It was another day at the office for the Davis High girls tennis team: go in, do work and leave victorious.
The Blue Devils used a strong all-around performance from every player in their lineup to shut out Monterey Trail, 9-0, and remained unbeaten in Delta Valley Conference play.
The Mustangs just looked outmatched against DHS, as all of the singles players won their matches in less than an hour.
Junior Kailynn Yang, playing at No. 1 singles, set the tone for the Devils as she dismantled her opponent in less than 30 minutes, 6-0, 6-0.
The rest of the singles players, Angela Donahue, Marlena Angermann, Jenna Mould, Grace Kaplan and Cat Archer — who is counted on for leadership as Davis’ only senior — had no difficulty with their opponents, all five winning in straight sets.
The story was similar for the local doubles teams.
DHS’ top duo, made up of juniors Megan Ewens and Angela Fleming, blanked their opponents 6-0, 6-0. Blue Devils’ Michelle Bacigalupi and Aydan Prime won their No. 2 doubles match 6-3, 6-1 and Davis’ No. 3 doubles team — Holmes nine-graders Maya McHale and Maggie Whittemore — won their match 6-2, 6-1.
“These girls are so sound fundamentally,” said Brett Stone, who is filling in for Devil coach Sally Hosley while she’s on medical leave. “They play well together, they’re very determined, and they know what they’re doing.”
Even though the Blue Devils dominated the Mustangs, they stayed classy throughout their matches.
“The girls show wonderful sportsmanship,” Stone said. “This was 9-0, most matches were not in doubt, and the team was just so gracious. They just show such respect for their opponents and often times you don’t see that.”
DHS’ good attitude comes impart from the one player who has spent four years in blue and white.
“(These years) have been really great,” Archer said. “I started in my freshman year and I was obviously really nervous because there were only two other freshmen on the team. Everyone on the team is so friendly, so even though I’m the only person in my grade, I still have a lot of friends here and I’m really close to them. It really doesn’t feel like I’m older than everyone else.”
Archer is one of the team captains and, with coach Hosley away from the team for a few weeks, she and fellow team captain Ewens will have to step into even bigger leadership roles.
“We just need to keep the team very positive, and keep everyone focused and on track because sometimes when coach is gone we get a little distracted,” Archer explained. “We just have to keep doing what we’re doing because we’re having a great season.”
Archer also hopes to keep the team motivated against the less competitive DVC schedule.
“It’s kind of tricky sometimes (to stay motivated) because we don’t really think about them as much,” Archer said. “It gets kind of hard. But it’s really important to let everyone know that these matches are really important and we do have to try our best.”
That DVC schedule continues next week with road matches at Elk Grove (Tuesday) and Franklin (Thursday).
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