face #1, and struggled some, but still came out with a respectable score of 4-6.  By the time #2 arrived, they had lost a little confidence, but still did well with 3-6.  Great job working together, guys, especially since you hadn't played together before!

 

We would like to wish Coach Clay the best of luck in his retirement.

 

Our league record is 6-5.  Overall is 8-6.

 

4/11/13:  Today's word of the day: "WOW!"  Defeating Patrick Henry with 11-7 really boosted our confidence and rose our level of play, preparing us for Team CIF!  This time around, we had the singles players to pull off enough wins which really helped relieving our doubles from the full burden.

 

Singles line up for the Patriots:

#1 - Osorno

#2 - Sumnicht

#3 - Slaymaker

 

For Serra:

#1 - Shawn

#2 - Jordan

#3 - David

 

Today, Shawn had a fantastic day on the courts, with complete focus, confidence, and shot placement, he pulled off a sweep with 6-3, 6-3, 6-0!  Great playing, Shawn!!

 

Jordan also had a great day by not getting bagled once!  He lost all three, but not without a fight.  If it had come down to a tie, Jordan did what he needed to prevent Patrick Henry from winning on games only.  His scores were 3-6, 1-6, 2-6.  Way to get games off Osorno, Jordie!!

 

David went out, realizing that singles is his best game, fighting for every point, adjusting his serve when needed, and coming to the net to change things up.  He got 2 out of 3 sets with 6-3, 1-6, 6-4.  Way to go, David!

 

Doubles for Henry:

#1 - Seniors Honig/Gross

#2 - Sheedy/Cooper

#3 - Bowers/Thomas

 

For our Conquistadors:

#1 - Shayn/Cameron

#2 - Alexis/Brandon Tran

#3 - Cole/Colton

 

What an emotional match for our doubles teams all day long.  Fighting off their own anger, frustration, and disappointment, they were still the dominant factor in this match.

 

Shayn/Cameron came out with elation and anticipation of defeating all three Henry teams, but came against Honig/Gross (who, by the way have defeated all the same doubles teams in the league that Shayn/Cameron have defeated).  Honig/Gross had something special that got them to figure out our guys' style immediately and took complete advantage.  Cameron got extremely angry, affecting his shot placement, causing many unforced errors.  After being down in points, they couldn't find the rhythm they needed to come back like they did on Tuesday against Mira Mesa.  They took a loss with 2-6. After returning to the courts from their 5 minute break, they got the next two, 6-1, 6-2 easily.  Our mental game is 90% of the total strategy.  Good job coming back, guys!

 

Alexis/Brandon had a much better game plan than the last time we faced the Patriots.  Certain parts of their game were worked on during practice, which really showed in their matches today.  Practice makes perfect!  They beat the #2, and #3 teams 6-4, 6-1, but then had to face Honig/Gross in the final round.  They held their own pretty well, until Gross discovered his volley.  Alexis/Brandon lost to them respectably, 3-6.  Outstanding job of putting what you've practiced into your game, gentlemen!

 

Finally, Cole/Colton had a taste of "humble pie", when they realized they need to listen to their coach during match play.  They got 2 out of 3 sets with 7-5, 5-7, 6-2!  You guys play well together, but as freshmen, it's going to take more experience to defeat seniors from other teams. Great work doing your best to fight for every point and never giving up.

 

Our league record is 5-5. Overall is 7-6.  There's still hope of making it to CIF playoffs!  Thanks to the family of Hoang Nguyen for snacks!  :)

 

4/9/13: Our fight with Mira Mesa H.S. came up just a bit short with a score of 7-11.  Thankfully, our main goal was not to get the team win, although it would've been icing on the cake, but rather getting individual records ready for League Finals is what drove us through this match.  We rotated their team DOWN to help give our doubles teams a slight advantage.

 

Singles for the Marauders:

#1 - Jesse Donahue

#2 - Tristen Shaw

#3 - Dominic Tran

 

For Serra:

#1 - Shawn

#2 - Jordan

#3 - John

 

All of our singles showed themselves off very well throughout their matches, and got games!  Shawn played really well, but was only able to pull off 1 out of 3 with 4-6, 5-7, 6-2.  Beating Tristen was a huge win for him!  Once he got into his groove, Shawn played the type of game he loves to play.

 

Jordan lost all 3, but he gave Dominic a big scare!  His scores were 0-6, 2-6, 3-6.  Jordan has beautiful strokes and the patience of an animal on the prowl.  Getting strategies down will truly help him improve.

 

John worked on improving shots and getting his first serves in and had decent scores with 1-6, 1-6, 0-6.

 

Doubles for the Marauders:

#1 - Nguyenton/Stitzel (subbed out with Milan in the third set)

#2 - Kowluri/Truong

#3 - Espino/Dangoy

 

For the Conquistadors:

#1 - Shayn/Cameron

#2 - David/Miranda

#3 - Alexis/Brandon Tran

 

Our doubles did their job today, but still lost matches that they really should've won.  Breaking down emotionally, seemed to be our M.O. of the day.  Learning how to keep it together under pressure is something we're working on.

 

Shayn/Cameron did what they needed to do to prove that they are #1 in the league by sweeping all 3 with 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (8-6).  Their last set was a real nail-biter as they came back from 2-5!  Finding the fire within themselves is what Dab tried to light up in them as they were down, but not out.  They found it!!  Always remember: IT'S NEVER OVER UNTIL IT'S OVER!  What an amazing come-back captains!

 

David/Miranda were the ones who broke under the pressure once the Marauders realized who the weaker player was.   Totally picking on Miranda as he made several unforced errors, was a successful plan.  They won 1 out of 3 with 6-3, 5-7, 1-6.  Losing to the #3's was the biggest loss.  Hopefully, this team can find it in themselves before League Finals gets here so they can beat those they've lost to!

 

Alexis/Brandon played a lot better than the last time we met Mira Mesa, winning 2 out of 3 this time.  Putting them in as our #3, giving them a fantastic warm-up match and rotating Mira Mesa down, helped make a difference.  Their scores were 7-5, 3-6, 6-1.  Nicely done, guys!  Thanks to the Huynh family for snacks!  :)

 

3/28/13: Our Conquistadors went in with full confidence of beating San Diego today, and they did it with style!  We took them over with 11-7, along with getting a few notches for our individual records.

 

The singles line-up for the Cavers:

#1 - Pinon

#2 - De Jesus

#3 - Howell

 

For the Conquistadors:

#1 - Shawn

#2 - Jordan (subbed out with Miranda in the second set-because he begged Coach to put him in)

#3 - John

 

Shawn made us all very proud with his performance on San Diego's territory!  He took Santi to a tie-break, but lost 4-7.  It was a battle of the wills and amazing shots from both players!  The most comforting feeling about playing against Santi is that he is honest and generous with his line calls, always giving benefit to his opponents! The most difficult thing about playing him is that he gets ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING BACK! With ground strokes hitting the corners and ball angles hitting the court with perfection, Shawn did an amazing job of holding Santi off.  The match could  have gone either way, but Santi was the winner today.  The other two sets weren't quite as grueling for Shawn so he pulled them off with 6-1, 6-4.  (On a side note: Shawn has played doubles with De Jesus before.  It's so nice to see such great camaraderie among players!)

 

Jordan did what he could against De Jesus, who has a similar game to Shawn, but he struggled and lost 0-6.  Brandon Miranda took over in his place, and he promised Dab that he could beat Santi because he had a special practice the night before.  Well, he lost 2-6.  It was good that he got games because this match was going to be close and getting games was key!   He went on to play Howell, who had emotional stamina to play, but no physical stamina whatsoever!  With Miranda being down 1-4, 0-40  -  he fought back with all his might and took Howell to 5-5!  Howell won the next game to make it 5-6.  Miranda dug deep to bring the score even at 6-6.  In the tie-break, Miranda was ahead 4-0, but lost a couple of points to Howell's power shots. Miranda was not going down without a fight, so he took over the match and won, 7-4!!  He had something to prove to Dab, but more importantly to himself.  He came off the courts with "I told you so, Coach!  I can do it!"  That's exactly the attitude this team needed to hear.

 

John had a good showing for us today, trying his very best to keep his eye on the ball and make good shots.  He was able to get games for us in case we went into a tie, but lost all three with 2-6, 2-6, 1-6.  Thanks for giving all you had, John!

 

The Cavers' doubles:

#1 - Griffin/McKnight

#2 - Shankar/O'Keefe

#3 - Kiakowski/Miotto (subbed out in the third round with Muhanga/Bohl)

 

For the Conquistadors:

#1 - Shayn/Cameron

#2 - Cole/Colton (Subbed out with Long/Brian in the third set)

#3 - Alexis/Brandon Tran

 

Our doubles had almost a complete sweep! Shayn/Cameron swept with 6-2, 6-1, 6-2; Cole/Colton swept with 6-3, 6-4, and Alexis/Brandon swept with 6-1, 6-2, 6-3! Awesome job, gentlemen!  Today was Long's first match, and with partner Brian (AKA "Jake") they did all they could against San Diego's subbed-in team, but ended up losing, 3-6.  The reasons for them losing ranged from "our communication wasn't working", to "we haven't played that many doubles sets together".  No matter what the reason was, it's ALL about teamwork in doubles.  Thanks for your attempt today, guys!

 

This was a very nice way to start our Spring Break!!   Please find some time to hit balls during the week so you're not rusty when you return.  Enjoy your break, guys!

Thanks to the Halstead family for snacks!  :)

 

3/26/13: Today we hosted the Pointers from Point Loma.  Due to previous unsportsmanlike issues with their team, our own Vice Principal, Mr. Robell, joined us to keep a close eye on things.  Luckily he did, as Coach Truver proclaimed that he has issues "only with Serra...no other school". (hmph)  We lost 7-11, but it sure felt great winning the sets we did!!

 

Singles line-up for Pt. Loma:

#1 - Gareri

#2 - Dring

#3 - Omens

 

For our Conquistadors:

#1 - Jordan

#2 - David

#3 - Shawn

 

Changing our line-up to give Shawn a good warm-up, was the plan.  Not only did he start as our #3, but we also had the Pointers rotate DOWN.  It definitely helped, although he still had difficulty with Dring, who seemed to step up his game after our last match.  Shawn's scores were 6-3, 4-6, 1-6, getting a game off of Dominic!   Good effort, Shawn!

 

David had a really great day on the courts!  His game has improved 100% since he started with us this season.  He got 3 games off of Dring, and defeated their #3!  His scores were 3-6, 0-6, 6-3.  Nicely done, David!

 

Jordan played outstanding as well!  Having to face Dominic first put a smile on his face, relieved that he got him out of the way! Jordan's serves and fantastic forehand ground strokes really made the other guys work for the point.  Against the #3, he stayed on serve the entire time, making the match really close.  His scores were 0-6, 7-5, 1-6.  Thanks for working so hard, Jordan!

 

Doubles for Point Loma:

#1 - DeFreitas/Saunders

#2 - Young/Cassell (subbed out with Nuevo/Klein in the second set)

#3 - Beutler/Bermudez

 

For Serra:

#1 - Shayn/Cameron

#2 - Cole/Colton

#3 - Alexis/Brandon Tran

 

With Shayn/Cameron back in the swing of things, they started off really strong from the first point.  Cameron's serves were amazing, making it easy to get points.  When Shayn's serves were working, they were pretty awesome, too.  Their court positions, volleys, powerful overheads, and ball placement were textbook!  They swept all three with 6-4, 6-1, 6-2, making them top-ranked in our league so far, giving them a really good chance of going to CIF.  Your matches were fun to watch today, guys.  Great job!

 

Cole/Colton also had good matches, with excellent serves and ball placement.  After breaking a string in the first set, though, Cole had to use a different racket, which we all know can make a difference in striking the ball.  Even so, they took the first set 6-4, against the Pointers' seniors.  They went on to lose the next two, 0-6, 3-6.  These freshmen are gaining a lot of experience already. Good playing today, guys.

 

 

Alexis/Brandon have struggled all week with their game plan, and today was no different.  Communication, execution of shots, and hesitation cost them in all of their matches.  Even after gaining some momentum in their third set against the #1 team, it wasn't enough to pull it off.  Their scores were: 1-6, 4-6, 3-6.  Your confidence will come back, guys.  Keep your head up for doing your best.

 

Our team record is now 5-5.

 

A special thank you to our supportive alumni - Cory Lozano, Cameron Rij, Karissa Santos, and Kevin Thomas!  It's so wonderful to see you all come back and visit!!

Thanks to the Lozano family for snacks!  :)

 

3/21/13:  It's very rare when our team comes off the courts after a loss, feeling like we won!  Our score against Ramona was 5-13, but it didn't feel like that when we were playing.  Ramona was their usual, respectful, playful, good guys as they took us out in the first round 6 sets to 0!   Oh well...we went out there and kept fighting!

 

Their #2 singles player, Barber, was out with a shattered ankle, but in good spirits as the cheerleader for the team.  We wish him a successful, healthy recovery.

 

Singles for Ramona:

#1 - Daniel Streeter

#2 - Christian Failla (the coach's son)

#3 - Garrett Wilcox

 

For Serra:

#1 - Shawn

#2 - Jordan

#3 - John (subbed out in the second round with Cole, and the third round with Colton)

 

Shawn had the time of his life playing with athletes of his own caliber!  We all enjoyed watching him play strong, hard, and smart!  His match against their #1 went so well, that Streeter had to pull-out all the stops to play it out!  Shawn lost 3-6, but Daniel expressed how good of a player he was and that he really had to PLAY Shawn!  You make us all proud, Tran!  Thankfully, this first match prepared Shawn to play at his very best, and he ended up beating the other two, 6-4, 6-3.  Great job!!

 

Jordan did well in singles for us again, getting into long rallies, serving well, and trying to see the ball faster, but lost against Failla, 0-6, and Streeter, 0-6.  He put us on the edge of our seats when he faced Garrett Wilcox because, once again, Jordan kept his composure and got 3 games off him!!  He ended up losing 3-6, but you sure couldn't tell by the way he played.  Nicely done, Jordan!

 

John, Cole, and Colton all did the very best they could, but these guys from Ramona have way more experience, and defeated all of them 0-6, 0-6, 1-6.  (Colton got 1 game off of Failla.)

 

Ramona doubles:

#1 - Flores/Peterson

#2 - Mellecker/Martin

#3 - Alwan/Mazzola (subbed out in the third set by Janak)

 

Serra doubles:

#1 - Shayn/Cameron

#2 - Alexis/Brandon Tran

#3 - David/Brandon Miranda

 

Our doubles teams didn't know what hit them in the first round of play!  They almost couldn't believe that they had to play so hard to get a simple point!!  But they did.

 

Shayn/Cameron went out with complete confidence in their game plan, which only failed in the first set.  Flores/Peterson are going to be a team to watch in CIF!!  They were quick on their feet, fast to the ball, and knew exactly where to put the ball!  Shayn/Cameron lost to them 2-6, but came back strong in the other sets, 6-0, 6-3.  It was heard on the sidelines that Mellecker/Martin expressed how "demoralized" they felt after getting bageled by Shayn/Cameron!!  That's the way we like it! :)

 

Alexis/Brandon Tran played so well, but to them it felt horrible.  When they realized after the first set that they had to play at a higher level, they did!  Serves were strong, down the line shots were accurate, volleys were executed with perfection, and their confidence was high!  Their scores were 1-6, 6-4, 2-6.  We're all very proud of you two for your efforts today!

 

David/Miranda did a fantastic job with their court formations, serve & volley techniques, and awesome serves, but still ended up losing all three, 4-6, 2-6, 0-6.  Most of the comments from the opponent were about David's lobs.  They prepared to fight those, since they became a bit predictable.

 

Thank you to Mrs. Wilkinson for recording scores for us!  We don't have any managers this year and this is more helpful to Coach Dabney than you'll ever know!

 

A note from Dab:  It's my philosophy that you get better when you play people better than you.  That was so true today!  You all rose to the occasion, realizing the level of play you were up against.  ANYONE CAN BEAT A 5-YEAR-OLD!  In true competition, the true player comes to the forefront.  This Ramona team is one that I will completely support in CIF.  (Why, coach???) Because over the years, I have seen them grow and mature.  We used to beat this team!  Only 2 years ago, my girls' team beat their girls in CIF 14-4!   The coach has done a fantastic job of keeping their morale boosted, knowing who they have to play in north county.  Please join me in supporting them as if they were on our team.  They will definitely be a team to watch in CIF.

 

Our team record is now 5-4.  Thanks to the Miranda family for snacks!  :)

 

3/20/13: Serra hosted Valhalla in a match that went until 7:15 PM!  We played with regular scoring, knowing that we had lights in case it went after sunset.  The coach informed us that he was missing his #1 player due to a college fair, and his #2 due to a broken foot.  We certainly wish his #2 a speedy recovery!  With our strength spread out all over the courts, we defeated them, 13-5!

 

Singles for Valhalla:

#1 - Daniel Skinner

#2 - Patrick Horton

#3 - Grey Miller

 

For Serra:

#1 - Shawn

#2 - Jordan (playing singles for us for the first time)

#3 - John

 

Shawn was able to sweep all three, 6-2, 6-2, 6-1.  Shawn used his flare and magnificence to take these guys down.  The only reason they were able to get games off of Shawn was because he was "working on new techniques".  Thanks for your contribution to our win today!

 

Jordan was the highlight of the match, sweeping all three 6-0, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)!  It was Jordan's match that kept us out until 7:15, with long rallies against Skinner, who was clearly worn-out.  This was a battle of stamina! With sweat dripping down his red face, and holding his stomach toward the end, Skinner was very frustrated with his shots to the point of hitting his racket on the ground slightly a few times.  Jordan looked fresh and ready to play another set, never letting Skinner get the upper hand.  Dab gave Jordan advice on a change-over that put him on a whole different level!  When it was all said and done, Jordan was attacked by his teammates in a victory celebration!! That's how Serra does it!

