By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
DANVILLE For the first time since 1998, the Del Norte High girls tennis team is set to play a North Coast Section team playoff match.
The Warriors, the lowest seed at No. 16, face No. 1 seed Monte Vista of Danville in the Bay Area today at 2 p.m.
Head coach Jane Rumiano said the No. 16 seed "was pretty much expected."
She said teams in the Bay Area play in more tournaments in sections, state and national events, which helps them earn higher seeds, with many players practicing year round and having their own personal coaches.
Rumiano said the team is excited to make the playoffs this year and said they are ready to be competitive and put out their best effort today.
"I'm really thrilled for them," Rumiano said. "I think this experience for the girls will be great to not only see the best players but to play against them."
This season has been one of many accomplishments for the Warriors.
The squad went 11-0 in the Humboldt-Del Norte Conference to win the HDNC and earn a berth in the NCS team playoffs.
The squad also defeated Arcata twice this season. Before the Warriors downed the Tigers for the first time this year, Arcata had not lost a HDNC match since 2005.
In the HDNC doubles championships on Friday, all three pairs of Warrior players won the title in their respective seeds.
No.1 seed Emma Wilson and Rebecca Cink earned the right to compete in the NCS doubles playoffs, which will be held in Novato Nov. 13.
In the singles matches today, Wilson, Cink, Jennifer Gustafson and Lauren Godla will play.
In the doubles, the No.1 seed will be Jayden Olson and Ashleigh Speaker.
The No. 2 seed doubles team will be Rachel Cink and Kelsey Hintz. The No. 3 team consists of Mollie McLoughlin and Meghan Webb.
Regardless of what happens today, Rumiano said her team has a lot to be proud of this year.
"The group of kids I have to work with are exceptional," she said. "I'm pretty lucky to have worked with a group like this."