By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
DANVILLE The score may have read Monte Vista 7, Del Norte 0, but Warrior girls head tennis coach Jane Rumiano said the match was about more than a win or a loss.
On Tuesday, for the first time since 1998, the Del Norte High girls tennis team made the North Coast Section team playoffs. The No. 16 seed, the Warriors, faced NCS power and No. 1 seed Monte Vista of Danville on their home court in the Bay Area.
Rumiano said it was good for her team to face such tough competition and said she was impressed with the way they went out and gave it their all.
"They played great," she said. "Their composure was really good. I think it's great to get experience like this. They hung with them."
Unlike the Humboldt-Del Norte Conference, many of the players in the Bay Area play year round, have private coaching and participate in tournaments around the section, state and nation.
Considering that her team does not compete year round, Rumiano said the match showed her girls that they could compete at a high level.
She said the team may even look at playing against elite competition next year during the regular season to expose them to this level of competition.
"I'm really proud of the girls and the great season I had with them," Rumiano said.
No. 1 seed Emma Wilson lost her match 2-6, 2-6 to Joelle Luedeke. No. 2 seed Rebecca Cink fell 0-6, 2-6 to Jackie Murray. No. 3 seed Jennifer Gustafson lost 0-6, 3-6 to Courtney Monheit. No. 4 seed Lauren Godla fell 3-6, 1-6 to Catlin Simens.
In doubles, No. 1 seed Jaden Olson and Ashleigh Speaker lost 0-6, 0-6 to Hayley Blake and Chelsea Chandler. No. 2 seed Rachel Cink and Kelsy Hintz lost their doubles match 1-6, 0-6 to Krissy Luecht and Liz Roshal. No. 3 seed Mollie McLoughlin and Meghan Webb lost 0-6, 0-6 to Jen Moorel and Lauren Ha.
To make the team playoffs, the Warriors went 11-0 in the HDNC.
For Wilson and Rebecca Cink, the postseason will continue. Last week at the HDNC doubles championship, the pairthe No. 1 seedwon the title to earn the right to play in the NCS doubles playoffs. They will play in Novato on Tuesday.
Wilson said playing in the team playoffs was a great experience and was the perfect way to "get ready" for the doubles playoffs.
"We're really excited," Wilson said. "I think we'll do really good. I know me and Rebecca work well together."