BARSTOW - The Barstow High School tennis team gave it's seniors a goodbye present on Wednesday.

A win.

The Aztecs beat, Desert Sky League rival, Victorville 12-6 in their final match of the season. Barstow coach Bill Warman kept his seniors in the entire match in honor of senior day. In return the seniors won nine of 12 sets during the match. Barstow senior Alysse Stewart said although she'll miss tennis the hard part will be leaving her teammates.

"I'm excited about the win, but I'm sad because it's my last tennis match ever," Stewart said. "It's the end of an era. I have played for four years. I'll miss interacting with the girls. I'll miss them more than actually playing tennis."

Barstow and Victorville were battling for fourth place in the DSL in the match. The Aztecs won the previous match against the Jackrabbits, tying them 9-9 in sets but beating them 71-66 in the game count. However, if Victorville managed a win, the teams would have been tied in league for last place with the tiebreaker going to the Jackrabbits. A fourth place finish may not sound very impressive, but Barstow hasn't made it out of last place in the DSL in the last five years.

"It's good we finally broke the tradition after so many years.," senior Danielle Chavez said. "We play against tough schools where a lot of the girls have private coaches so to come up not last it's a really cool accomplishment for us."

The Aztecs got strong play from their doubles and singles players in the match. Each managed to earn wins in six sets. Barstow's No. 1 singles player Holly Duitsman beat everyone she faced to be the only Aztec to earn a hat trick in the match. This was a step up from her 2-1 performance in the last meeting with Victorville. The Aztecs' No. 1 doubles team, Danielle Chavez and Julie Monroe, were only a couple volleys from their own sweep, losing 7-5 to Victorville's No. 1 doubles. Kitty Guo earned her first varsity win in the match beating Victorville's No. 3 singles player 6-2.

Duitsman will join Barstow's No. 2 singles player, Megan Dunham, No. 1 doubles team, Chavez and Monroe , and No. 2 doubles team, Holly Murphy and Alysse Stewart, at the DSL Finals at 9 a.m. on Friday at Silverado High School. The top two teams from each school in the league advance to the finals and compete to advance as a team or individually.

"I think the number of girls that came out for the team and worked hard led to our improvement," Warman said. "They came out on their own time and worked on their game. It takes giving it everything you've got."


Duitsman 6-3, 6-0, 6-0; Dunham 2-6, 6-1, 6-0; Guo 3-6, 6-2; Bindi 0-6.


Chavez-Monroe 5-7, 6-0, 6-1; Murphy-Stewart 4-6, 6-1, 6-1; Musitef-Musitef 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.


Perez 3-6, 6-2, 6-3; Malaquit 0-6, 1-6, 6-0; Two 0-6, 0-6, 2-6.


Tackett-Campbell 7-5, 6-4, 6-4; Peterson-Armenta 0-6, 1-6, 2-6; Nowel-Osuna 1-6, 1-6, 2-6.