Central outmatched by Cibola
Central Union High's tennis doubles team Jose Lopez, 17, returns the ball as Ramses Valenzuela, 17, looks on during a tennis match against Cibola High at Central Union High in El Centro on Tuesday. (JOSELITO VILLERO)
The loss to the Raiders was the first match of the 2012 season for the Spartans.
Central’s No. 1 singles player, David Armenta, lost 1-6 to Cibola’s No. 1, and fell 6-7 to the No. 2 and 4-6 to No. 3 Raider.
“It was a little bit of a rough day; Cibola’s a great team,” Armenta, a 16-year-old junior, said. “We’re a young team, and we’ve been out there practicing.
“Every practice there’s a little bit of improvement,” he said. “Even though we lost, these kinds of matches are a really great experience.”
As the No. 2 singles player for the Spartans, Esteban Galvan fared no better, losing all three matches (0-6, 1-6, 1-6). Marcus Hints, Central’s No. 3 player, lost 0-6 to all three opponents.
The Spartans played their strongest tennis of the afternoon in doubles play.
Their No. 1 team of Francis Valenzuela and Jose Lopez, rebounded from a 4-6 loss to Cibola’s No. 1 team to win the last two 7-6 and 6-1.
Brandon Beltran and Doh Kim also rebounded from a 4-6 loss to win their last two (6-2, 6-1), while Ernie Gutierrez and Ramon Ortega lost two matches 1-6 before winning the third 6-2.
“I thought the other team was good, so I thought my guys played well, even though we lost,” Central coach Dan Williams said.
The Spartans (0-1) will next host Coachella High at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, as they look to improve more and more.
“I’ve never seen Coachella play, so we’ll see how it goes,” Armenta said. “We’re going to get more experience as we continue the year.
“Every new day is a new day,” he said. “You never know what’s going to happen out there.”