APTOS — The Aptos Mariners had some lingering questions after losing to the St. Francis Central Coast Catholic Sharks in their Santa Cruz Coastal Athletic League opener; on Thursday they answered them all.
The Mariners improved to 1-1 in SCCAL play by 5-2 over the Soquel Knights at Aptos High School.
After going undefeated last season in league play, an up-and-coming St. Francis C.C.C. team upset the Mariners 5-2.
Before the loss the Mariners had won 22 league matches in a row.
“I didn’t necessarily think we had something to prove today,” said Kelly McMinn. “We’ll have something to prove when we play them again. We’re going to have a comeback.”
The Mariners have to wait until Oct. 10 for their rematch against the Sharks.
“We’ll win next time, for sure,” said Ell Arnerich.
All four singles players won for the Mariners.
No. 1 Teagan Knight won with ease over Andrea Totten, 6-0,6-0.
McMinn, who went undefeated in league last season, won her match against Lillie Vost as the No. 2 player in three sets 6-1, 5-7, 1-0.
“I feel like I could’ve played better,” said McMinn. “I played a little inconsistent, but I was able to pull through.”
The two juniors were joined by their two teammates Sanika Kshirsagar and Lyndsey Mott, the No. 3 and No. 4 players respectively.
Kshirsagar won 6-0, 6-1 over Linnea Blaustein.
Mott, who was competing in her first varsity singles match, won 6-1, 7-5.
Aptos’ No. 1 doubles team of Julia Fuller and Melinda Faulk lost to Grace Harrison and Margarita Servin 6-1, 6-1.
Their No. 2 doubles of Arnerich and Maddy Miller were the only doubles winners for the Mariners at 6-3, 6-2.
Soquel’s team of Addy Hays and Emma Finnigan won in three sets 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 beating their No. 3 doubles Hayley Sakae and Tari Garcia.
The back-to-back reigning SCCAL champions will travel to Scotts Valley Tuesday at 4 p.m.
The Falcons played the Mariners tough last season losing twice by the score of 4-3.
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