Well the Spartans got underway at 615 to head down to Santa Barbara. For some of the kids this was their first time in Santa Barbara. We stopped on the way down at McDonalds in wonderful King City. Actually Coach Marianne took a couple to Starbucks.
Then we made our way down to our Hotel, a Best Western within walking distance of the Wharf. We had a great lunch on on outdoor patio overlooking the Marina. We then asked a gentlemen to take our picture. He’s wearing a Spartan shirt and has been a part time chemistry teacher at DLS. Couldn’t believe it.
We were lucky in that all five doubles teams played at Knowlwood Tennis Club in Montecito. Beautiful setting and some great tennis. We were also lucky that Mr. and Mrs. Perera made the trip down and brought so many snacks and drinks we had to have a wagon to get them to the Club.
Our #1 doubles team was Super Sophomore Ben Beernink and Super Senior Jeff Kubota. They played the longest match of the day. They played a really good team from San Marcos HS. Jeff and Ben haven’t had a real chance to play much doubles together but it didn’t show. They were both hitting deep shots from the back court and some unbelievable top spin lobs. The San Marcos team and for that matter all of the teams down here play a lot more doubles. They play 3 matches of singles and 3 matches of doubles in everyone of their matches so doubles is as important as singles. Ben and Jeff ended up losing the first set 6-4 and were up 5-3 in the second. San Marcos used their experience to their advantage and ended up winning 6-4, 7-5.
Our #2 doubles team was Anthony Kindy-Baillot and Shamal Perera. Again, these are two kids that mainly play singles and haven’t had a chance to play doubles together. They were playing a match against View Point HS, a private school in Calabassas. Shamal and Anthony were a little too tentative on their serves and got broken several times. The started out slow and lost the first set 6-1. They made a great effort in the second set and came back and were serving better and playing less tentative. They were up a break in the second but were unable to close it out. They ended up losing 6-1, 7-5.
Our #3 doubles team, Seniors Kyle Haley and Tristan Clinton, have the advantage of playing together for their fourth year at DLS. And it showed big time! They were serving well, using their I formation to their advantage and destroyed the team from View Point in straight sets. They were off the Court so quick they got to see all of the rest of the matches and eat plenty of snacks brought by the Perera’s.
Our #4 doubles team was Sophomore Dimitri Kindy-Baillot and Freshman Elliot Hawkins playing for the first time together. They were are only 3 set match. The third set being a 10 point tie breaker. They started out the first set and won 6-4. They looked like they were in complete control. However, the boys from Santa Barbara HS weren’t going away in front of a home crowd. The controlled the second set and won 6-2. That set up the 10 point tiebreaker. Elliot and Dimitri completely controlled the tiebreaker and had several match points before finally closing it out 10-8. Final score 6-4, 2-6, 10-8. They looked like the Bryan Brothers after winning the match and giving each other big chest bumps.
Our #5 doubles team was Freshman Max Koerner and Sophomore Aidan McNamara. They are going to be a team to be reckoned with this year in the EBAL. They have played a little bit together and after the way they dominated their match 6-1, 6-4 I see a bright future for them as a doubles team this year They both move well together and the righty-lefty combination is always a good thing.
After the matches were over we came back and showered. Then we headed over to my old college doubles partner’s house. We barbequed some hamburgers and sausages and eat outside. Don’t worry he has outside heaters and an outdoor fireplace.
This morning we’ll head out for our 830 matches. We will then have matches following those and hopefully get out of here by 1 or so after lunch. We should be back up in the Bay Area by 8.