Warriors play again this afternoon at 3, hosting Fortuna High

The Del Norte tennis team faced a good opponent on Saturday in North Coast Prep, and the Herons left Crescent City with a 7-1 victory over the Warriors.

"We, obviously, had a tough match against a much better and much more experienced NCP team," said Del Norte girls tennis coach Jane Rumiano.

North Coast Prep won all six singles matches and one of two doubles matches, with the third being called due to rain. Rumiano said her team played fundamentally sound tennis, but it wasn't enough against the Herons.

"Even though our girls hit the ball well, they had a hard time keeping up with the superior strategy of the NCP players," Rumiano said. "First the Del Norte girls tried playing defensively. When that didn't work, they tried playing offensively.

"Neither option made for many winning points, so they tried to just stay in the game with their opponents, but were clearly overmatched."

The Warriors did get a 6-3, 6-3 doubles victory when the duo of Debbie and Panhia Yang beat North Coast Prep's Annaliese Parkhurst and Tehra Riggan.

"In doubles they did much better, and the Yang/Yang team surprised NCP with their dominance at the net, as did the (Raili) Makela/(Marine) Henry team."

The Makela/Henry team was in the middle of a tightly contested doubles match against Annajane Murphy and Kendall Rogers when rain started to fall Saturday. The match was suspended with the score tied 4-4 in the first set.

Although Del Norte experienced some success, the team knows it has a lot of work to do before the postseason.

"We realized we have a long way to go if we're going to do well at league finals in two weeks," Rumiano said.

In the exhibition matches, Del Norte picked up another win when Olivia Jeffcoat topped North Coast's Tess Paulson-Palmer, 6-2, 6-4, in singles.

The Warriors will be back in action today at 3 p.m. at home against Fortuna.

Reach Michael Zogg at mzogg@triplicate.com.