Del Norte opens season with loss to Arcata

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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.

andquot;Arcata looks very strong again this year,andquot; 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 andquot;played well against Caseyandquot; 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 andquot;cost him.andquot;

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

Olesen said Ford andquot;played extremely wellandquot; 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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