 

John played so well with amazing ball placement and tough serves, but the score didn't reflect it.  He BARELY lost to Miller 6-7 (2-7), seeming to let the pressure get to him.  He lost to the other two, 2-6, 2-6.  We all thought he had won his third set because the score card showed him ahead 5-2, until he informed us that he had turned the wrong color throughout the set.  (Lesson learned ~ use the correct color so we can follow your progress.)   Very nice playing, John.  With more experience, you'll be hard to beat in the coming weeks!

 

Doubles for Valhalla:

#1 - Bierman/Patch

#2 - Mosey/Hanna

#3 - Rapp/Loehrich

 

For Serra:

#1 - The return of Shayn/Cameron (subbed out in the third set with our "Special K team" King/Kade)

#2 - Alexis/Brandon Tran

#3 - David/Miranda (subbed out in the third set with Cole/Colton)

 

Shayn/Cameron easily defeated both #1 and #2, 6-0, 6-4, respectively.  Their rhythm was lost in the second set, due to having to wait so long for the next set to begin.  It's great to see you guys back in the swing of things!  For the third set, "Special K" team of King/Kade took on Rapp/Lowhrich, with a fun match that could have gone either way.  Both teams were still working on court formation & ball placement, but our boys pulled it off with 6-3!  This was a huge win for them.  Nicely done!

 

Alexis/Brandon Tran had a hard time against #2, with Alexis losing his temper, missed volleys, and ground strokes.  Once he pulled it together, all was fine, but they were too late.  They lost, 3-6.  Coach Ackerly was shocked when he got a glimpse of the score, expressing to Dab, "That can't be the right score!"  But it was.  Alexis/Brandon got back on track to win the next two, 6-0, 6-3.  Great team work, guys!

 

David/Miranda had a good day on the court, playing together for the first time, defeating #3, & #1, 6-3, 6-4 respectively.  This team is going to be tough to beat in the near future, if they continue to play well together.  It's a good make-up!

On a side note: David showed us a different type of playing today...he taught us how to get phone numbers of visiting managers!  Swedish people are slick!

Taking over the third set was our freshmen team of Cole/Colton playing Mosey/Hanna.  The score was pretty even, with both teams holding serve, until Colton's temper got the best of him.  That's when it began to spiral downhill, and they lost with a score of 3-6.  Tennis is 90% mental, as Dab has said over and over, and it can ruin your game.  Controlling it as much as possible will give you strength.  Great serving, though, guys.

 

Our team record stands at: 5-3 overall; 4-3 league.  Thanks to the Olea family for snacks! :)

 

3/19/13: Serra took on the Buccaneers of Mission Bay on March 19th, which turned out to be pretty uneventful, with a team score of 15-3.  Mission Bay was able to round up 6 players, 2 of which had awesome stokes! With only 6 players, they were forced to forfeit 6 sets to us.  This match gave some of our newbies a chance to shine and earn their Varsity letter.

 

In singles for Mission Bay:

#1 Glezer

#2 Dineen

 

Singles for Serra:

#1 - Miranda

#2 - John

#3 - Kalvin

 

Miranda had to fight it out with Glezer, a freshman, and ended up losing 3-6, then defeated Dineen 6-2.  John also lost to Glezer, 0-6, but defeated Dineen, 7-5!  Their rallies went on for a long time mostly because they played a similar game. Kalvin stepped in as our #3 singles and also lost to Glezer, 0-6.  In his match against Dineen, he had major cramping in both of his calves, forcing him to take a medical time-out.  After stretching and massaging, he was back up in no time, finishing on top, 6-4! (Let this be a lesson learned on drinking water before, DURING, and after your sets.)

 

Mission Bay's doubles:

#1 - Vargas/Manoury

#2 - Sapp/Morales

 

For Serra:

#1 - Cole/Colton

#2 - King/Kade

#3 - Alexis/Andy

 

All of our doubles swept easily with 6-0's and a couple of 6-1's.  The fun part of the match was watching Andy play his first tennis match!  Alexis had his back the whole time, but with Andy's serves and volleys, they got the job done.  The look of pride on Andy's face was priceless.  Nice work to all of our guys today!  Thanks to the Diaz family for snacks :)

 

3/14/13:  Today our Conquistadors defeated Morse 12-6 on the Tigers' territory!

 

Singles for Morse:

#1 - De Los Santos

#2 - Pelayo

#3 - Yturralde

 

For Serra:

#1 - Shawn

#2 - John (subbed out with Cameron in the second set)

#3 - Kade

 

We started out our extras so they could not only gain experience, but earn their Varsity Letter.  Shawn started out playing De Los Santos, who has vastly improved since last year!  He had a faster, harder serve, along with a better game plan that was executed very well.  However, it wasn't enough to stop Shawn!  In fact, Shawn defeated all three singles 6-2, 6-0, 6-0.

 

John came out strong and played his set with a solid game, defeating Pelayo 6-1!   Thanks, John!

 

Kade went out with a positive attitude, willing to learn all he could to be a better player, and ended up losing all three 2-6, 0-6, 0-6.  He came off the courts with his head high and smile on his face.  Nice work, Kade!

 

Doubles for the Tigers:

#1 - Gamboa/Leano

#2 - Viola/Martinez

#3 - Macaspac/Garcia

 

For Serra:

#1 - David/Jordan

#2 - Hoang/Kalvin (subbed out in the second set with Alexis/Brandon)

#3 - Bryan (AKA: Jake)/King (subbed out in the second set with Cole/Colton)

 

Our doubles did a great job of handling these teams, especially after noticing how much they had also improved over the last year!   David/Jordan got off to a slow start and couldn't catch up in the first set, so they lost 4-6.  They pulled out wins over the other two 6-2, 6-3.  What a good team these guys have become.  Thank you for making us all proud!

 

Hoang/Kalvin just had a fun time learning more about how to play and communicate.  They lost 1-6, before Alexis/Brandon took over.  They defeated the other two teams 6-1, 6-0 easily.

 

Jake/King were an awesome team that had never played together before, but with Jake's urgency to every ball and King's encouragement, they won 6-3.  Nicely done, guys!  Cole/Colton took the helm next and struggled just a bit with the #2 team, but soon found their rhythm, getting 3 games in a row to win 7-5.  They took that confidence on to the #1's and defeated them 6-3!  Colton's serve was on target today!!  Great wins boys!

 

Our team record is now 3-3.  Thanks to the Tran family for snacks :)

 

3/13/13:  It was great to see our Conquistadors step up to the plate and fight for every point, like they know how to against the Barons of Bonita Vista High School!  Coming out strong from the very first set, we defeated them 14-4 in the hot sun at Serra today.

 

Singles for Bonita Vista:

#1 - Y. Sinaga

#2 - Castro

#3 - Wong

 

For Serra:

#1 - Shawn

#2 - Cameron

#3 - Miranda (subbed out with John in the third set)

 

Shawn had a good time playing in his element and swept all three, 6-1, 6-4, 6-1.  You can really tell how much he loves singles, because he moves on the court so well, while making planned shots!

 

Cameron recovered from his disappointing loss to #1 yesterday, and pulled off all three wins as well, 6-2, 6-1, 6-1.  This was a super effort on his part, which also helped raise his confidence in singles.  Great job, Cameron!

 

Miranda, suffering from a slight tendonitis injury, did what he could but ended up in so much pain he had to pull-out.  He lost his 2 sets, 3-6, 0-6 when John took over.  John is working on a new serve and moving his feet quickly on the court, so it took a minute to get into his rhythm against the Barons' #2, but he lost 0-6.  Good effort, John!

 

 

Doubles for Bonita Vista:

#1 - Michael Hyun/Margolas

#2 - Karpenski/Lee

#3 - Matt Hyun/Baek

 

For Serra:

#1 - Alexis/Brandon Tran

#2 - Cole/Colton ("Double C")

#3 - David/Jordan

 

Alexis/Brandon Tran had a great day, enjoying their amazing shot placement, as well as their first serves in!  The first set was a bit of a struggle, when they were down 1-4, but after a pep-talk from Dab, they made a huge comeback!  Going into a tie-break, they held on as long as they could, but lost 4-7.  They came off the court pumped up, knowing how well they played!  They ended up winning the other two, 6-3, 6-0!  It's really fun watching you guys play together!

 

Double C had a fantastic day! In the first set, their confidence was wavering due to the other team's cheering section distracting them.  After Coach Dab got them back on track, they were a whole different team. They swept all three 6-4, 6-1, 6-1. Now they can take on anyone!

 

David/Jordan also did an outstanding job of communicating, getting first serves in, and working well together!  They won all three, 6-1, 6-0 (against the #1!!), and 6-3.  Being the last ones on the court at the end of a match is never easy, with the pressure of all eyes on you, but these two never lost focus.  Way to make your team proud!!

 

After losing to Bonita last year, it was sure great to beat them this year ~ by a lot!  The visiting coach, Dan Lanahan, asked if we could do it again next year.  Absolutely!  Thanks to the Smith family for snacks :)

 

3/12/13: The Patriots of Patrick Henry were pretty evenly matched with us today, causing our team score to be really close.  It got down to adding up games in case there was a tie, but Patrick Henry came out on top, 10-8.

 

Singles for Henry:

#1 Osorno

#2 Brody

#3 Sumnicht (subbed out with Baron in the third set)

 

For Serra:

#1 Shawn

#2 Cameron

#3 Miranda

 

It was all about Shawn today, sweeping all three guys 6-3, 6-3, 6-2!!  His style, form, & determination to win is what Shawn used to bring on the wins.  Even Dab was impressed. :)  Nicely done, Shawn!

 

Cameron struggled just a little when it came time to play returner, Chad Osorno.  The match was close the entire time, until something lit-up in Osorno to close it out & defeat Cameron, 7-5.  It was a great battle between these two outstanding athletes, as disappointing as it was for Cameron.  He defeated the other two players with 6-0, 6-1.  Really good job & awesome effort for the team, captain!

 

Miranda just couldn't find his rhythm today, & suffered losses with all three players.  The court surface was slick, the wind kicked up, but it wasn't in the cards for him.  He lost 3-6, 3-6, 0-6.  If we had gone into a tie, those games would have helped a lot!  As always, Miranda represented Serra well with his honest, outstanding sportsmanship!

 

Doubles for Henry:

#1 Honig/Gross

#2 Bowers/Thomas

#3 Moore/Faucher

 

For Serra:

#1 Alexis/Brandon Tran

#2 Cole/Colton

#3 David/Jordan

 

Our doubles teams worked hard at winning a lot of games for us, but Henry's team was just too powerful & confident.  Alexis/Brandon Tran had difficulty against the #1 seniors, yet were still able to get games at 2-6.  They won the next two sets  6-4, 6-0.  Brandon expressed the importance of getting the "0" in the last set in case the match ended in a tie...that's the kind of thinking we need on our team!  Great playing, guys!

 

Cole/Colton, playing together for the first time competitively, found themselves strategizing, communicating, & pumping each other up to get through some tough sets.  Realizing that this match was giving them experience gave them hope for the upcoming matches.  They lost all three, 2-6, 1-6, 4-6.  It was fun watching you two play!

 

David/Jordan had some amazing points against Henry!  Volleys, overheads, & court position really helped them today. They won 1 out of 3 sets, but NOT WITHOUT A FIGHT!   Their scores were 6-4, 5-7, 1-6.  For not working together this last week, that's pretty awesome!

 

 

When you lose a match, & realize that you played your best & put absolutely everything you have out on the court, you can't hang your head.  This match was one of those.  Serra Tennis plays with heart.  Your passion, energy, & love of the sport really shines through when you're playing.  Keep it going, Conquistadors!!!  Thanks to the Stewart family for snacks :)

 

3/7/13:  After the big win against San Diego, our Conquistadors traveled to Mira Mesa with confidence.   Our line-up was weakened a bit with Shayn & David out of town, so we had to mix things up to get the most out of our team.  This year, Mira Mesa had us rotate up, like we hoped, but the coaches decided to play with NO-AD scoring due to a storm that was quickly rolling in.

 

Singles for the Mauraders:

#1 - Donahue

#2 - Shaw

#3 - D. Tran

 

For Serra:

#1 - Cameron

#2 - Cole

#3 - Colton

 

Mira Mesa's singles were so amazing, they ripped through us like we were a piece of paper!  The players were very level-headed & showed outstanding sportsmanship throughout the match.  Our boys, once again, showed dignity as they walked off the courts (disappointed, as you can imagine), but held their heads high knowing how well they played.

 

Cameron's scores: 2-6, 3-6, 1-6.

Cole's: 1-6, 1-6, 0-6.

Colton's: 0-6, 0-6, 0-6.

 

Doubles for Mira Mesa:

 #1 -Ambarish/Nguyenton

#2 - Stitzel/A. Tran (subbed out in the third set with Flores/Porsuelo)

#3 - Espino/Dangoy (subbed out in the third set with V. Nguyen/Nakanishi)

 

 For Serra:

#1 - Miranda/Shawn

#2 - Alexis/Brandon

#3 - John/Jordan

 

Our doubles teams did all they could to pull off a 9-9 tie, knowing what happened in singles.  They did a pretty good job, but still couldn't get enough to win the match.

 

Miranda/Shawn swept: 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 (admitting that they "gave" the subbed-in players a game in the third set, which, BY THE WAY, should never happen :)

 

Alexis/Brandon struggled a bit today, allowing some of the spectators to get in their heads some.  The 90% mental game will kick in as the season progresses, so we're not worried about the future of this doubles team.  Their scores were: 1-6, 3-6, 6-0.

 

The exciting new team of John/Jordan is definitely the doubles to watch the rest of the season!!  With lefty John acing the other teams at least twice, and Jordan's long arm stretch reaching every ball, they pulled off 2 out of 3 wins!  Their first set went into a tie-break with 7-6 (7-5)!  With smiles on their faces, they headed into the next set with huge confidence, where they won again easily 6-2.  Finally, they met #1 who took them down, 1-6.   For this being their first match together, they sure impressed all of us!

 

The overall score was 6-12.

 

Our annual TEAM BONDING EXPERIENCE at In-N-Out softened the sting of our loss.  It's so great to have a team that likes to be together.

 

A note from Dab:

With this disappointing loss, it looks as if our chances for league championship are out of our reach this year. I still believe we will make it to Team CIF playoffs.  This is something to look forward to!  At this point, however, changes will be made in order for our guys to work for their individual records to hopefully get to Individual CIF.  Look for the reunion of Shayn/Cameron!  The new team of Colton/Cole will rock the doubles side of the courts along with the rest of our doubles teams.  Shawn and Miranda will play singles for the rest of the season, most likely, but can still be united to play in league finals, as an option.  They will be joined by David, as well as many of our newbies, who are getting better to move up the challenge ladder.

 

Our team record is now 1-2. Thanks to the Lam family for snacks :)

 

 

 

3/5/13:  The Cavers of San Diego High School visited Serra with a strong line-up, but it wasn't enough to take our Conquistadors down!

 

Singles for San Diego:

#1 - J. Howell

#2 - De Jesus

#3 - Pinon

 

For Serra:

#1 - Cameron Wilkinson

#2 - Cole Smith

#3 - Shayn Lozano (then subbed out with Colton in the third set)

 

Cameron swept all three with 6-1, 6-2, 7-5.  The battle between Cameron & Pinon grew intense when Cameron was down 0-3, then made a huge come back!  Cameron had been sitting out, waiting for Cole to finish his set, so it took a while for Cameron to get warmed up.  Once he did, it was on!

 

Cole played singles for the first time for us & his rallies were amazing!  He lost all three sets, but you sure couldn't tell it from the way he played.  His long set against Howell caused the biggest drama of the match, with Howell screaming out, "Come on!" every time Cole had an unforced error.  Cole put it out of his mind & stayed the course with his game plan.  Playing under the lights, Howell called at least 3 serves out that looked like they caught the line, so Cole asked for a line judge.  Howell didn't call another line out for the rest of the match.  When it was all said & done, Cole lost 5-7, while Howell rushed over to his teammates & ripped his shirt off!  Okay....     Cole's other scores were 2-6, 2-6.  Way to represent Serra with dignity, Cole!!

 

Shayn did his part as a singles player, losing to Pinon in a tie-break 6-7 (4-7), then defeating Howell easily 6-2.  Colton went in & lost 0-6 to De Jesus.  The points don't tell the whole story on how well these guys played.  Nice work, gentlemen.

 

Doubles for San Diego:

#1 - O'Keefe/Mcknight

#2 - Shankar/Griffin

#3 -Miotto/Kiakowski

 

For Serra:

#1 - Miranda/Shawn

#2 - Alexis/Brandon Tran

#3 - David/Jordan

 

It was all about the doubles team today!!  They all swept easily.  It was so nice to see this happen in order for them to gain confidence for the upcoming Mira Mesa match.

 

Miranda/Shawn - 6-3, 6-2, 6-0

 

Alexis/Brandon - 6-0, 6-2, 6-3

David/Jordan - 6-0, 7-5, 6-4

 

David & Jordan's huge come back in the second set really surprised the team!! They were losing 1-4 when Dab went over to coach them.  After trying what coach asked of them, the come back began & they ended up winning!  Way to listen to your coach, boys!

 

Overall score was 13-5.  Our team record is now 1-1. Thanks to the Chau family for snacks :)

 

 

 

2/28/13:  Serra suffered a disappointing loss to Point Loma in our first league match of the season, 4-14.  Our Conquistadors went out on the courts with confidence & a strong line-up with the hopes of defeating their rivals, but couldn't pull it off against Point Loma's even stronger singles line-up.

 

The Pointers' singles:

#1 Dominic Gareri

#2 Kasey Dring

#2 Avery Cramer

 

For the Conquistadors:

#1 David Ekelund

#2 Brandon Miranda

#3 Shawn Tran

 

David put up an amazing fight with outstanding rallies, but lost to all three, 0-6, 0-6, 0-6.  He always comes off the court with a great attitude, knowing he played his best!  Nice work, David!

