The Mira Costa girls’ tennis team is finding some early success as it looks to continue its winning ways of previous seasons. It will not come as easy as it did in past years as they bring in new players. But they were able to hold off a much-improved Marlborough team 11-7 in nonleague action in Manhattan Beach on Tuesday.
“This is definitely going to be a rebuilding year,” said Mira Costa head coach Joe Ciasulli. “We only won the match because Audrey Vo was able to win three sets in singles against three very good players. We’ll be a decent-to-good high school team this year.”
Marlborough is ranked No. 10 in Division 2 and with the loss dropped to 1-1 on the season in dual matches.
“We’re just giving it all we got,” said Marlborough first-year head coach Paolo Caoile, who was hoping to lead his team to a rare win over Mira Costa.
“They have really strong singles players and doubles,” said Mira Costa singles player Kendall Daviduk, who is just a sophomore and lost two sets. “All-around they’re a good school.”
It is a learning experience for Daviduk, who is on varsity for the first time.
“I’m learning I have to really step up my game. A lot of girls are better than what they were on junior varsity. I just need to practice harder and work harder on and off the court.”
Against Dana Hills, which is a talented team that Mira Costa faced on Wednesday, the wins will not come so easy.
“We will struggle against the elite teams like Dana Hills,” Ciasulli said.
The match was tied 6-6 at one point and Marlborough even held a 7-6 advantage, but…
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