Although the Del Norte tennis team wasn’t able to get all the way through its meet against St. Bernard’s before rain started to fall in Eureka, the Warriors had a strong showing in matches played, going 3-1 before the meet was called off.

“We actually canceled it this morning but the sun came out in Crescent City so I called down and it was pretty nice there, too, so we decided to chance it,” said Del Norte head coach Rivers Drown. “We were able to at least get the top four singles in before it started coming down too much.”

Del Norte’s Xavier Young won the No. 2 match 8-5 over St. Bernard’s Peter Mak. Conner Long picked up an 8-1 win for the Warriors over Quan To in No. 3 singles. Jaroslav Grueny pulled out a win in the No. 4 singles match 6-1 over St. Bernard’s Louis He.

“Overall I think our guys did really well,” Drown said. “They just kind of played their game. The scores kind of speak for themselves.”

The Warriors lone loss was the closest match of the day as Del Norte freshman Zack Lor pushed St. Bernard’s senior Robin Zhao to the limit before ultimately falling 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-3).

It was Lor’s second match at the Warriors top singles player, while Zhao has played No. 1 singles for the Crusaders for the past three years.

“Zack gave that kid a run for his money,” Drown said. “That is a freshman playing against a senior who is really experienced. I mean, the score was 7-6, 7-6 with a 7-3 tiebreaker in both games so Zack really made the kid earn it. He did a lot of drop shots, and a lot of backspin slices.”

Del Norte is scheduled to return to action against the top two teams in the league on Saturday and Tuesday. The Warriors will start with a home meet against North Coast Prep Saturday, starting at 10 a.m.

Del Norte will then host Arcata on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

The Warriors fell 9-0 against Northcoast Prep when the teams played on March 12, followed by another 9-0 loss to Arcata on March 16. Those are Del Norte’s only two team losses so far this season.

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