 

Miranda also worked every possible angle to make it work, but lost all three, 1-6, 0-6, 0-6.  The sportsmanship of this young man makes us all proud he's on our team!  Thank you for that, Miranda!

 

Shawn had determination in his eyes as he went out there believing he could take the Pointers on, & he did an excellent job of shaking them up!  He lost to Cramer 4-6, then took Dring for a ride with 6-7 (1-7), & finally was able to get a game off of Gareri, 1-6!   The loss to Cramer was a heated battle with line calls, causing Cramer to lose his composure.  At the end of the match, he decided to barge over to our side of the bleachers, get face-to-face with Shawn, & scream about one of the line calls (which, by the way, Shawn overturned to give Avery the game). In an attempt to control the situation, one of our parents told Avery that they weren't speaking to him, & Avery blurted out, "Shut your mouth".  With that, his dad was able to coax him away, as Coach Dabney pulled Shawn aside.

 

There's never a dull moment when we play Mark Truver's Pointers!

 

Point Lomas' doubles line-up:

#1 De Freitas/Saunders

#2 Beutler/Young (clearly the weaker team)

#3 Cassell (subbed out in the second round with Bermudez)/ Martinez

 

For Serra:

#1 Smith/Wilkinson

#2 Lozano/Rij

#3 Olea/Tran

 

All of our doubles teams are still working on getting a rhythm, so this match helped them to see what they need to work on. All of our wins came from doubles, as was expected.

 

Cole/Cameron won 1 out of 3 sets with 2-6 to #1, 6-1 to #3, and 5-7 with #2.

Shayn/Colton won 2 out of 3 sets with 6-1 to #2, 4-6 to #1, and 6-4 to #3.

Alexis/Brandon won 1 out of 3 sets with 1-6 to #3, 6-2 to #2, and 2-6 to #1.

 

All of our starting line-up showed themselves classy & dignified, as always, even though Coach Truver believed we were making all kinds of bad line calls.  We know the truth. Thanks to David Ekelund's Host Family for team snacks :)

 

2/27/13: We are starting a new season with fresh faces & some very talented players!  With a team of 19, it's the largest team we've ever had, & it's already becoming a family.   We are strong, competitive, and cohesive.

 

Our annual scrimmage against Scripps Ranch High School created a loss for us (once again) with a match score of 0-18.  What was interesting is that their Coach, Erik Bachelor, DID NOT sub in any of his JV players as he's done in the past.  He knew what talent we had & he knew we could defeat them all.  That's great news about our team!

 

Singles:

Their line-up:

#1 - Matthew Lee, #2 - Alex Wong, & #3 - JT Ashdown.

 

Our line up:

#1 - Shawn Tran, #2 - David Ekelund, & #3 - Brandon Miranda

 

Freshman Shawn had some amazing rallies with all of their players, even though he was extremely nervous, this being his first high school match.  It took a while for him to find his groove, so he lost all 3 with 0-6, 1-6, 2-6.  It was a nice showing for Serra.   Our Swedish Foreign Exchange student, David, also showed himself strong in his first high school match, but lost all three 1-6, 0-6, 0-6.  (They don't have sports in high schools in Sweden, so David has enjoyed learning what it's all about in America!)  Sophomore Miranda, was excited to come back & play singles for us with his new form & strategies, but also lost all three 0-6, 0-6, 0-6.

 

Doubles:

Their line-up:

#1 - Tim Chau/Sherwin Fazelpour, #2 - Dennis Vu/Ayitansh, and #3 - Taylor Denasta/Ayitansh Sharma (subbed out by Lopez)

 

Our line-up:

#1 - Cole Smith/Cameron Wilkinson, #2 - Shayn Lozano/Colton Rij, and #3 - Alexis Olea/Brandon Tran

 

We've decided to "divide the wealth" within our doubles teams, which is why Cameron and Shayn are working with two of our incoming Freshmen.  Both teams are strong & very promising. As the season progresses, we're looking for great things from both of these teams!

 

Cole/Cameron lost all three sets, 2-6, 0-6, 0-6.  Many of their points were amazing, but they just couldn't find the rhythm they needed to defeat Scripps.  This was a new experience for Cole, so we're not worried about what they can do!  Shayn/Colton also lost all three 0-6, 2-6, 1-6.  Shayn was disappointed in the way he played, but knew that they would be fine in the league with a partner who truly believes they can win. Alexis/Brandon were the doubles champions today!  Keeping their head in the game & working every point, they lost all three, but with very respectable scores, 6-7 (0-7), 3-6, 2-6.  Alexis aced Scripps' #1 team TWICE & they got more points than anyone in the match!

 

Now that we have our jitters out, we're ready to start our first league match tomorrow against Point Loma!  Thanks to the Rij family for snacks :)

 

 

 

1/13/2013:  Tryouts are scheduled for Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the Serra Courts.  Check-in for tryouts is at 7:45am. This is a one-day tryout, so please be on time with proper shoes (non-marking soles) and appropriate tennis/sports clothing. Be sure to bring water to hydrate.  Bring a racket if you have one, otherwise, one can provided for you.

2012

5/23/12:  CIF Update:  Max, playing in the CIF San Diego Section Individual Tennis Singles Championships, played Eastlake's, Carlos Reyes & won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. In the second round, Max squared off against Adam Lohnes from Francis Parker, but lost 3-6, 1-6.  Max, playing in CIF & representing your school in singles for a second straight year in the tournament was a nice way to finish your high school career. Congratulations!

 

In doubles, we had two teams representing Serra H.S. in the CIF San Diego Section Individual Tennis Doubles Championships.  First off, we had Mentor & Alexis who were matched up against a tough Vista team of Dunbeck/Grogan.  It was an exciting match, but unfortunately the Vista team ousted our boys with a score of 5-7, 6-2, 11-9.  Mentor, kudos on a fine senior season, & Alexis, excellent job as a freshman making it into the CIF tournament.

 

Our other team proudly representing the Conquistadors was the team of Shayn & Cameron.  In the first round, Shayn & Cameron faced the team of Jimenez/Landis from Monte Vista.  The boys played so smart & beat this Monarch team, 6-1, 6-2.  In the second round, the Q-dawgs met up against the High Tech High (SD) team of Munukulta/Quinones.  Shayn and Cameron came out strong & beat this team in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2.  Off to the third round they went, where they played the seeded team from CCA, Frishberg/Sanghvi.  It was a great match by all players, but the CCA team lived up to their #15 seeding with a victory over the Conquistadors with a match score of 3-6, 1-6.  Nice job gentlemen on reaching the third round of CIF this year.  What an exciting CIF showing for this doubles team.

 

 5/16/12: League Finals Update - congratulations to the amazing team of Lozano/Wilkinson for qualifying for CIF today in a fierce battle against Henry's #1 team!

GATORADE CLASSIC!! Choose your partner now for the annual Gatorade Classic scheduled for Wednesday, June 6th! This is a mixed doubles tournament for Serra Tennis Players only! Play will begin @ 2:00. Please let Coach Dabney know who you're teaming up with so that she can get the draw set :)

 

5/15/12: League Finals Recap - congratulations to the following players for qualifying for CIF today: Max, Mentor, & Alexis!! Cameron & Shayn will play-off for the fifth entry on Thursday. They played amazing points against Mira Mesa in a very close match! I also want to give a shout-out to Jeff, Jeremy, Brian, Andrew, DJ, Brandon Tran, & Triston for playing their best to win today at the Eastern League Finals tournament. You make me proud to be your coach.

 

5/9/12:  We were all very excited to move on to the next level of play by traveling to Canyon Crest Academy and face the Ravens in the quarterfinals of CIF.  We were able to experience high level tennis from guys who play tournaments on a regular basis, and watch the ball 'whiz' past as they hit really hard and really fast!  We were no challenge for them, so by the third round, their coached subbed in several players.  Our Conquistadors put up a big fight, but came up short, 2-16.

 

In our singles we had Max, Brandon Tran, Triston, & Andrew.  In our doubles we had Cameron/Shayn, Mentor/Alexis, & Brian/Jeff. Everyone put forth an amazing effort and showed the type of sportsmanship that is expected of Serra athletes.  It's never easy to lose, but we did it with dignity.

 

The big story of the day was watching Max pull out everything he had worked on for four years and pound back at the Ravens singles' players!  He lost to their #1, Sheng, 3-6 (Sheng had to be coded for poor sportsmanship during the match).  Max really got under his skin!   Moving on to the #3, Shanghvi, Max took him out with a nice score of 6-4.   The last set of the match was between Max and the #2, Brandon Yang.  With both teams looking on, the points became very intense.  This was the type of tennis we would expect to see between two tournament players!  Serves were outstanding from both players, but Max had the better game overall, even with some cramping going on in his calf.  He came out as the winner, 6-3! Realizing that this was his last high school team match, Max took a moment to reflect and sob.  It's been a good four years.

 

Congratulations to all of our men for their tremendous efforts today and throughout the season.  Next week, we have Individual League Finals that will be played at Peninsula Tennis Club on Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday.

 

Thanks to the Lozano & Wilkinson families for team snacks!

 

5/8/12:  Serra breaks the "second round curse" by defeating Monte Vista 11-7 in CIF!

 

Playing tennis during the spring has its challenges, with STAR Testing, AP Testing, and year-end activities.  It's this time of the year that is hardest to play sports.  In fact, I'd even go so far as to say that this is the season that separates the boys from the men. Today Serra Conquistadors proved that they are the men!

 

As we were seeded #8 in Team CIF, we faced the #9 seed from Monte Vista, who defeated us last year in the first round of CIF, 9-9 (68-75).  NOT TODAY!  Our coach's pep talk included "everyone stepping up to do their part" which was exactly what took place on Serra's courts.  We have a very different team from last year, giving us more strength where we need it.

 

Monte Vista's line-up in singles:  #1 M. Masicap, #2 C. Masicap, #3 S. Tran.

 

Max swept all three, even though he gave up a couple of games from silly errors.  He corrected those immediately and got back on track to win 6-2, 6-1, 6-1. Amazing job, Max!

 

Brandon Tran came out with total confidence and guns blazing!  He won 2 out of 3 sets, 6-3, 6-2, 1-6.  With his patience and timing, his contribution sure helped get the total number of wins.  Awesome job, Tran!

 

We had three separate #3's: DJ lost to Tran, 2-6, Triston lost to #1, 0-6, and Jeff defeated #2, 6-0!  Great work by all of you, especially with Jeff's ankle injury.

 

 

Their doubles line-up: #1 Lantis/Jimenez, #2 Leon/Tapia, #3 Goycoachea/Bugarin.

 

In years past, this team historically uses the "lob" quite often in their doubles play.  That was no different today.  When teams use the lob as an offensive strategy, it can get points and even win games.  We struggled with this technique during our match, so we had to strategically fight it ~ as in the past.   Finding the right way to defend the lob was the key in our match.

 

Cameron/Shayn were winning their first set 4-1, when the "lob game" began.  It was over.  We lost 6-7 (3-7) to this frustrating way of playing.  In fact, Cameron was so angry, that he launched the ball clear over the fence and hit his racket on the net.  He was coded for unsportsmanlike conduct, and that cost he and his partner a point in the next set.  This was a demonstration of how frustrating the lob technique can get!  He and Shayn pulled it back together to win the next set 6-2, but they ended up losing to #3, 3-6 with the same lob strategy.

 

Mentor/Alexis experienced the same irritation but were able to get 2 out of 3 with 6-0, 5-7, 6-4.  Watching the points in their sets, it looked like they were winning with all bagels! What a great contribution to the overall points, guys!

 

 

Brain/Jeremy were able to pull off 2 out of 3 wins as well, but also struggling with the defensive lob strategy.  Their scores were 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.  Jeremy suffered major cramping in his calf, which needed to be stretched several times throughout the third set, but nothing would stop him from chasing down every ball!  Nice job, you two!!

 

Realizing that we have never made it to the second round of CIF since Coach Dabney started coaching (2006), this was an emotional win.  Emotional for Dab as well as the seniors who have watched this slip through our hands year after year.  FINALLY, we're moving on!

 

Congratulations to the team and good luck against #1, Canyon Crest Academy, tomorrow!  Go Conquistadors!

 

Team snacks were a combination of many of our generous families - thanks team!

 

5/1/12:  Today was SENIOR DAY!  This was our seniors' last league match of their high school years and it ended up being more special than we planned!

 

This match against the Marauders caused a lot of anxiety, knowing that they beat us last time 11-7.  We decided as a team that it was not going to be about a TEAM WIN, but about the INDIVIDUAL WINS.  Our focus was set on every person doing what they had to do to get a decent record for the upcoming League Finals tournament, which qualifies for INDIVIDUAL CIF.  Little did we know that without the "team strategy" we come up with every match, we would actually win 10-8!!

 

Their line-up in singles: Truong, Donahue, Celones (subbed out with Andy Truong in the third round).

 

Max really had to beat Tommy Truong to make it a clean/clear win so he could get seeded above him in League Finals.  This was playing out in the back of Max's mind the whole time.  He had the mental game, the powerful physical game, and the strategy it took to make it through a tie-breaker 8-6! He wore Tommy out! It was a fantastic match that even the doubles teams stopped to watch for a moment!   With Max being the better player, this ended the way it should have.   Max then went on to win the next two 6-2, 6-1...even despite some minor cramping in his calf.  Next up, Jeff was a total warrior on the court!  He played all three and pulled off 1 out of 3 sets, 2-6, 6-4, 6-7 (6-8).  To take Tommy Truong to a tie-breaker was a very exciting match to watch with both teams cheering in between points!  Thankfully, Max wore Tommy out!  He was completely DONE by the time Jeff got to him, so Jeff played really long points to tire him out some more and it worked!

Triston started out as our #3 and lost 0-6, 0-6, before being subbed out by DJ, who was getting his 10th match in to qualify for League Finals.  DJ lost to Donahue, 0-6.

 

 

Their line-up in doubles: Shaw/Nguyenton, Bautista/Ambrosio (subbed out by Giang in the third round), & Kowluri/D.Tran.

 

As before, their doubles were very solid, giving us a tough time!  But we came out ahead overall ~ better than last time.  Shayn/Cameron swept!!! 6-4, 6-2, 6-4.  This should give our guys a pretty high seed in League Finals.  What a great effort by these two....taking the team on their back as well as increasing their league record!

Mentor/Alexis struggled some today with foot faults, not able to get shots, and positioning on the court that was not to their advantage.  They won 1 out 3 sets - 6-2, 4-6, 2-6. This will help Mentor/Alexis' record anyway because of who they have beaten in the league.  Brian/Jeremy won 2 out of 3 sets with 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (5-7), 6-3.  Their final win is what clenched the team win for us!!

 

THIS MATCH NOT ONLY GAVE THE SENIORS A NICE WIN FOR THEIR LAST MATCH, BUT IT ALSO TIED US FOR SECOND PLACE IN THE LEAGUE BEHIND POINT LOMA!!!

Coach Dabney is so proud of the efforts of the seniors over the last 4 years (for most of them).  It has been a pleasure and a joy to coach you all, and you will be sorely missed.

 

Thanks to the Diaz family for team snacks!

 

4/30/12:  Bonita Vista High School is a new team for Serra to play!  Coach Dabney happened to meet Coach Dan at Outback one day and they arranged a match! How fun is that??!  Not knowing much about them (other than they lost to Point Loma 6-12 like we did), we had to play our best!  We came out strong at the beginning, but we died out and lost 5-13.

 

Their singles line up: Valencia, Torro, & Lanaban.

 

Max had a great time fighting for every point, and was able to pull off a sweep with 6-2, 6-1, 6-1.  Valencia is a pretty good player who will do really well in his league tournament.  Jeff played only 2 and lost both 4-6, 3-6.  After he got angry for losing to Torro, Lanaban took advantage of the situation.  Brandon Miranda subbed in and played a fantastic match against Valencia and lost 2-6.  You couldn't tell Miranda was losing by they way he was playing!  Brandon Tran stuck it out against all three players and also had some amazing shots!  He lost 3-6, 0-6, 4-6.

 

Their doubles line up: Tatsumiya/Hegi, Furukawa/Bellamy, Hyum/Karpinsky.

 

Brian/Jeremy played only one today, due to Jeremy's wrist/brachial area swelling up.  They lost 0-6.  DJ/Andrew went in for them and lost the next two, 2-6, 1-6.

Mentor/Alexis found determination to go for it all, but came up short 5-7, 6-2, 2-6.

Shayn/Cameron also fought really hard, but their doubles teams were tough to beat.  They won 1 out of 2 with 6-1, 4-6.  Cameron's back was giving him some trouble so he was subbed out with Triston.  They lost the next set 1-6.

 

Thanks to the Mehnert & Weishan families for team snacks!

 

4/26/10:  After the last match against the Cavers of San Diego High, there was turmoil & animosity between the coaches, so playing them on their home court was a little nerve-racking.  We had sheer determination to beat them by more points than the time before ~ IT WAS ON!  We won 15-3!

 

Their line up in singles: Pinon, G. De Jesus, & Fujirama.

 

Max had a field day playing these guys!  He ripped through them as expected, 6-2, 6-0, 6-0!  Jeff defeated G. De Jesus easily as well, 6-1.  Taking on Pinon was a bit of a problem, and he lost 2-6.  Jeff came out and allowed Triston to take over, who easily defeated Fujimar 6-0!  Cameron's partner was running at a track meet today, so Cam wanted to play singles for us.  With his head still in the "doubles game", he won 1 out 3 with 6-3, 3-6, 2-6.  He was just having fun out there!

