BARSTOW • It was a good day to be number two for the Barstow High School tennis team on Thursday.
The Aztecs fell 13-5 to Granite Hills despite a near sweep of the Cougars by Barstow's number two singles and doubles players. Barstow's number two singles player Nolan Earl was able to go 3-0 on the day after a hard fought game that went to a tie breaker against Granite Hills Rishi Nanda. The pair have forced each other into extra points all three times they have faced off this season, with Earl winning all three, and could continue the rivalry for the next two years. Nanda is only a freshman and Earl is a sophomore this season.
"I'm disappointed in the weather conditions and just at some of the play a bit today," Barstow coach Leah Johnston said. "We definitely had some bright spots today though. Our number two players are really fighting for the (Desert Sky League) match spot."
Barstow's other two wins of the day came from the doubles team of James Martinez and Nick Robusse. The pair are 19-5 on the season something they credit to a long standing friendship.
"We've been hanging out together since we were kids," Robusse said. "We have good chemistry as partners."
"Nick reminds me to keep my cool out there," Martinez added. "It helps me and we work well together."
Although Barstow's number two doubles team had a good day, the Cougars' doubles teams have excelled all season according to Granite Hills coach Beau Smith. Granite Hills' doubles teams went 7-2 on the day slightly improving the singles' players 6-3 record.
"We always get strong play out of our doubles players," Smith said. "Our number two team has really come together. It's been nice to watch them become a real team."
GRANITE HILLS SINGLES
Nanda 6-0, 7-6 (5), 6-1; Fernandez 6-0, 3-6, 6-4; Porter 6-1, 6-1; Gashi 1-6.
GRANITE HILLS DOUBLES
Medina-Kim 6-3, 3-6, 6-0; Vachirakorntong-Patal 6-3, 6-3, 6-1; Noga-Garcia 6-0, 3-6, 6-1.
Hamdan 0-6 0-6, 1-6; Earl 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-1; Langford 2-6, 4-6, 1-6.
Hanhan-Barcenas 3-6, 3-6, 0-6; Martinez-Robusse 6-3, 3-6, 6-3; Moon-Teal Moon-Ventura 0-6, 1-6, 1-6.