Fallbrook High School’s girls tennis team concluded the dual match portion of the Warriors’ 2017 season with a 4-12 overall record, including a 1-7 mark in Valley League competition.
“We just weren’t at full strength in a couple of matches that we might have been able to win,” Fallbrook coach Bill Lenaway said. “A lot of the other matches the better team won.”
During the first round of league play, Fallbrook and Escondido high schools each won nine sets, Sept. 14, at the Fallbrook Tennis Club, and the Warriors were given the victory on the tie-breaking criteria of games won. The Cougars won the Oct. 3 league match in Escondido by a 12-6 margin.
“That was one of the matches that we were not quite at full strength,” Lenaway said.
Although Fallbrook lost all four matches during the second half of Valley League play, junior Imogen Isaac did not lose a set. Isaac lost only two sets during league play, both in the first round. San Pasqual High School senior Cali Smith defeated Isaac in a Sept. 7 set at the Fallbrook Tennis Club, although Isaac defeated Smith in the Sept. 26 rematch at San Pasqual.
Last year, Isaac defeated Smith in the league tournament final to win the Valley League individual singles championship, and this year, Ramona freshman Julia Failla is expected to be the top seed in the individual league tournament, which will be held Nov. 1 through 3, while Isaac is likely to receive the second seed. Failla took a 6-0 victory against Isaac, Sept. 21, at the Riviera Oaks Country Club in Ramona, but she did not play in Ramona’s 13-5 victory, Oct. 10, in Fallbrook.
“The deeper we got into the season Imogen was playing better,” Lenaway said.
Fallbrook’s 2017 roster included three seniors, one of whom was a substitute, so most of the Warriors’ players are expected to return to the team next year. Many of those players made their organized tennis debut with the 2017 CIF season and learned much of their tennis fundamentals during the two months of practices and matches.
“I’m just hoping that they come back,” Lenaway said.