 

Their line up in doubles: Blair/Howell, Adams/Jimenez, Kowski/Ranch who were subbed out with Conner/Warner.  Our doubles swept the entire match!!!  Jeremy/Brian played in our #1 position and won 6-3, 6-2, 6-1.  Mentor/Alexis got all three with 6-1, 6-2, 6-0!  DJ/Andrew had a great time playing all three and defeating them 6-1, 7-5, 6-1!

 

It was exciting to have our score reflect more wins than the first round!

 

Team snacks were a combination of many of our generous families - thanks team!

 

4/25/12:  Serra traveled to Vista High School and played a very close match, only to lose 8-10.

 

Their line up in singles: Likens, Grein, & Crowe (all freshmen).

 

Max swept all of them easily 6-0, 6-0, 6-0.  We love when it's so easy for you, Max!

Jeff struggled against all of them, mostly because of the wind, but also because they played a slower paced game, causing Jeff into many unforced errors.  He lost 2 out of 3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4. Brandon Tran started off in #3 and lost 2-6 against Crowe, then DJ took over to play Likens and lost 1-6, and finally Triston went in against Grein and also lost 2-6.

 

Their line up in doubles: Dunbeck/Grogan, Hamilton/Broom, & MacMaster/Truhlar.

 

Shayn/Cameron won 2 out of 3, 1-6, 7-5, & 6-1.  Their #1 team of Dunbeck/Grogan were a very tough team to play!  They had excellent volleys, great court formations, and super overheads, that were strong.  Mentor/Alexis were also able to get 2 out of 3 against the same teams as Shayn/Cameron, 6-3, 6-4, 2-6.

Brian/Jeremy worked hard for their points, but fell short against all three teams - 3-6, 2-6, & 3-6

 

We love playing this team because their coach is amazing, kind, and fun.  Their players are exemplary, which helped make it a very nice match, overall!

 

Thanks to the Le family for team snacks!

 

4/24/12:  Serra loses to Point Loma, 7-11, but not without a fight! Our main goal was for each individual/doubles team to get the wins they needed to help them qualify for Eastern League Finals that will begin on May 15.

 

The Pointers had a different line-up than the first time we played them, which was to our advantage.  They put more of their strength in their singles line-up, and weakened their doubles.  For Serra, now that Mentor was playing in his rightful place, Max was able to play in his normal singles position.  For Point Loma in singles:  #1 Gareri, #2 Cramer, & #3 Dring.  In doubles: #1 Redzepovic/Saunders, #2 Young/Bermudez, #3 Beutler/Madan (who was subbed out with Rapp), and then both were subbed out in the third round with Cassell/Martinez.

 

Singles:

Max had a rough day at the office.  Facing Dominic for the last time in league play-offs, he was able to get a game off him!!  This took Max to an emotional high, that prepared him mentally to face Cramer.  With high hopes of beating Avery, Max was winning 5-4!  Suddenly, Avery fought back and Max was on the defensive.  They went into a tie-breaker, where Max lost 4-7. Disillusioned and discouraged, Max sat out the third set.  Thank you for giving everything you had today, Max.  You played with the kind of dignity we love.  Triston went in for Max to play against Dring, and got a game off him, losing 1-6! This was a match Triston needed to assist him in trying to secure enough matches in his quest to qualify for league finals.

 

 

Jeff also struggled against all three of Point Loma's guys, losing 1-6, 0-6, 0-6.  We had wind again today, which was a factor in Jeff's ball placement.  However, Jeff really kept his head together and played a fair match.

 

With Brandon Tran high on our challenge ladder, it was fitting for him to play in our #3 spot.  He played very, very well considering the level of players he faced!  He got 2 games off of Dring, and 1 game off of Gareri!!  This was so impressive!  His overall scores were 2-6, 1-6, 0-6.  Awesome job getting games, Tran!!  Not bad for a Freshman. :)

 

Doubles:

Excitement filled the air with all of our doubles teams working to get those wins under their belts!

 

Shayn/Cameron practiced new formations, signals, and strategies this week to prepare for this match, and it showed!!  They played some points that were absolutely amazing.  Their first set was a loss, with 4-6, but that didn't stop them from going out strong in the next two!  They won those with 6-3, 6-1! Everything was working in their favor and they should do well in the upcoming matches.

 

Brian/Jeremy also had a great day with their rhythm, timing, and flow all in their favor!! They lost their first set 5-7, but came back strong to win the next two 6-3, 7-5!  Brian was impressive with his volleys, overheads, serves, and stepping up when we really needed him to!  Jeremy was his typical self ~ diving for balls, rolling on the court, and chasing everything down (that's why we call him "Dash") ~  What a good team this has become!  We're looking forward to the next few matches now that we know what you're made of!

 

Mentor/Alexis took off running and never looked back!  They were the only team that swept ~ 6-0, 6-2, 6-1!  Their power, speed, short points, and awesome confidence is what got them their wins today.  As a highlight there was one shot that needs mentioning... a ball landed wide on Mentor's side of the court.  Seeming impossible to reach, Mentor ran as fast as he could to get it, reached out his racket to hit it, and "wham!" he was able to curve the ball around the outside pole and land the ball on the other side of the court for a winner!! This is a shot that is only seen by professionals like Federer, and Mentor felt like that with this incredible shot.  We're so glad you're back playing for OUR SIDE, Mentor!

 

Even though we lost today, it felt like we won, getting 1 more point against Point Loma than the time before.  It was a good match, with outstanding sportsmanship and good line calls on both sides.  It's so much better when everyone plays fair.

 

Thank you to Mrs. Nydam, our Vice Principal, for attending the match.  Her presence helped keep everyone under control, as well as support our Conquistadors.

 

Thank you to all the parents, extended family members, and Serra students for coming out to cheer us on!  This means so much to the team!

 

Thanks to the Miranda family for team snacks!

 

4/18/12:  Today our guys went out on the court to win, but came up short against the Norsemen of Valhalla, 8-10.  It was a close match that wasn't supposed to be that close, but we took it for granted that they were a weak team.

 

Their line up in singles: #1 O'Neil, #2 Pagliuso, & #3 Skinner.  In doubles: #1 Bienman/Miller, #2 Patch/Yousif, & #3 Freeman/Jabro

 

For Serra, Max was our #1, and he swept all three 6-2, 6-3, & 6-2.  The wind was a small factor, as it has been all season with us, so he made the adjustment and played strong.  Brandon Tran played in our #2 position, and struggled the entire time against their players.  He lost all three, 2-6, 0-6, & 3-6. Getting games was what he needed to do in case it came down to a tie, and he got them!  Brandon Miranda filled in our #3 spot, and also had a difficult time playing in the wind and against their consistent hitters.  He lost all three 3-6, 0-6, & 2-6.  He also did a good job of getting games for us!

 

In doubles we did a lot better overall, but still couldn't find the wins.  With Mentor back in the game for Serra, he was able play only one set.  This is all he is capable of until he's 100% healed.  This has been a slow process.

 

Our #1 team of Cameron/Shayn took the time to get more of their plays down and try some new techniques, so their scores didn't reflect how strong they really are together.  They won 2 out of 3 sets, 6-3, 6-3, & 3-6. Hopefully they have all the kinks worked out for next week's matches!

 

#2 for Serra was Andrew/DJ who were our heroes against Patrick Henry!  They played really strong and had some amazing points, but ended up losing all three sets, 3-6, 6-7 (2-7), & 2-6.  As they spend more time working together, they will get more wins this season.

 

Our #3 was Mentor/Alexis who barely got by with 7-5 against their #3!  Simple mistakes, along with Mentor's restricted mobility, is what made this one so close.  They were subbed out with Jeremy/Brian who pulled off both of their sets with 6-2, 6-2!  This team is looking like they belong together!

 

It's always hard to lose, and we hate it!  However, we need to keep in mind that we haven't had every strong player on the courts all together in a long time.  This has cost us throughout the season.

 

Our players have got to try and put the distractions out of their heads while playing on the courts.  Music from softball, parents screaming/talking to their sons who are playing, and loudness from the crowds in the stands nearby can take a toll on our mental game.  We can overcome these by shutting them out, and focusing on OUR GAME.

 

We are an awesome team who has stuck together through many obstacles this season and our confidence is not shaken!!  Let's go, Serra!!  We can make it happen!!

 

Thanks to the Velasco family for team snacks!

 

4/17/12:  We defeated Mission Bay 15-3 once again this season!

 

Today's match was played with our extras, who really dug deep to get the win for Serra! They may not be able to take on the top players in our league, but they sure know how to play awesome tennis!  They all listened to Coach Dabney on strategy and were able to find it in themselves to pull it off.  We were so proud of the way they fought it out!

 

The Mission Bay Buccaneers had 3 players, so all of them played singles.

 

#1 Wha Hong, #2 Dineen, & #3 Barragun

 

For the Serra Q's: #1 DJ, who was subbed out with King in the third round; #2 Brandon Tran, who was subbed out with Rudy in the third round; and #3 Brandon Miranda, who was subbed out with John in the third round.

 

DJ had to find his rhythm in his first set against Wha Hong, who kept popping the ball back like it was a ping pong ball.  His slices, coming to the net, and angled shots were too tough for DJ, so he lost 1-6.  He rotated to #3 next, and redeemed himself by defeating Barragun 6-4.  Good work today, DJ!

 

Brandon Tran came out strong against Dineen with 6-2, and then moved up to play Wha Hong, but lost 4-6.  Brandon had a difficult time fighting against the popping of the ball, the slices, and the net play from him.  They had some really good points, though!  Nice playing, Brandon Tran!

 

Brandon Miranda decided he would play as "Aggressive Brandon" and got two wins today!  He defeated #3 and #2 with 6-2, 7-5, respectively.  His outstanding sportsmanship has gained him a lot of respect in this league ~ just the way we like it!  Thanks for giving your best, Miranda!

 

In the third round, all of our players were subbed out and what a round it was!

 

King lost to #1, 1-6, with his confidence high and attitude even higher!  He represented Serra very well!

 

Rudy figured out that Dineen cracks under pressure, so he kept the pressure on until he won 7-5!  Their points were really fun to watch!  Rudy never gave in!!

 

John was unstoppable!  He went in with the determination to take every point and kept his head in the game until he did just that!  He defeated Barragun 6-2!

 

All of our guys showed the spirit of Serra Tennis by their outstanding line calls, good sportsmanship, and positive attitudes.  We couldn't be more proud of the way they represented our team and school. Our overall record is now 9-5, and league record is 7-2.

 

Thanks to the Barnet family for team snacks!

 

4/12/12:  Today's match ended the way it should have with Serra coming out on top, 15-3 against the Morse Tigers!

 

The Tigers' line up in singles: #1 De Los Santos, #2 Pelayo, & #3 Viola.

In doubles they had: #1 Leano/Gamboa, #2 Balcita/Martinez, & #3 Macaspac/Garcia.

 

Singles:

Max played in our #1 spot and seemed to be having a lot of fun getting great shots in against these players, who were pretty decent.  He defeated all three 6-1, 6-2, 6-0.

 

Cameron was in our #2 court, due to his partner running in a track meet.  He did a good job in singles by remaining focused and knowing what to do with the ball.  He was able to win 2 out of 3 for us with 6-4, 6-1, 4-6.

 

Brandon Miranda was playing for us in the #3 position, and also played a great match, but he only got 1 off of them with 6-1, 0-6, 4-6.  He listens well to his coach when it really counts and did so well today.

 

Doubles:

Mentor is back!! We are so happy with Mentor's recovery and we welcomed him back with open arms!  We completely swept doubles with our newly formed teams this week. Alexis/Jeremy did an awesome job together defeating Morse's #1 & #2, 6-0, 6-0.  Then Mentor took over for Jeremy in the third round.  After the second change over, he and Alexis were ahead 2-1, when Mentor came to the sidelines asking to come out due to back pain.  When he realized that his set would be forfeited if he retired, he decided to finish it out.  They won 6-3!  What an awesome way to come back Mentor!  It took a new strategy, but Alexis did his part by protecting his partner and it worked.

 

In our #2 court was the new team of Andrew/DJ.  After an amazing win against Patrick Henry, we decided to see if the chemistry between them would carry on into this match, and it did!!  They swept all three, 6-3, 6-1, 7-5.  They are well on their way to having a good enough record to make it easily into league finals!  Amazing job today, guys!!

 

For our #3 spot, we had Brian/Brandon Tran, who were also able to sweep 6-1, 6-3, 6-4.  This was their first time working together, but their strength was enough to get the wins we needed.  Great job adjusting to each other!

 

Our team has come together in so many ways to prove that we are strong.  We are #3 in the league and have 6 more matches to play.   A lot can happen in the coming weeks and Serra is the team to watch!!  We have decided as a team to now focus on individual records to see how many of our players can make it to CIF.   Our chance of winning the league is gone, but it doesn't mean we can't get a lot of our players into the play-offs. Look for our guys to play their hearts out in the coming weeks!  We appreciate everyone who comes out to support us!   Thank you!!!!!!

 

Thanks to the Bajrami family for team snacks!

 

4/10/12: Serra s-q-u-e-e-z-e-d past Patrick Henry today with a 9-9 tie, but took the win by earning more games overall, 76-74!

 

Each of the three rounds in today's match ended in a tie, which made this a nail-biting finish. The wind was a factor, as it was for us at West Hills, so our team had to compensate a lot of their shots and fight it as much as they had to fight the Patriots of Patrick Henry.

 

 

Henry's line up in singles: #1 Sheedy (who was subbed out in the third round with Osorno), #2 Chau, and #3 Sumnicht. In doubles: #1 Honig/Slaymaker, #2 Strohl/Gross (who was their TRUE #1 was subbed out with Brody/Barron in the second round), and #3 Meyers/Moore (a JV team).

 

Singles:

In the first set, Max was struggling with the wind and had difficulty getting his first serve in, but made the adjustment and pulled off three wins 6-1, 6-3, 6-1.  These were important wins for Max's individual record in the league.  Great job, Max!!

 

Jeff played in our #2 position, by his request, and also had a hard time with the wind along his own emotions. He ended up losing two out of his three sets, 2-6, 6-2, 1-6.  He was able to get enough games to help out the overall team win.  Nice work, Jeff!

 

We started Vincent off in our #3 spot and he lost to Sumnicht 1-6.  He was then subbed out with Brandon Miranda, who lost both of his sets, 4-6, 0-6.  Those 4 games made a huge difference in this match!

 

Doubles:

Realizing the Patriots' doubles line-up, we played Triston/Brian in our #1 position.  They lost 1-6, 6-7 (9-11) before being subbed out with DJ/Andrew in the third set.  Little did we know that these two would pull off the overall team win!! What a great win!!

 

In our #2 position was the new team of Cameron/Shayn, who won 2 out of 3 of their sets, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.  Their only loss was to Strohl/Gross, which was a battle with some awesome shots from our team.  These wins helped their individual record in the league!

 

The #3 team of Alexis/Jeremy did well winning 2 out of 3 sets, 6-1, 6-1, 4-6.  In the third set, Jeremy experienced a slight injury to his groin and had some difficulty chasing down balls.  Overall, they were able to get their individual record going.

 

With Mentor still out, we have made all the adjustments we can make at this point in time.  Our team has come together in complete unity, trying to combat our deficiency and it looks like it paid off in the end.  We're looking forward to many more wins in this second round of Eastern League play!

 

We want to give a "shout out" to Coach Tibbs of Patrick Henry for his amazing attitude and sportsmanship.  He's always a delight to play!

 

Thanks to Max's grandparents, Bob & Nadine Weishan, for providing team snacks!

 

3/29/12:  The Mauraders of Mira Mesa proved to be the better team today by winning 11-7.

 

Our Conquistadors went all out with complete confidence but our game plan was shaken up by Mira Mesa, who had a solid singles line-up and doubles teams that worked well together.  Mira Mesa insisted that we rotate DOWN instead of UP, and use NO-AD scoring in an attempt to throw us off.

 

Mira Mesa's line-up in singles: #1 Truong, #2 Donahue, & #3 Celones.

Their doubles were: #1 Bautista/Gaing, #2 Kowluri/Shaw, & #3 Tran/Nguyenton (who was subbed out in the second round by a different Tran).

 

In singles:

Max swept all three easily 6-4, 6-1, 6-0 (Celones was forced to retire due to cramping).  Triston played for us in the #2 position and did what he was supposed to do...get games!  He lost all three 1-6, 2-6, 0-6.  It was nice to see a smile on his face after coming off the court!  Brandon Tran took on the #3 spot and also did his job by getting games.  He lost all three 0-6, 1-6 (off of Truong), and 0-6.

 

In doubles:

Jeff/Brian had our #1 position and swept all three! They had a little bit of trouble with a couple of teams, but were able to finish it out with 6-4, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4.

Shayn/Cameron had some struggles as well, but were able to get away with 1 out of 3 wins.  They lost to #2 in a close match with 6-7 (5-7), then came back with a win against #3, 6-2, and finally lost to #1, 4-6.  Alexis/Jeremy struggled all day with the other teams and lost all three 3-6, 5-7, 2-6.

 

It seemed as though our unforced errors were the biggest cause of our losses, as well as the fact that we were still missing one of our key players, Mentor.  Although we all can't grasp the reason behind his illness, it has certainly caused us to pull together and bond as a team.  We win and lose together, with the hope of getting the next one.

 

After spring break, round 2 of Eastern League play resumes and everyone better watch out for Serra!  Expect great things from this team in the next few weeks!! 

 

Our team record is now 6-5.

 

Thanks to the Lund family for snacks!

 

3/28/12:  Serra defeats El Capitan 12-6!

 

Today's line up in singles for El Cap: #1 Tabor, #2 Ross, & #3 Santiago

Their doubles line up: #1 Blaha/Edwards, #2 Bowman/Rice, & #3 Awerman/Martindale

 

The wind was a huge factor, once again, while playing at Serra.  The players really had to compensate their shots to fight it off, but they did it!

