The Del Norte boys tennis team has had a busy few days recently, going 1-1 as a team in matches Saturday and Tuesday.
The Warriors started out with a 7-2 victory over St. Bernard’s to improve to 2-0 as a team this season.
The Crusaders only brought four players to Crescent City on Saturday, so Del Norte won No. 3 doubles, and No. 5 and 6 singles matches by forfeit.
Zack Lor also picked up a 6-1, 6-3 win in his singles match as he filled in for junior Connor Long in the No. 2 position. Seth Lee won No. 3 singles 6-1, 6-3 and Jaroslav Grueny won No. 4 singles 6-1, 6-0. Lee and Gruney then teamed up for a 6-2, 6-0 victory in No. 2 doubles as well.
“I am happy with how the boys played, and with our wins,” said Del Norte head coach Rivers Drown. “I can never stress enough how important it is for these kids to play an opponent that they are not used to playing.”
On Tuesday Del Norte suffered its first team loss of the season with a 9-0 defeat at the hands of Northcoast Prep, which is expected to be one of the top teams in the league this year along with Arcata.
Tuesday’s meet was also Del Norte first chance to get every available player into action as Northcoast Prep brought six players to fill out the varsity line up, and an extra for an exhibition match for both teams No. 7 player.
Although none of the Warriors were able to pull out wins in their respective matches, playing against one of the top teams in the league was a good experience for Drown’s relatively young squad.
“It was good to have the whole team there and we had seven singles to get all the kids on the court,” Drown said. “It is good to play people who are better than you because in this sport you are going to run into that quite often — you learn from it. That is my main take away from today. We want to learn from players who are better than us.”
The Warriors are scheduled to be back in action on Saturday with their first road meet of the season against defending league champion, Arcata.