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Del Norte opens season with loss to Arcata

Tyler Pitman, the No. 4 seed for the Del Norte High Boys tennis team during a match against Edward Hunter of Arcata in Crescent City on Tuesday. The Warriors lost the first contest of the season to the Tigers 9-0. (The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson).
Tyler Pitman, the No. 4 seed for the Del Norte High Boys tennis team during a match against Edward Hunter of Arcata in Crescent City on Tuesday. The Warriors lost the first contest of the season to the Tigers 9-0. (The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson).

By Bill Choy

Triplicate Sports Editor

CRESCENT CITY — First, the good news.

The Del Norte High boys tennis team opened the season in front of the home fans against Arcata on Tuesday.

Several players for the Warriors played well against the Tigers, who have been the elite program in the Humboldt-Del Norte Conference play for countless years.

The bad news is the Warriors were unable to win a single match against the defending HDNC champs, falling 9-0.

"Arcata looks very strong again this year," Del Norte head coach Kirk Olesen said.

Blake Polidore, the No. 1 seed for Del Norte faced Casey Mansfield, the two-time defending HDNC singles champion. Polidore fell to Mansfield 6-1, 6-2.

Olesen said Polidore "played well against Casey" and won three games. He said this was three games more that he won compared to the last time he went up against Mansfield.

David Standring, the No. 2 for the Warriors, lost to Brendan Winnacott 6-2, 6-2.

In No. 3 action, Joel Bruhns of the Warriors fell to Dunn Ratnitisakul 6-1, 6-0.

Tyler Pitman, the No. 4 player for Del Norte, lost 6-2, 6-2 to the Tigers' Edward Hunter.

Olesen said the match was closer than the score showed. He said Pitman played well in spots but inconsistency "cost him."

In the No. 5 match, the Warriors Brandon Ford lost 7-6. (7-2), 6-4 to Ian Hunter.

Olesen said Ford "played extremely well" and led 4-2 in the first set before falling in a tie breaker.

Trevor Nimrod, the No. 6 player for the Warriors, lost to Seth McFarland 6-0, 6-1.

In doubles action, Polidore and Standring fell to the duo of Mansfield and Winnacott 8-2. Bruhns and Pitman also lost 8-2 when they faced Ratnitisakul and Edward Hunter.

Nimrod and Chris Sanchez fell 8-5 to Kevin Woolley and Eliot Claasen.

Del Norte next plays on Thursday on the road against Ferndale. On Saturday, they continue to play on the road, this time against McKinleyville.

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