 

In singles:

Max performed his magic by defeating all three players 6-0, 6-1, 6-0.  El Cap players were impressed with the way Max served, hit, and played his game. Yeah, he's pretty amazing!

 

Jeff also played singles for us, and swept!  6-3, 6-3, 6-4.  Jeff has been playing with such confidence, keeping his head focused on his games like an animal preying on its dinner! Well done, Jeff.

 

Vincent went in as our #3, and defeated their #3 with 6-2, but then lost the next two sets, 1-6, 0-6.  Way to get points for Serra, Vincent!

 

In doubles:

With Mentor still out this week, we continued to rearrange our teams to maximize our talent and get results.

 

Alexis/Jeremy were in the #1 spot and struggled against Blaha/Edwards, who were pretty good!  They lost against them 3-6, but then made a great come back by defeating #2 & #3 with 6-3, 6-2.  This was Alexis/Jeremy's second time playing together and the chemistry works!

 

Shayn/Cameron played in our #2 position, playing together for the first time.  In an effort to try new tactics, they won the first set 6-1 and the second set 7-5.  Facing Blaha/Edwards created a real challenge for them however, and couldn't quite pull it off.  They lost 4-6.  These sets gave Shayn/Cameron the opportunity to analyze their mistakes so they could correct them before our next match.  Good job, guys!

 

Brian/Andrew took over our #3 spot, and lost to El Cap's #3, 4-6,  and #1 with 2-6.  They were able to get the #2 guys with 6-3.  Brian/Andrew really seemed to be having a lot of fun playing together, and did well by getting games!

 

Overall, it was a good match.  It's always fun to play El Capitan because the players are respectful, the coach is awesome, and it's clean tennis.  Our record is now 6-4.

 

Thanks to the Huynh family for snacks!

 

3/27/12:  Our Conquistadors defeated the Cavers of San Diego High, 12-6!

 

Purple ribbons were distributed around Serra today to raise awareness of Epilepsy.  Every member of our team received their ribbon and wore it proudly in honor of Mentor.

 

We were still without Mentor, so changes were made in our line-up that helped us get the most out of our talent.  Yesterday, Coach Dabney discussed the spirit of excellence which is "doing the BEST with what you have".  We have great players on this team who were able to step up and be excellent for us today!

 

The Cavers' line up in singles: #1 Pinon, #2 Cauchan, and #3 Howell who was subbed out with Ramirez.  In doubles they had: #1 Jimenez/Adams, #2 Blair/Shakar, and #3 Kowski/De Agastin.

 

In singles:

Max easily swept all three sets with 6-2, 6-0, 6-0.  By the time San Diego subbed in Ramirez, Max figured out that this player was very new to the game of tennis, so he respectfully slowed his game down and allowed Ramirez to try and play.  It was a classy move on Max's part!

 

Vincent played in our #2 position and lost to #2 and #1, 1-6, 2-6 respectively, and defeated #3 5-3 after Howell retired from an injury.  Vincent sure stopped him from screaming out "Come on!", by just playing a good clean match and not allowing Howell to get him riled up!  Nice work, Vincent!

 

Andrew was in our #3 position but lost 3-6, 0-6, 2-6.  The best part about Andrew was that he kept his head in the game, he wouldn't allow the other team to "steal" points, and had a game plan!  The plan went well for a long time.

 

In doubles:

Jeff/Brian showed themselves to be very tough by sweeping all three sets 6-2, 6-0, 6-0! Nicely done, guys!  Their angled shots, and serves were just too hard for San Diego to defend!

 

Alexis/Jeremy were on fire as well, by sweeping all three with 6-2, 6-1, 6-2!  The wind was not strong enough to keep our guys from doing what they needed to do to win!  Great playing today ~ especially since this was your first time playing together!

 

Brandon Tran/Cameron were also together for the first time and did very well. They defeated #3 6-1, and #2 6-1, but lost to #1 4-6.  They got enough for the win and that's all that matters!  Good team work, guys!

 

The next time around, we will have Mentor and Shayn (who was running today), and that should make all the difference in the scores.  Hopefully, the wind will not be as hard to battle next time.

 

Thank you to a couple of our tennis alumni for showing up and supporting our team!  Damian and Yip from 2008 season dropped by to check us out!  They were not surprised by the score, but were very surprised at the size of our team!  Both of them expressed how many good memories they had here. :)

 

Thanks to the Lozano family for snacks!

 

3/22/12:  Our Serra Q's suffered a heart-wrenching, disappointing loss against our rival Point Loma, 6-12.

 

The Pointers' line up in singles: #1 Gareri, #2 Cramer, #3 Martinez (subbed out with Dring in the third round).  In doubles they had: #1 Madan/Redzepovic, #2 Saunders/DeFreitas, #3 Young/Bermudez

 

Our Conquistador line up in singles: #1 Brandon Miranda, #2 Andrew, #3 Jeff.  In doubles: #1 Max/Brian, #2 Shayn/Jeremy, #3 Cameron/Alexis

 

This week was traumatic for our team with Mentor unexpectedly hospitalized for a few days.  We could have put our tails between our legs and surrendered, but our guys found the fighting spirit within and decided it was worth the effort to make necessary changes and do whatever it took to beat Point Loma.  Mentor was our inspiration for the determination to practice hard and go out there with courage.  He even surprised us by showing up at the match!

 

Point Loma thought they would confuse us by changing the rotation of players, having us rotate down as opposed to rotating up.  In comparison to a home match, this was similar to how we would play and gave us an advantage.

 

Our team came out in full speed, with "let's go!" being vocalized from everyone.  Point Loma decided to mock us with their own versions of "let's go", but it did not distract us from playing clean tennis.  It only made the competition that much more intense.

 

In the first round, Serra made a huge statement by taking 4 out of 6 points!  Point Loma was scrambling for answers.

 

In singles:

Brandon lost 0-6, 0-6, 2-6.

Andrew lost 0-6, 1-6, 0-6.

Jeff defeated Martinez easily 6-0, then lost to Gareri 1-6, and 1-6 to Cramer.  Jeff met his goal of beating Martinez 6-0, and getting at least one game off of Dominic!

 

Seeing how well our doubles teams were doing, the Point Loma coach rushed the singles on to get their team scores up, for the mental advantage to his team.  As doubles were completing their second round, singles were already finished with their third round.

 

In doubles:

In the first round, all three of our teams swept with 6-0, 6-1, 6-2!!  The second round was a lot closer in scores, giving the Pointers a slight come back.

 

Max/Brian defeated #2, 7-5.  Brian was the target once they figured out how strong Max was, so there were more unforced errors in this set.  They then beat #3 easily 6-1.

 

Shayn/Jeremy lost their second set in a tie-breaker 6-7 (4-7).  This brought Shayn down emotionally, which made it very difficult to come back in the next set.  Jeremy took a nasty spill on the court, scraping his hand, knee, and hurting his ankle making it hard to get to the ball in the next set against #1, so they lost 1-6.

 

Cameron/Alexis were working together for the first time, so having them in our #3 position was perfect.  Their second round play also went to a tie-breaker, but they lost 6-7 (2-7).  They worked extra hard to bring it together in the third round with so many great points, but they lost to #2, 3-6.

 

This match showed how much heart Serra has, by the passion they put into every set.  We never give up, we never stop giving our best, and we never walk off the court with heads held down.  The tennis that was played, had to be the best of the season so far.  Shots were planned and executed to perfection, doubles teams communicated clearly with each other, singles kept their heads in the game, and good calls were made the entire time.  Even though we were down by a key player, it was awesome to see the team come together in complete unity.

 

 

We had no excuses for our loss.  We accept it for what it is and will come back next time for the win!  We are the only team in the league to get this many sets off of Point Loma, so we can only do better against them next time. Great tennis and great attitudes Serra!

 

Thanks to the Mehnert family for snacks!

 

3/15/12:  Serra defeats Mission Bay 15-3.

 

Just before the match began, Mission Bay's coach informed us that they had only 3 players, and decided to play them in singles.  The Buccaneers Line up: #1 Hong, #2 Dineen, & #3 Barragan.  For the Conquistadors: #1 Andrew, #2 D.J., & #3 Brandon Tran.

 

Andrew really stepped up for us today defeating two of their players with 6-3, 6-1.  With Andrew's beautiful ground strokes, accurate serves, and smart playing, he represented Serra very well!  He was subbed out with King, playing his first league match after coming back from an injury.  He played Barragan and lost 4-6, but fought hard for those 4 games. He kept his head together and played outstanding tennis.  Not bad for someone who learned how to play just 4 months ago!

 

D.J. had close matches all day!  He came from behind in the set against Barragan to go to a tie-breaker, and won 7-6 (7-5). He then lost his other two sets 4-6, 4-6.  D.J. certainly put a lot of what we practiced into his games.

 

Brandon Tran did a fantastic job of sweeping all three!! 6-1, 6-1, 7-5.  Thankfully, he asked about when he should play a tie-breaker BEFORE it happened! :)

 

With no doubles to play, the rest of our team had a good, hard practice, so not to waste valuable time.  They all came off the courts sweaty, tired, and accomplished.  It's great to see the camaraderie between the teammates at Serra.  There's respect, honesty, friendship, and trust among them.  This is key to a successful team.  Our record is now 4-3.

 

Thanks to the Ortiz family for snacks!

 

3/14/12: Our Conquistadors took down West Hills H.S. with a 14-4 win!  This is the second year in a row that Serra has defeated this team by a wide margin, even with the strong winds working in their favor.

 

Their line up in singles: #1 Jeff Cooley, #2 Michael Gregory, and #3 Jacob Samson.  In doubles they had #1 Richardson/Ruiz, #2 Wolfe/Saenz, and #3 Ian/Lococo.

 

In singles:

Max worked his magic and defeated all three with 6-2, 6-0, 6-2.  He commented that he was playing at about 25% so that their players could lose with some dignity.  That shows the type of class Serra High School portrays.  Thank you for your leadership, Max!  Brandon Miranda played in the #2 position and lost 0-6, 1-6, and then defeated Samson with an easy 6-2 ~ once he listened to his coach!  Great playing, Miranda! Andrew stepped up into the #3 spot and defeated Samson 6-2, and then lost to Gregory and Cooley, 2-6, 1-6, respectively.  Way to help out the team, Andrew!

 

In doubles, we had the most fun ever!  Our doubles teams, along with the singles players, had to fight the wind, along the quirky shots from West Hills, which made for some extremely funny moments!  They also swept the entire match! Mentor/Alexis won with 6-0, 6-0, 6-1 ~ almost a golden set!  These two are working together with great syncopation!  Jeremy/Cameron were working together for the first time to get their rhythm & timing down and won with 6-4, 6-2, 6-3. Shayn/Jeff were also put together for the first time and were able to get all three with 6-0, 6-2, 6-0.  Their strategy to work with the wind, was what they needed.

 

A few highlights include: West Hills doubles #2 serving directly into the BEHIND of his teammate, causing Shayn to laugh so hard that he missed an easy overhead!  Coach Dab was laughing along with them! Another notable moment was when an easy volley came right at Shayn who swung his racket so hard that the ball just clipped his frame and he missed the shot completely!

 

Finally, our "extra players" are clearly part of our Varsity Team.  However, they sometimes end up playing the "JV Team" of our opponent.  That happened today.  During introductions, the West Hills coach announced his JV players, so we reciprocated with announcing our "JV" players....but our guys were completely surprised when their name was being called to shake hands with the opponent! So funny.

 

As Serra's Brandon Tran was playing against West Hills JV #1, Coach Dab happened to walk by and see that the score card showed "6-7".  When Coach asked about the score, Brandon's response was, "We forgot to play a tie-breaker".   When the score got to be 7-7, the West Hills coach inquired about it as well.  A tie-breaker was finally played and Brandon came out on top with 8-7 (7-2).  Captain Max dubbed Brandon Tran as our own "John Isner"!  Perfect.  Awww freshmen!

 

Thanks to the Olea family for snacks!

 

3/13/12: Our Conquistadors easily defeated Morse 12-6 with all of our newbies playing their first league match! As soon as we knew we had the majority of points (10), we began to sub in our new-comers to give them a chance to earn their Varsity Letter as well as take on players from the Eastern League.  It was fun to watch them get their strategies down to make it happen.

 

Morse Tigers' line up: Singles - #1 De Los Santos, #2 Viola, #3 Martinez.  Doubles - #1 Leano/Gamboa, #2 Baleita/Yturralde, #3 Beato/Patton.

 

In singles:

Max played two sets and won 6-1, 6-0.  He was subbed out with Rudy who lost in a very close tie-breaker against Viola, 6-7 (6-8).  Vincent struggled with his serve today and only won 1 against Viola, 6-2. His other scores were 2-6, 4-6. Brandon Miranda came out strong against Martinez and defeated him 6-3! This is Miranda's first win for our team! 

 

In doubles:

Mentor/Alexis played two sets and won 6-1, 6-0.  Daniel/John subbed in for them, but lost 3-6.

Jeremy/Cameron remained in the match for all three sets and defeated all three with 6-1, 6-3, 6-3.

Brian/Andrew played together for the first time this year and played one set, but they lost 4-6.  It could have been due to a bee sting that Brian suffered during the set, which distracted him from hitting better.  DJ/Brandon Tran took over for them and defeated #3, 6-1, but lost to #1, 4-6.

 

Coach Dabney was very proud of the efforts from everyone for pulling their weight and working hard for the team.

Go Conquistadors!!

 

Thanks to the Araujo family for snacks!

 

3/8/12: Our Conquistadors showed complete confidence as they went head-to-head against Patrick Henry today, defeating them 10-8 in our first league match of the season!  The Patriots came out with a mixed up line-up, which did not fare well for them in the end, because our team figured it out early enough to fight for the win.  Their line-up included Osorno, Chau, & Sumnicht in singles, and Brody/Barron, Honig/Good, & Strohl/Gross in doubles.

 

In singles:

Max came out on top again with three wins: 6-2, 6-1, 6-3.  Sumnicht gave Max a little bit of trouble by continually pushing the ball back, causing Max to have more unforced errors than he planned!  As always, Max found the mental focus to put it away and take the lead.  His win against Sumnicht is what gave our team the 10th point! Andrew started off as our #2 and was able to get one game off of Chau.  The score doesn't reflect how well Andrew played, though!  He was strong, had amazing shots, and his serves gave Chau some problems.  It was a good match to watch.  Vincent subbed in for Andrew and played the next two sets.  His first set against Sumnicht gave him some trouble.  They each held serve and broke serve, and eventually ended up in a tie-breaker.   Vincent had the lead with 6-1, and after realizing he had to win with 7, continued to play it out, but lost 6-8.  This was another really fun match to watch because both boys played with a similar style.  In the last set, Vincent lost to Osorno 1-6.

Our new player, Brandon Miranda, stepped up to play #3 for us.  With his beautiful strokes, powerful serves, and fancy footwork, he still was not able to beat any of them.  His scores were: 0-6, 0-6, 1-6.  It was great to see him hustle off the courts with a smile on his face, though!

 

In doubles:

Jeff/Cameron played together to give us a powerhouse for Patrick Henry to fend against.  It worked! With Henry putting their #3 in the #1 spot, and #1 in the #3 spot, Jeff/Cameron were able to get 2 out of 3 sets, with 6-0, 6-2, 2-6.  These two have a fantastic rhythm together!  Mentor/Alexis found their rhythm as well today, and something magical happened.  Emotions ran high as they attacked every doubles team with power, strength, and finesse!  They were the only doubles team that swept all three with 6-3, 6-3, 6-2!  Their confidence is what brought them through today. Shayn/Jeremy had the unfortunate luck of getting Henry's #1 first.  They knew it immediately, so they went out fighting hard.  However, with quite a few unforced errors, some double faulting, and things not clicking, they lost 0-6.  Next time we play them, it will be a different result!  Shayn/Jeremy went on to play the next two teams defeating them 6-3, 6-1. The win today raised our confidence, our spirits, and our teamwork.  This is only the beginning of our winning streak!

 

Thank you to the Smith family for snacks today!

 

 

 

3/7/12:  We would like to extend a Conquistador welcome to our newest teammate, freshman Brandon Miranda!  He is a great addition to our tennis family.

 

Our team was courageous today against the mighty Bulldogs of Ramona High School.  Serra was pumped up, mentally prepared, and enthused about playing a team that has been competitive for us in the past.  Ramona showed themselves to be a bit better this year by defeating us 12-6.

 

Ramona's line up had Streeter, Failla, and Barber in singles, and Shupe/McDonald, Martin/Peterson, and Wilcox/Mellecker (subbed in by Flores) in doubles.

 

In singles:

Max remained strong throughout the entire match, by defeating all three of Ramona's players, 6-4, 6-0, 6-4.  After a few bad line calls in the first set, Max found his mental strength to overcome and bring home the wins.  Jeff was in the #2 position, getting a lot of games overall.  Finding the courage to fight back from a bad practice the day before, he was able to pull out 3-6, 2-6, and win his last set 6-4. It's not easy to lose the first two sets and come back to win the third, unless you have found that positive attitude that encourages you to keep fighting. Freshman Brandon Tran played as our #3, and expressed how much he learned from today's match.  He lost all three sets 0-6, 0-6, 0-6.  This is definitely Brandon's "training" year and he will be the one to watch in the years to come.

 

 

In doubles:

Mentor & Alexis worked well together and were able to get one win for the team.  They're still getting to know how each other operates, but their communication is improving daily.  Their scores were 1-6, 7-5, 1-6.  Our #2 doubles team of Cameron and new-comer, Brandon Miranda played well together in their first match.  They defeated Ramona's #2, 7-6 (7-5), but lost the last two 1-6, 4-6.  As the season progresses, this will be a very difficult team to beat.  Vincent was Jeremy's partner, due to Shayn running in a track meet and they were able to get some games, 1-6, 4-6.  Brian then subbed in for Vincent in the last set, but they lost 0-6 against Ramona's #1 team.

 

Even though this was our third loss, our team rallied together, held their heads up high, and showed respect for the Bulldogs, who deserved to win.  They were the better team, but we gave them a reason to worry.  We played some amazing points!  We're now ready for the Eastern League!

 

After the match, our Parent Brigade drove the team to a local taco shop for some "interesting" Mexican cuisine.  I don't think we've ever seen lime-green-colored guacamole before!

 

Thank you to the Halstead family for providing snacks!

 

 3/1/12: Serra suffered two losses this week, against teams we knew would give us some trouble, because they have always been strong against us.

 

Saint Augustine gained an amazing new singles player who defeated all three of our singles guys, 6-4 (against Max), 6-0 (against Brandon Tran), and 6-0 (against Vincent).  Luis Miranda remains a tough competitor as well, taking all three sets, 6-0, 6-0, 6-0.  The only singles win we got was Max vs. their #3 with a 6-0. The majority of our points were won in doubles with 5 out of 9 points.  We lost with an overall score of 6-12.  Not bad, knowing that Saints never put in their true #1 or #2 doubles teams.

 

Today against Scripps Ranch, we took a big hit with a 4-14 loss.  Max showed his outstanding athletic ability by pulling out 3 wins 7-5, 6-2, 6-0.  Our 4th point came from Cameron in singles against one of their subs, 7-5. What a fight to the end!  Great playing guys!!   Jeff came really close to beating another of their subs, when he was ahead 5-2, but somehow lost 5-7.  Our doubles teams had so many opportunities to close out the points, but Scripps showed once again that they are the better team, by sweeping all of the doubles matches. They subbed in the entire third round and still beat us out. 

 

Both of these non-league matches have taught us where we need to work and after next week, we will have the tools under our belts to pull through the rest of the season with more wins!

 

Thank you to the Wilkinson family for providing snacks on Wednesday and to the Weishan family for snacks today!

 

 2/28/12: Our motto for this season is "No Fear" accompanied by the sub-motto of "20-0".  These are our team goals set by Coach Dabney and captains, Max Weishan & Jeremy Velasco. Today's scrimmage against Mount Miguel High School showed that the Conquistadors have it in them to meet those goals.  Confidence was high entering this match, knowing full well that we were experimenting with certain players in positions in which they may not have had experience.

 

In singles, Jeff, Max, Triston, Cameron, and two of our new-comers - Rudy and Brandon Tran - all shared the responsibility of pulling off 7 out of 9 wins.  It was clear that Mt. Miguel changed their line-up (as did we) and placed their true #1 player in the #2 position, so Max faced off with MMHS player, Bank, right off the bat, and defeated him 6-2. He then went on to defeat their #3 & #1, 6-0, 6-1, respectively.  Nicely done, Max!  Jeff played #1 Joseph and beat him 6-0 in the first round and was subbed out with Brandon, who lost to Bank 1-6, but showed amazing flare along with beautiful strokes.  Rudy then took over the helm and played #3, defeating him 6-2!  This was Rudy's first singles match after playing doubles on JV last year (we're still trying to get him to smile about it)!  Triston came out after JUST finishing CIF play-offs for varsity soccer, as our starting #3.  Their #3 player, Trent,  had never played in a match before, but did a great job keeping the ball in as much as possible.  That's not an easy task with the pressure of playing singles!  Triston beat him 6-0 and was then subbed out with Cameron, who lost to #1 (Joseph) 3-6, then came back with a huge win against #2 (Bank) 6-3! What a way to finish it out, Cam!

 

Our doubles teams rocked today with a sweep of all sets! We had new-comer Alexis with returner Mentor as our #1 who took out #1 & #2 easily with 6-1, 6-0, before being subbed out by returner Andrew and new-comer DJ, who defeated #3, 6-4.  Our #2 duo from last year, Jeremy & Shayn had golden sets against all three teams, 6-0, 6-0, 6-0, starting off their season strong.  Returners Brian & Vincent played together for the first time today, trying to find their rhythm.  They found it toward the end of their first set and pulled off a sweep with 6-4, 6-2, 6-0.

 

Come out and watch us win this season!  It's great to have all the parents sitting/standing around (sometimes freezing their little behinds off) supporting the team.  It's fun, suspenseful, and exciting!!  We love our Parent Brigade and our fans!

 

Our newly surfaced tennis courts are extremely beautiful and safe to play on, giving our team, coach, parents, and spectators pride.  We would like to give a "shout out" to Match Point for their amazing resurfacing work, Open Space Committee in Tierrasanta (Jan Eby, specifically) for funding the project along with San Diego Unified School District for their funding, Athletic Director Jonn Pisapia and Principal Mike Jimenez for their support of the project and allowing us to keep the gates locked for added security, and Pat & Monica Weishan for assisting Coach Dabney in spear-heading this large under-taking that proved to be successful!!  Thank you to Pat Weishan for making new Court Number Signs, decked out in our Serra Gold and Brown too!!   Together we can make a difference.

 

Thank you to the Tran Family for providing snacks to the team today!

 

2/18/12:  CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW MEN'S TENNIS TEAM 2012!  Max Weishan, Jeff Mehnert, Jeremy Velasco, Brian Le, Mentor Bajrami, Triston Barnet, Brandon Tran, DJ Smith, King Diaz, Daniel Araujo, Alexis Olea, Vincent Huynh, Cameron Wilkinson, Shayn Lozano, Andrew Lund, Rudy Ortiz, John Halstead, Brandon Miranda!  Practice begins on Monday 2/21 at 10:00 - be at the courts by 9:45.  What an awesome season this will be!!

 

 2/2/12: NEED A PHYSICAL?  Here are some schools offering to do it for you, without you making a doctor's appointment!  It's usually $30 CASH ONLY.

 

Feb. 10 Helix High School - 3:00-4:00pm

Feb. 17 San Diego High School - 2:45-3:45pm

Feb. 22 High Tech High, Point Loma - 3:30-4:30pm

Feb. 23 High Tech High, Chula Vista - 3:30-4:30pm

 

For event details, including location on each campus, cost, address & maps, please refer to the website below:

 

www.physiciansportsphysicals.com

 

PLEASE don't wait until the last minute! Tryouts are SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 @ 8:00AM!

 

1/10/12:  There will be a pre-season meeting for boys tennis on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18 at the tennis courts during lunch.

 

12/4/11: Winter Open Court Workouts will start on Monday (12/5/11) on our new courts! :)  We will go after school until 4pm for those who want to attend.  If you don't have a racket, one will be provided for you to use.  A pre-season meeting will occur after Winter Break, so stay tuned.

 

Due to popular demand, we will be having our own ribbon cutting ceremony to induct our new tennis courts to the school!  This will occur on Monday, 12/5 at 2:45pm and everyone is welcome to attend. Thank you and hope to see you there!

2011

5/25/11:  Our season came to an official close this week with our top 5 players going to CIF playoffs at the Barnes Tennis Center.  On Monday, singles players from all over the county gathered to play their way through a tough tournament bracket.  Serra's #1 singles player, Max Weishan, entered the tournament with the utmost confidence & positive attitude as he took on Brandon Yang from Canyon Crest Academy (CCA).  In the past, Brandon & Max had beaten each other in USTA tournaments, but with Max's positive mental & physical game, he could not be stopped! Every point was carefully calculated, planned, & accurately placed, giving Max the edge, defeating Brandon in straight sets 6-3, 6-1, moving him into the second round.  Max's next opponent was Michael Rabinovich the tournament's #13 seed from La Jolla High School.  Michael's huge serve, backhand slice, & wide wing span were difficult for Max to overcome.  He won in straight sets 6-0, 6-1, but Max left the court with a smile on his face.  It was an honor having Max represent Serra with the talent & skill he possesses & it clearly showed that he belonged in this tournament.  Next year, he will be back!  We are all proud of your accomplishments this season, Max!  Awesome, awesome job!

 

On Tuesday, it was doubles' turn to play. Serra's #1 team of Jordan & Drew took on Rodriguez & Stephens, a couple of singles players from Brawley that were put together for CIF.  Underestimating their opponent, Jordan & Drew were awe-struck at the talent this team possessed!  Brawley came on strong, powerful, & had shots that didn't miss!  Working to counteract their every move, they were too much for our Serra team, but it wasn't because Serra played badly. Jordan & Drew had great serves, good ball placement, & made the right decisions at the right time.  The Brawley team just knew how to get to every ball & put it away. Sadly, they defeated Jordan & Drew 6-1, 6-3.  Jordan & Drew have served our team well & did an excellent job all season, playing both singles & doubles to help Serra get the wins we needed.  You did your best at CIF & have nothing to be ashamed of.  We are proud of you for representing Serra with class.

 

In an adjacent court, Serra's #2 team of Cory & Palmer were playing Bionconi & Sjoberg from High Tech High.  Serra defeated them easily with 6-2, 6-0 & moved on to the second round to play the #2 seed from Torrey Pines, Eck & Levie.  Thankfully, Cory & Palmer brought their "A" game, because serves were going in well, planned shots were throwing Torrey Pines off, & they were not shut out.  Cory & Palmer lost 6-1, 6-1, but felt they played their best tennis.  This doubles combination is special to our team because they both participate in other sports in the same season as tennis, so to make it all the way to CIF playoffs, even though they were not present for every practice or match, is amazing!  Thank you for your contributions to our team & for doing your best every time you stepped on the court.  We are proud of your efforts & for sharing your talent with the Serra tennis program.

 

CIF playoffs are always exciting, but also a little sad when realizing that these are the last high school tennis matches that our seniors will play.  It has been fun watching them grow & develop into fine tennis players.                             

 

 

 

5/22/11:   It's official: Tennis matches start at 1:00pm on Monday & Tuesday for CIF.  Anyone who would like to attend & watch are welcome! We would love to have you there to cheer our guys on! There will be 2 rounds played each day.  All CIF matches are played at Barnes Tennis Center.

 

5/18/11:   LEAGUE FINALS -- Today was an exciting, & yet odd, day of tennis at Peninsula Tennis Club for our Individual League Finals Tournament.  To start, the entire Morse team defaulted.  Every match they were scheduled to play was given over to their opponents, which threw off our tournament slightly.  With the cooperative weather from today, we ended up playing three rounds, getting us caught up from yesterday's rain cancellation!

 

SINGLES:

Jeff, Cameron Wilkinson, Triston, & Max represented Serra very well today in the singles draw. Jeff lost a tough first round match to Patrick Henry's #2 player, Vincent Tran. Jeff fought hard for each point & started to really rally a match comeback, but came up short 5-8 (8 game pro-set).  Jeff, congratulations on a fine season.  Cameron Wilkinson won his first set (8 game pro-set) 8-4 against Patrick Henry's Galazkowski.  He then moved on to play the #1 seed, Gareri from Point Loma.  Cameron is out of contention for CIF, but look for great things from this freshman in the years to come!  He is on his way!  Great job today, Cameron!  Triston defeated Mission Bay's Dineen (8 game pro-set) 8-4, & had to play the #2 seed from Point Loma, Axel Cramer.  Good job taking it easy on Axel, Triston! (ha ha ha)  You did well with the draw you were given.  Max took on Mira Mesa's Espino in the second round because he had a first round BYE & defeated him 6-0, 6-0 easily.  He moved on to the third round to defeat Mira Mesa's #6 seed Donahue 6-1, 6-3.  Thankfully, we have Max for one more year to take on singles some more!  We're happy with the sportsmanship & class you used today, Max.

 

DOUBLES:

Andrew & Brian paired up for Serra, as well as our usual suspects, Jeremy & Shayn, Cory & Palmer, Jordan & Drew.  Andrew & Brian lost their first round match against Mira Mesa's Ambrosio & Kowluri, fighting tooth & nail to the end.  They had great stamina & represented our team with the dignity we hold true.  We will get them next year to fight hard again!  Jeremy & Shayn had to wait around for their second round of play against Point Loma's Davies & Young to defeat Patrick Henry's team of Barron & Brody.  Jeremy & Shayn found their mo-jo in the first set with a 6-3 win!  After that, unforced errors got the best of them, & they lost the other two 4-6, 2-6.  The wind was a difficult factor in all the matches today, so the fight was not just against the opponent!  Jeremy & Shayn will hopefully be back next year to contend with our league opponents.  Look for good things from them too, as Shayn is only a freshman and was the #5 seed with Jeremy! That's awesome!  Cory & Palmer almost got out of playing due to the defaults from Morse, but were able to play their third round match against the #6 seed from Patrick Henry & won 6-1, 6-0.  Palmer asked if it was supposed to be a more difficult match playing against a seeded team...not always.  Great teamwork guys! Jordan & Drew were fortunate enough to play an unseeded team from Mira Mesa, & brought home an easy win of 6-0, 6-0.

 

All these third round matches have placed 5 of our players in CIF!!!  Excellent, excellent, excellent!!  Max, Jordan, Drew, Palmer & Cory* (* = this is Cory's second CIF this season since he made it in with Track too!) will represent Serra High School in the CIF tournament next week at Barnes Tennis Center.

 

From Coach Dabney: Today I was asked: "How many times have you had an Individual League Champ?"  As I pondered the question, I recalled my first season of coaching the girls' team where my #1 doubles team of Starlet & Chelsea were the League Champs. I've never had a boys' champion.  If either one of our doubles teams pull it off, they will be the first on the guys' side to be the Individual League Champions. It would be awesome for Serra to come out on top AGAIN this season!!!  More to come after tomorrow's matches!  Go Serra!!

 

 

 

 5/10/11:  Congratulations to Monte Vista on their win against us today.  With a 9-9 tie, they defeated us on games 75-68.  Good luck against Canyon Crest Academy tomorrow.

 

We were missing Cory & Jeff today, which hurt some, but overall we struggled with our opponents - partly due to our inexperienced players, & partly due to under-estimating the other team.  We have been on this long winning streak for many weeks, so losing was tough to take.  The good news is that we still have the league championship as well as Individual CIF coming up.

 

Next week, we will play in our league's individual league finals. Serra has 5 top seeds, & if they all come through, we will have more players going to CIF than any other Eastern League team!

 

Jordan & Drew are the #1 seed in doubles, Cory & Palmer are #3, & Shayn & Jeremy are #5.  Max is the #3 seed in singles, losing only to Dominic Gareri & Axel Cramer of Point Loma!  If everyone plays the way they're expected to play, all of them will be in CIF the following week. It will be an exciting two weeks of tennis!  Thanks to the Barnet & Weishan families for snacks today! :)

 

Go Conquistadors!

 

5/5/11:  Serra earns #7 spot in Team CIF draw; the highest seed we've ever received! Good work guys!  First round match is set to be played at Serra High School on Tuesday, May 10th @ 3:00pm, against Monte Vista.  As we earned the right to have an opening home match, the boys would appreciate all who want to come out in their brown & gold to cheer them on!  Go Conquistadors ~ beat the Monarchs!

 

5/4/11:  Serra fights hard to the end in a battle for the CIF first-round home match advantage against Point Loma.

 

The Eastern League Title has been decided by regular season play to be both Serra & Point Loma.  After defeating each other only once, a play-off went down today to see who could claim the home match advantage in CIF's first round, which will take place next Tuesday, May 10.

 

 

Both teams agreed to play at The Barnes Tennis Center, as a neutral site, & a coin toss was used to determine the home team, which went to Serra.   Our team line up was created to get the most out of our players, who were willing to do whatever it took to win.  In singles we had Max, Brian, & Cameron Wilkinson.  Our doubles teams were Jordan & Cory, Drew & Jeff, & Jeremy & Shayn.  Jeremy was later subbed out, due to eye strain, & Cameron Rij stepped up to fill in.

 

 

After the second round of play, Point Loma had already won with 10 - 3.  Serra came back in the third round, a little short, with an overall score of 6-12.  The score does not tell the entire story of how well we played.  There were several battles that went on for a long time, with Serra coming out on top. Many of our players walked off the court with their heads held high, realizing that this match didn't mean much in the great scheme of things.

 

This was a disappointing loss for Serra, but knowing that this score was not going to affect CIF seeding, or losing our championship, we made it through with the type of class we always carry with us.  All the rules were followed, all emotions were kept in check, & all of our dignity in place, showing that we belong on top!

 

Congratulations on an awesome season, men!  You deserve the title & it is nice to share it with a team that has gone undefeated for a long time.  We look forward to CIF next week, League Finals the week after that, & then Individual CIF the week after.  Thanks to Coach Dabney for snacks today! :)

 

We are proud to be Conquistadors!

 

5/3/11:  Serra High clinches the Eastern League Championship with an overwhelming win against Mission Bay, 15-3!

 

Today was hot, & the match was away at Mission Bay, but Serra didn't seem to mind because they played like the champions they are.

 

Our singles players today were Max, Jeff, & Cory, who swept all three of their singles players with ease.  Max's scores were all golden with 6-0, 6-0, 6-0.  Jeff had a great time with his 6-1, 6-2, 6-0, & angering their #1, who wanted to forfeit after Jeff was done with him.  Cory enjoyed his matches as well with golden sets of 6-0, 6-0, 6-0.

 

Our doubles did well, too, but struggled some with their #1 & #2 teams.  Jordan & Drew won all three with 6-1. 6-0, 6-1.  Shayn & Jeremy won 2 out of three with 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, & 6-0.  Shayn commented that he always plays better against better teams.  I sure hope so!  Brian & Triston started out as our #3 team & won 6-4.  They were subbed out with "Team Cameron" (Cameron Rij & Cameron Wilkinson), who played hard & did their best, but couldn't quite pull off the wins, with 2-6, 6-7 (0-7).  This was Cameron Rij's last match of the season, & he played with the utmost poise, dignity, & honor, like Serra Tennis members do.  You will be missed next year, Mr. Senior Green!  :)

 

Overall, it was nice to end the season with a large margin of victory!  Our league record is officially 11-1, & our overall record is 15-4, losing to Scripps Ranch, Ramona, San Marcos, & rivals, Point Loma.  Tomorrow will be the show-down between us & Point Loma to determine which team will get the CIF first-round home match.  That is an honor we would love to have, as well as showing that we are the stronger team.  You can bet that there will be an update on our website after that match!  Thanks to the Lozano family for snacks today! :)

 

"You've got to take the initiative & play your game.  In a decisive set, confidence is the difference." - Chris Evert, Tennis Pro

 

4/28/11:  Serra takes Morse out 17-1!

 

Today was a special day for our seniors since it was their last home match of the season. With that, came the choice of what position each one wanted to play.  Maybe this will be a new tradition at Serra!  Our seniors are: Cory Lozano, Cameron Rij, Captain Drew Churchill, & Captain Jordan Wilkinson.

 

The last time we played Morse, their singles players took us by surprise.  Their players are good, however, they have a hard time closing out the point. Knowing that, our seniors decided to dominate the singles courts today.

 

#1 singles was Jordan, who had a golden set - 6-0, 6-0, 6-0.  What a way to go out, Jordan.  You have been an inspiration to many of our players over the years, along with being a good captain.  Thank you for your contribution to the Serra Tennis program!  #2 singles was Drew, who swept all three with 6-1, 6-0, 6-2.  You have been a strong player & a good friend to everyone on the team every year, Drew.  As a captain, you have intervened when needed & that has helped the team move forward.  Thank you for your good example to our team.  #3 singles was Cory, who defeated all three, 6-0, 6-3, 6-3.  As a late-comer last year, you truly contributed to many of the wins on the team, & this year your effort & wonderful attitude helped get us the league championship we were looking for.  Thank you for always giving your best to the team.

 

In doubles today, Morse had to default 3 sets, unfortunately. Max & Jeff (#1) did an outstanding job of holding off the Tigers, 6-1, 6-0, 6-0 (by default).  It was so fun watching these two good friends play together with laughter, communication, & joy.  Our senior, Cameron Rij played with Cameron Wilkinson (#2) and defeated their #2 6-1, & #3 6-0 (by default).  They were subbed out of the match to allow Shayn to get a match in for his required 10.  Shayn & Triston beat the #1 6-2.  Cameron (AKA Camero): You have always shown your best effort in practice & matches, giving Serra many, many wins over the years.  Due to your injury this year, you had to sit out for a number of matches so you could recover, however you never let go of the TEAM SPIRIT that Serra needed.  Thank you for your positive attitude, good humor, &  continual support you gave to the players on the courts.  #3 doubles today was Andrew & Nathan, who lost to their #1 3-6, but redeemed themselves by pulling off a win against their #2 6-2.  It's great to see how you made the improvements you needed to win in the next round.

 

To all of our seniors: You will be missed next year! (sniff, sniff...) It's always difficult to let go of people who have given so much of their time & effort to make a team great. When you work closely with your coach for 4 years (some of you 2 or 3 years), 3 hours a day, it's hard to say good-bye.  All we can say is THANK YOU!  Congratulations on winning the league championship in this special year!!

 

Thank you to Mr. Joseph, along with many family members for coming out to show support of our team today! You are special to us!  Thanks to the Churchill family for snacks today!

 

"Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome.  Not everyone can be NUMBER 1." - Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr. Tennis Champion.

 

4/26/11:  Serra defeats Patrick Henry easily, 11-7! Only 2 matches left to show who is number 1 in this league!

 

With nerves on edge & the league championship on the line, Serra came out fighting hard from the very beginning, to out-power Patrick Henry.

 

Singles:

Max worked his magic once again, defeating all three of their singles players, 6-2, 6-1, 6-1.  He walked off the court commenting to Dab, "I told you I would get all three."  Sweet!!  Our #2 singles player was Cameron Wilkinson, who went in with a game plan of winning as many games as he could, without working too hard to win.  However, he pulled off one of the biggest wins of the day against their #1 with 6-4! Even though he lost the other 2 with 3-6, 2-6, his win put Serra in the lead!  What a fantastic effort at keeping your head together, Cameron!  You played with ease & confidence, making Coach Dabney very proud.

Our #3 today was Brian, who had a similar game plan as Cameron, & it really worked in his favor!  He ended up losing all three sets, but the amount of games he won, would have given us a clear win, if we had gone into a tie.  His scores were 2-6, 3-6, 5-7, never getting shut out once!  His last set was one of the best we have seen Brian ever play.

 

Doubles:

Without Palmer to help us out today, we changed the line up to give us strength where we needed it.  Our #1 was Cory & Jordan, who swept all three sets, 6-3, 6-3, 6-0.  This combination was too powerful for the Patriots to fight against!  Serra's #2 team was Drew & Jeff, who had pulled off three wins as well with 6-2, 6-4, 6-0.  Once they figured out how to beat their #1, it was smooth sailing.  This was also a super dynamic team that Henry had no chance of stopping.  Our #3 duo of Jeremy & Shayn struggled a little with Patrick Henry's #1 & #2, but their win against the #3, was another set that put Serra over the top.

 

This win adds to Serra's 12th game winning streak this season! The announcement from Coach Dabney that the last two matches should be easy enough for us to clench the Eastern League Championship had the team & our families stunned & excited.  Defeating Point Loma & now Patrick Henry has put Serra in the lead for the first time since 1996!  What an awesome birthday present for Cameron Wilkinson.   We now look forward to whether or not there will be a play-off with Point Loma to see who will get the first round home match at CIF.  We say..."coin toss". 

 

Thank you, again, to our "Parent Brigade" who come out every match to bring support, cheer us on, & even shed a few tears of joy with Dab!  You all mean so much to the coach & the team! With your busy schedules, you still find time to support your boys.  You are as much a part of the team as the players. :)  Thursday is the last home match for our seniors, who have made a special request.  Come out & see what they have planned!  Thanks to the Lozano family for snacks today :)

 

"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph." - Thomas Paine 

 

4/21/11:  Serra tennis does it again!!  Today the Conquistadors went on the road, visiting the Marauders of Mira Mesa High School, & came back with an 11-7 victory. Serra Varsity tennis improves their overall record to 8-1 in the Eastern League & 12-4 for the year.  Nice work guys!

 

The doubles teams came through big today.  In the #1 spot, Drew & Jordan played some solid doubles & won all 3 sets with impressive scores of 6-0, 6-0, 6-0.  The #2 team of Cory & Palmer displayed excellent doubles teamwork & it showed in their scores of 6-4, 6-2, & 6-0.  Shayn & Jeremy played in the #3 spot & got the job done with scores of 6-1 & 6-4!  They lost to the #1 Mira Mesa team, 2-6, but it was a great match to watch as this dynamic duo have really connected as partners.  Nice work gentlemen...

 

Today, representing Serra singles, we had Max in the #1 position who won all three of his matches 6-2, 6-2 & 7-6 (7-5).  Good job getting the singles sweep Max!  Jeff played in the #2 spot & did a great job earning games.  Watching Jeff cover the court is inspiring.  Against the #1 his score was 3-6; against their #2, 2-6, & against Mira Mesa's #3: 3-6. Keep up the great effort Jeff.  Triston started today's match in the #3 singles spot, but came up short with a score of 1-6.  You'll get 'em next time Triston.  Cameron Wilkinson was subbed in for Triston & played two matches against Mira Mesa's strong singles line-up.  Cameron W. never gave up & played some smart tennis today.  His scores were 2-6 against their #2 & 1-6 against the Marauders' #1 singles player.

 

After the match, the team, Coach Dab, & families headed over to In-N-Out for a celebratory dinner. Please see the photo from tonight's dinner on the home page.  Another reason to celebrate...Brian's birthday!  The boys serenaded Brian with the Happy Birthday song as they feasted on the famous In-N-Out "4 x 4's" this evening.

 

Nice win today team.  We have an exciting week of tennis coming up! Thanks to the Thomas family for snacks today :)

 

4/19/11:  Serra wins 15-3 against San Diego!  This brings our record to 7-1 in Eastern League & 11-4 overall!

 

Today's match went very smoothly for the Conquistadors, who come out with confidence & determination to win more sets off the Cavers than the previous match.  The goal was met!  Knowing how strong San Diego's singles players were, we changed our line-up, which turned out to be a good call.

 

On the doubles side, Cory & Jordan played in the #1 position, Shayn & Jeremy played in #2, & Triston & Andrew were in the #3 spot, & were subbed out by Cameron Rij & Nathan in the third set.    All of our doubles teams swept!  Cory & Jordan's scores were 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 - a golden set.  Shayn & Jeremy's scores were 6-0, 6-4, 6-0.  Triston & Andrew did just as well with 6-1, 6-4, until Cameron Rij & Nathan took over with 6-2.

 

In singles, we had Max playing #1 who was subbed out in the third set by Brian, Drew playing #2, & Jeff playing #3.  Max kept his promise to Dab by scoring 7-5 against their #1.  What a gift! :)  He then defeated their #3 easily with a 6-2 win.  Brian took the helm, but lost to their #2, 3-6.  Drew had a great day in singles with 6-3, 6-0, 6-1!  He thoroughly enjoyed playing singles today, for the challenge.   Jeff's scores don't reflect exactly how well he played because he had some awesome winning points, & chased every ball down like his life depended on it!  He won the first set in a tie-breaker, 7-6 (7-5), then lost the next two sets, 2-6, 3-6.  In his third set, he came back from a 0-5 deficit, gaining 3 games!

 

As always, our Serra guys pulled off a win with class.  Thanks to the Wilkinson family for snacks today :)

 

"Make your optimism come true." - Author Unknown

 

4/14/11:  Serra defeats Point Loma in a 9-9 tie, 71-69 in games!  This is the first win against the #1 team in our league since Coach Dabney took over in 2006!  League Record: 6-1, Overall Record: 10-4.

 

With strategic planning for weeks, Captains Max, Jordan, & Drew worked closely with the coach to determine who should play in which positions to get the best results in today's match. The players came together with clear heads, concentrated effort, & determination that today would be the day to end the reign of this undefeated Pointers team.  All of our hard work in practice paid off today & the loud cheers from the crowd kept us pumped up to fight to the very nail-biting end!

 

In singles, we had Max as #1, Cory as #2, & Palmer as #3.  Max's long-time friend & rival, Dominic Gareri, dominated all of our singles, although Cory was able to get 1 game off him! Max went on to defeat Point Loma's #2 and #3, 6-0, 6-0, easily.  Cory lost two sets to their #1 and #2, 1-6, 2-6, but was able to beat #3 with an easy 6-0.  Palmer won his first set 6-0 against their #3, but then lost the next two, 0-6, 4-6.  The last set went into so many deuces, it was difficult to keep track of how many they played.  Palmer was physically exhausted, but after learning that we had a chance to win, he battled it out hard to the end. These singles sets would count for almost half of the match score.

 

In doubles, the Wilkinson brothers got to play together in the #1 spot, while Drew & Jeff played #2, and Jeremy & Shayn were our #3.  Some of these sets were so close, they could have gone to either team, but Serra held on to close it out.

 

Jordan & Cameron Wilkinson lost 2 sets 4-6, 1-6, & then took out the #3 team 6-0.  These brothers knew what it would take to win, so their number of games won, was huge!  With a couple of hugs & a big chest-bump, it was easy to tell that they were proud of their accomplishments.

 

Drew & Jeff were nothing short of amazing! They swept all three doubles teams, 6-3, 6-4, & 7-6 (10-8).  The tie-breaker had both teams on their feet, cheering, yelling, clapping, & hoping it would end in their favor.  Thankfully, Drew & Jeff knew how to cover their court, attack at the net, & not let anything get past them!  They both had their fists pumping & feet flying in the air as they got the win we needed.

 

Jeremy & Shayn came out fighting from the very first point, defeating the #3 6-2!  They lost the next two 0-6, 4-6, but you would have thought they won all three sets with their energy, high spirits, & hand-smacking the entire time.  Great job keeping pumped up, guys!

 

Tears of pride & joy fell from many of the faces of our parents, friends, families, & our coach for achieving this amazing feat.

 

After verifying the exact score with Coach Truver from Point Loma, Coach Dabney ran over to the team to congratulate them as they doused her with the team ice water!  Nice going guys! (Thank you Mrs. Churchill for protecting Dab's phone.)

 

Congratulations, Conquistadors! Now that our team has the confidence & skill to beat tough teams, we can only look for more wins throughout the rest of the season. We won't let our guard down, but will press on to finish strong.  We can officially say that this is the BEST Boys' Tennis Team we've had with Coach Dabney!

 

Thank you to our alumni for coming out to cheer us on - the CIF doubles team of Sam Put & Elias Quintero.  It was special having you present for this historic moment. We also appreciate having some of the members of our girls' team come out for their support.  Thanks to the Velasco family for snacks today :)

 

"The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind." - William James

 

4/13/11:  Our Conquistadors took on the visiting Norsemen from Valhalla, defeating them 11-7 for an overall record of 9-4!

 

Coming back from a week off due to our spring break, Serra pulled together a win that was very close when the match began.

 

Starting singles players today were Max, Cameron Wilkinson & Brian. All three had super close matches in the first round.  Max swept all three Valhalla players: 7-5, 6-0, 6-0.  He made a fantastic come-back against their #1 after being down 1-4!  Cameron Wilkinson came very close by going to a tie-breaker with their #2, but lost 6-7 (1-7).  It was great to see Cameron Wilkinson hold his composure all the way to the end.  He was subbed out with Cory, who defeated their #3 with a score of 6-0.  He played their #1 next & went to a tie-breaker as well, but lost 6-7 (5-7).  Not bad after coming in from running in a track meet!  Brian lost to their #3, 4-6, but played a very nice match overall.  He was subbed out with Jeff, who had also just finished a track meet, but lost to their #1 and #2  0-6, 4-6 respectively.  It's always fun to watch Jeff win an amazing point with his fist pumping & high jumps in the air!  What energy he has!

 

Last year, our doubles teams lost every single set to Valhalla, but not this year!

 

We had Jordan & Drew, Cameron Rij & Palmer, along with Jeremy & Triston starting.  Jordan & Drew swept all three with some really fun points being scored, 6-2, 6-1, 6-0.  Cameron Rij & Palmer were  playing together for the first time, & still played very well.  They defeated the #2, 6-4, #3, 6-0, & then had to face Valhalla's #1 & struggled a bit.  They lost 5-7, but you wouldn't know it from the way they played.  Great teamwork, guys!  Jeremy & Triston took their #3 to a tie-breaker, 7-6 (7-4), coming back from a 0-3 deficit!  They then went on to play against Valhalla's #1 & lost 0-6.  Triston was subbed out for Shayn & defeated their #2 team with a score of 6-4.

 

Our strength is really coming through for us now. With half the season over, we have to remain strong!  We have the confidence, the courage, & the stamina to make it to the end as champions.  This was a great win for us today & it will be exciting to see how we finish up.  Thanks to the Garnier family for snacks today :)

 

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do.  Attitude determines how well you do it." - Lou Holtz (Former Notre Dame football coach) 

 

3/31/11:  Serra defeats Mission Bay 13-5!  Although we did not use our strongest line-up, our Serra tennis team still took 13 points away from Mission Bay, who defaulted three singles sets due to being short one player.

 

Our singles were Max in the #1 spot, who was later subbed out by Jeff, Triston as our #2, and Andrew as our #3.  We only lost 2 points (Andrew & Triston both lost to their #1), but Andrew got his first win today!!  He defeated their #2, 6-2!   Congratulations on a fine job, Fun Lund!

 

In doubles, we struggled a bit due to some of our players returning from injuries & some just being new to tennis. None the less, only 3 points were handed over to Mission Bay on this side of the courts.

Jordan & Drew defeated their #1 and #2, 6-2, 6-0 & were then replaced with Palmer & Nathan, who defeated #3, 6-0.  Brian & Cameron Rij took on the #2 team, but lost 4-6.  They were subbed out by Cory & Shayn who beat #3, 6-0 & lost against #1 in a close battle, 5-7.  It was fun watching the Lozano brothers work together for the first time! Our #3 team was Hunter & Jeremy who did a great job by winning two out of three sets, 6-0, 3-6, 7-5.

 

We have some work to do with our team in order to strengthen them up for the second half of our season, which will resume after Spring Break.  So far, we are 8-4 overall; 5-1 in league.  Thanks to the Larsen family for snacks today :)

 

3/29/11:  Today's match against Morse High School, ended with another win for Serra, bringing our league record to 4-1.  Go Conquistadors!

 

There was laughter in the air, as Serra went out to have a good time & enjoy some fun tennis.  Due to some unfortunate illnesses on Morse's varsity team, Coach Clay brought up a few of his JV players to take us on, who seemed to be having just as much fun! 

 

In singles, Max continued his winning streak in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0, & was subbed out with Andrew, who lost 1-6 to their #2.  Jeff went out as our #2 & also lost to their #2, 2-6, & was subbed out with Jeremy who defeated Morse's #1, 6-4 in a huge come-back from a 1-4 deficit!  He won 5 straight games!  (He commented that the first 5 games were his "warm up".  Okay, Jeremy.) He continued his fight for the win against their #3 with 6-2. Thank goodness Jeremy is fast, because these singles players LOVE to drop-shot!  (Maybe his new nickname should be "Dash"!)  Cameron Wilkinson played in the #3 spot & swept all three 7-5, 6-2, 6-2!!  Way to keep your head together Cam!  These were huge wins for the team ... and YOU! Great job today!

 

Our awesome doubles teams dominated their entire line-up! Jordan & Drew were 6-0, 6-0, 6-1.  Cory & Cameron Rij were 6-2, 6-0, 6-0.  Triston & Shayn were 6-1, 6-2 until Shayn suffered some minor wrist pain & was subbed out with Hunter.  Triston & Hunter continued the winning streak with 6-2!  Overall team match score today: 16-2

 

The JV players for Morse stepped it up as much as they could for their team & everyone had a good time. We will play them again at our home courts in a couple of weeks.  Look for more wins to come!

 

On a side note: It was great to see Mentor stop by for his tennis lesson today!  He reminded us of how much we miss him & hope that we can have him back next year.  "Guud Wun"!  Thanks to the Lozano family for snacks today :)

 

"A strong positive attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug." - Patricia Neal

 

3/28/11:   El Capitan is always a fun team to play, because the players have great attitudes, & enjoy playing.  The coach, Doug Goodall, is kind & respectful.  Even so, our Conquistadors defeated them 13-5 today in a match that lasted 2 1/2 hours.

 

In singles, we had Max, Cory, & Jeff winning the majority of our team points today.

 

Our very talented Max swept all three of his singles 6-2, 6-2, 6-1, as he does so well.  His set against El Cap's #1, Jackson Autry, had Jackson frustrated throughout the rest of the match. Cory took their #2 into a tie-break and pulled it off with 7-6 (7-1).  He easily defeated their #2 with 6-2, & then fought hard against Jackson in another tie-breaker, & defeated him 7-6 (8-6).  It was a close match that had both gentlemen hitting amazing shots & it could have gone either way, but Cory stood strong.  Jeff got terrific points against all three as well.  He defeated their #3, 6-1, & then lost to the others 2-6, 2-6.

 

Our very special #1 doubles team of Jordan & Drew swept all three doubles, as expected, 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 - a golden match.  #2 for Serra was Shayn & Jeremy who won two of their matches, 6-4, 6-4, with coming back in the first set down 1-4, winning 5 straight games! They then faced the #1 team of Stockton & Edwards where they lost 4-6.  Not bad for Shayn and Jeremy playing together for their second time ever.  Triston & Brendan came together as our #3 & defeated El Cap's #3 easily 6-2, but also struggled against their #1.  They went into a tie-breaker & lost 6-7 (0-7).  They were then subbed out with Andrew & Cameron Wilkinson who lost to the #2, 4-6.

 

This Conquistador team knows how to support each other, give advice to each other, & work together as a family to bring on the wins they need when it really counts. We are now 6-4 overall, and 3-1 in Eastern League, with 9 matches left to play.  Thanks to the Barnet family for snacks today :)

 

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."

 

3/24/11:  This season is quickly becoming one of Serra's best!  Patrick Henry was the opponent at Serra's courts today, & was yet another team that has defeated us over the years.  But the Conquistadors proved that they are true conquerors defeating them in a 9-9 tie & winning on games 78-69!

 

In Doubles: Jordan & Drew, as our #1, defeated all three of their doubles 6-1, 6-1, 6-1.  Way to hold it together strong, guys!  Our #2 doubles were Cory & Palmer (aka Waldo) & also swept them 6-3, 6-0, 6-2.  Great job, as always!  In #3 for us, was our newest member, Shayn & Jeremy to start.  They lost their set 5-7 to their #3, but the games REALLY counted for us & many of the points they played were simply amazing.  Shayn was subbed out with Triston, who worked hard with Jeremy, but lost the next two sets 2-6, 2-6.  Those games were also crucial to our win. Nice work, gentlemen.

 

In singles, Patrick Henry tried to fool us by switching their singles players around, but we figured it out & worked our magic to win.  Max took out all three of their singles, 6-2, 6-1, 6-2.  Great job holding them back for us, Max!  Andrew stepped up to play in our #3 spot & fought valiantly against their #3 (truly their #2) 0-6 & their #1 (truly their #3) 1-6.  Not feeling like he had the confidence to take on the actual #1, he was subbed out with Cameron W., who was able to get 4 games off him!!  Cameron walked off the courts with his head held high & pride that he played so well.  Awesome effort, Andrew and Cam!  Jeff was our #2 & also played with fantastic effort against their mixed-up line up.  It was all good, though, because Jeff fought for every point & got games for the team.  He lost, 1-6, 1-6, 5-7, not getting shut out once.

 

Every member of the team mentioned something they felt they needed to improve on after playing today, so look forward to better playing in the weeks to come.

 

It's exciting to see our team come together & play the way they were meant to play...with heart, with attitude, with a will to win, & with dignity.  Thank you, Serra Tennis.

 

"The only difference between a GOOD DAY & a BAD DAY, is your ATTITUDE." -Dennis S. Brown

 

A special shout-out to all the parents who have been attending our matches!  Your support means so much to the team & Coach Dabney. Continue to come & be the best parents in Eastern League! :)  Thanks to the Wilkinson family for snacks today :)

 

3/23/11:  Congratulations to Serra Tennis for defeating West Hills today, 13-5!  This is the first win against West Hills in the six years that Coach Dabney has been coaching at Serra & it is sweet!

 

Max played in the #1 spot for singles & swept all three with 6-3, 6-0, 6-0.  Jordan took the #2 spot & also swept 6-0, 6-0, until he was subbed out by our rookie freshman, Hunter.  Hunter got a taste of what it's like to play in a competitive match for the first time today, & although he didn't win, he had some outstanding rally points against their #1, David Hubor.  Good effort, Hunter!  Cameron Wilkinson stood firm in the #3 position of singles, & worked on getting his mental game going, & he did it!  He won his first set of the season against their #2, Steven Todd, with a 6-4.  The team celebrated by dumping ice all over him (coach's idea...)!  Congratulations, Cameron!  We're looking for bigger & better things as the season progresses.

 

Doubles dominated today!  West Hills put their "true" #1 singles player in doubles, so a couple of the matches were a little challenging.  Drew & Jeremy played as our #1 & swept all three 6-2, 6-0, 6-0.

Triston & Brendan played in the #2 spot & were able to get two wins, 6-0, 6-1, & then went to a tie-breaker with the #1 team of Cooley & Richardson, and lost 6-7...SO CLOSE!  Brian & Andrew played as our #3 & also pulled off two wins, 6-1, 7-6, but also lost to their #1, 3-6.

 

This team has once again proven that they can be strong with certain players missing from our roster due to other sports.  Everyone is doing their part to bring on the W's for Serra!  Currently, our record is 4-4 overall, & 2-1 in league, with 11 matches to go!  We're looking better every week.  Thanks to the Ha family for snacks today :)

 

3/22/11:  Today our team motto was: "Don't let 'em see you sweat!"  We all know how Mira Mesa tends to force us into breaking down mentally. BUT NOT TODAY!!  Serra's players held their heads together in an amazing mental game that proved who should be league champions!

 

Serra's #1 singles player, Max, swept all three (like we knew he would!).  Great job Max!!!

#2 singles today was Andrew, who also kept his composure against all three singles.  Although he didn't beat any of them, our rookie got games off of their #2  1-6, & their #3  2-6.  Tommy Troung was a strong competitor for Andrew in the end & defeated him 0-6. Awesome effort Andrew!

#3 singles was Jeff, who showed the team that he had the strength & stamina to take on singles!  He defeated his first rival 6-3!  That win eventually proved to be one of the major winning sets for us!   He never got shut out with 3-6 (against their #1, Troung) and 1-6 against their #2.  Nice work Jeff!

 

In doubles, our #1 team of Cory & Palmer, along with #2 Jordan & Drew, swept all three (as expected.)  They always make it look so easy! #3 Jeremy & Brendan suffered one loss against their #3  4-6, but came back with a win against their #1  6-3! Great effort with Jeremy's typical "acrobatics" on court.  They were subbed out with Cameron Wilkinson & Brian, who took on their #2 & lost in a fight for the finish with 4-6.

 

When it was all said & done, with 11-7, one of the assistant coaches from Mira Mesa commented on what a good team we have.  Comments like that make Coach Dabney super proud!  He is right.  We have a very good team that can come together when it means the most & pull off scores that are better than they were last year.  We have improved & we're getting better every day.

 

We would like to welcome our newest member to the Serra Family - Shayn Lozano!  He will be a nice addition to the team. (Are the freshmen taking over??? oh nooooo!!)  Thanks to the Gonzalez family for snacks today :)

 

3/21/11:  Our tennis match against El Cap is canceled today (due to rain) & rescheduled for next Monday 3/28 at 4:00 at Serra.

 

3/17/11:  San Diego High has a new coach!  Coach Cavitt Fowler has done a great job at developing a team of players who want to play & have a good time doing it.  It is a joy to see that program grow.  I hope we don't regret it in later years!  :)  Our Serra Conquistadors came out on the courts with confidence to take on the Cavers of San Diego. 

 

In Doubles: Jordan & Drew did their magic, sweeping the doubles teams 6-0, 6-0, 6-0, respectfully.

Yearly & Nathan played together for the first time this season & worked hard to score, but ended up with a 3-6 loss against their #2 team. Cory & Palmer were substituted for Yearly & Nathan & easily defeated their #3 and #1, 6-0, 6-0. Brian & Jeff played together in their first match of the season, & swept the doubles teams 6-0, 6-1, 6-2.  Now that they have figured out which left-handed player should be on which side of the court, they were awesome.  Great teamwork guys!!

 

In Singles: Max played two matches & defeated their #1 and #2 with 6-0, 6-4. Triston was substituted for Max in the third set, where he truly battled for points against their #3, & came out with a 2-6 loss.

Cameron W. took the #2 position & played his heart out, but suffered a disappointing loss (0-6) against their #2, who is an outstanding player & knew how to move Cameron all over the court. Kevin played in our #3 position today & the score doesn't tell how well he really performed.  He won 1 out of three with 4-6, 6-3, and 4-6 (but he didn't "crack"!).  Way to get games for the team, Kevin!

 

The highlight of the match was watching our own Jeremy play singles (typically a doubles player).  He was substituted in for Cameron Wilkinson & took San Diego's #3 player to a nail biting tie-breaker!  Jeremy never gave up on any point, as usual, & fought back being down 4-5.  Thankfully, Jeremy loves to chase down every ball on his side of the net!  Sadly, he lost with 6-7 (3-7).  With his positive attitude, he went back out on the court to face their #1 and still got games!!  He lost 4-6, but you couldn't tell with the way he played, yet, he walked off the court with a smile on his face, knowing he had played his best.  Thank you, Jeremy!

 

Our overall score was 11-7 & congratulations to Coach Fowler for bringing good singles players to the game!  They will be tough to beat next time around, but then...we love a challenge! Thanks to the Mehnert family for snacks :)  

 

3/16/11:  Knowing that our Serra team lost against San Marcos last year with a score of 7-11, we were pumped & spirited with the hopes of defeating them this year!  Without Cory or Palmer to assist us, it was a tough battle.

 

We started the match with team introductions & were greeted with a swarm of bees aiming right at us!  We taught San Marcos how to duck & cover until the swarm left the courts...welcome to Serra!  Laughter filled the air as we continued introductions & headed to the courts for play time. What a fun way to begin.

 

Jordan played in the #1 singles position, and swept all of their players, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

Younger brother, Cameron, played #2 for us & contributed many games to the team with 3-6, 2-6, 0-6.  A fantastic effort from our freshman rookie! Brian took the #3 spot & came up short against their singles guys 1-6, 0-6, 1-6, but the score doesn't tell the whole story of how well Brian played.  Thanks to Brian for always giving us his best!

 

We mixed things up a bit with our doubles teams, trying to pull out a win, so Drew & Jeremy were our #1 doubles & swept 6-0, 6-2, 6-1.  Max & Triston defeated 2 out of 3 of their teams, 6-0, 6-0, 2-6.  San Marcos' #1 team knew how to attack & when, which is how they got the win on that third set.

Andrew & Kevin put their best foot forward & made some outstanding plays, but couldn't quite do it with 1-6, 0-6, 0-6.

 

The overall score was 8-10, giving our Conquistadors a better score than last year! The team played better overall & contributed more points this year & both coaches knew the match would be close.  San Marcos won, but Serra played extremely well.  Great effort Conquistadors! Thanks to the Churchill family for snacks :)  

 

3/15/11:  The team went on the road today to face the defending Eastern League champs, Point Loma. The Pointers are a strong team, but the Conquistadors came out ready to play.  Our team earned 6 points, which ties our personal best against them.  Our #1 doubles team, Drew & Jordan, took down 2 of the 3 doubles teams overall.  Their first match was a nail biter, but they came up just short in a tie breaker.  Our #2 doubles, Cory & Palmer, played a solid first set together & won their match 6-0!  After an unfortunate injury sidelined Palmer, Jeremy subbed in, & working together with Cory, were able to get another point. Our #3 doubles, Andrew & Triston, earned some games, & never gave up as they faced new territory against the Pointers of Point Loma.

 

The singles players had their hands full with lots of talent on the other side of the net.  Kevin played in the #1 spot, fought hard & got a couple of games.  Our #2 singles player, Cameron Wilkinson, got a taste of the pressure of playing this squad of singles players from Point Loma.  As one of our rookies, he put up a valiant effort & nearly won his third match. Max played in the #3 spot today & solidly won his two matches 6-0 & 6-1. Brian then took the reins from the injured singles starter & did his best against Point Loma's strongest player, Dominic Gareri. Our Serra Conquistadors get a second chance against Point Loma & you can be sure we'll be ready & up for the challenge. Thanks to the Lund family for snacks :)

 

3/14/11:  Our Serra Conquistadors showed themselves strong & proud as they took on another North County team today.  Ramona visited Serra & came out fighting hard.

 

Our #1 singles player, Max, defeated their #2 Daniel Streeter, & #3 Christian Failla, but couldn't quite pull it out against their consistent #1, Cameron Ruland.

 

The doubles teams shocked Ramona, with clear power, strategy, & overwhelming pressure. Our #1 team of Jordan & Drew swept all three doubles teams 6-3, 6-2, & 6-1 cleanly.  Our #2 team of Palmer & Cory also swept with 6-0, 6-0, & 6-4.

 

#3,  Brendan & Jeremy, struggled in two of the sets losing 2-6 & 1-6.  Coach Dabney substituted Andrew & Triston in for #3, against Ramona's #1, and took them by surprise!  Andrew & Triston were leading the set 3-0, when the other team came back with a 6-4 win.  This doubles team is new at playing together, yet they played like they had been together for a long time.  Their rhythm, communication, & volleys were strong enough to throw Ramona for a loop!

 

With all the effort & hard work, Serra fell short with an 8-10 loss, but this score is definitely respectable enough to get us into the playoffs.  Excellent work Serra men! Thanks to the Weishan family for snacks today :)

 

3/8/11: Today, the fighting Conquistadors conquered territory they had never ventured in before!  Mt. Carmel is well known for being a strong, undefeated team that plays with class and dignity.  They did so again today, but went down fighting hard against our Serra Q's.   The score was tied down to the last match.  The doubles teams of Jordan Wilkinson & Drew Churchill, Cory Lozano & Palmer Hayward, showed outstanding ability & sportsmanship as they swept the entire doubles pairs.  They are awesome doubles teams that will be very difficult to beat in the coming months.

 

Our strong singles player, Max Weishan, fought for every point in every match & also swept the singles players. Max's first set took over an hour to defeat an on-going rival, J. Fan, who played with total class & entertainment.  He is a fun, adorable guy to watch, who enjoys his crowd!  He will be one to watch in CIF.  Max defeated him 7-5, with an undefinable mental game.  Great job, Max!

 

The MVP of the match truly belongs to our #2 singles player, Kevin Thomas, who played a steady, even-headed match against Mt. Carmel's A. Nanjundry in a clear 6-4 win!!  Kevin held his head together, not wavering in his attempt to defeat a player as evenly matched with him as could have ever been.  With a clear "out" call on match point, the team rushed over to congratulate Kevin on winning the match!  Mt. Carmel was in shock when they realized they had lost to this amazing team from the Eastern League!

 

This Serra team has come together in a spirit of unity with the goal of winning.  Trust, honesty, integrity, & family have become the common thread in uniting this team which will bind them together in the coming months.  With the first real win of the season, our spirits are high, & the motivation is strong.  CIF...here we come!  Thanks to the Le family for snacks today :) 

 

3/7/11: The Conquistadors did an awesome job against Scripps Ranch today!  Thanks to the winning  team of Cory & Palmer, who swept all three doubles teams. Jordan & Jeremy took one doubles match &  Drew had an amazing win over their #3 singles player.  We lost 5-13, but had more wins than last year.  Scripps Ranch is a strong team and they will go far this year in Division I. Today was a day where we learned what strengths we truly have & what weaknesses we have to improve.  Serra Tennis is on their way to a great season! Thanks to the Hayward family for snacks today :) 

 

3/3/11: Today's scrimmage against Saint Augustine was a good experience for our team. We have never played them before & had some missing players due to injuries, so we were unsure of what we would encounter. Saints' #1, Luis Miranda, defeated all three of our singles players with dignity. The majority of their doubles teams were new to the court, as ours were, so the match-up was perfect.  Although we fell short, our boys played very well & gave their best effort on their first match of the year.  Saints defeated us 14-4, but not due to poor playing.  Many of the matches were close (a couple tie-breakers & a couple of 7-5's). Now that we have played a team that was evenly matched with us, we know what we have to work on & pull it together to win. Coach Dabney is proud of her team & is looking forward to a season of wins! Thanks to the Rij family for snacks today :)

 

02/11:  Congratulations to our new tennis team!  Max, Jordan, Drew, Palmer, Cory, Brendan, Brian, Kevin, Jeremy, Andrew, Cameron R., Jeff, Triston, Nathan, Cameron W., Yearly, & Hunter!!  It's going to be another exciting season!

Tryouts will be Monday, February 2 1, 2011 at the Serra Courts from 8am-12pm.  No experience necessary.  Racquets will be provided for those who need them.  This is a one-day tryout, so please be on time with proper shoes and clothing. If you are unable to attend but still want to tryout, please contact Coach Dabney ahead of time.  Our first team practice will be Tuesday, February 22, after school until 4:30.