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Aptos tennis humbled, then returns favor: Mariners edge out San Benito 4-3

Posted: Thursday, Sep 12th, 2013

APTOS — The Aptos Mariners tennis team had a tough time keeping up with Stevenson on Tuesday as they went down in a 7-0 sweep.

“They’re a good team,” said Kelly McMinn. “Playing against them is good though. We can use it since it’s the preseason. We can adjust how we play. I find that when I play against people better than me I play better as well.”

McMinn played Madysen Washbrun and went down 6-3, 6-1.

But all eyes were on Stevenson’s No. 1 player Anna Romeka. The senior came into Tuesday’s match ranked at 406 in the nation and 69 in the state.

The tall task of playing Romeka fell on Teegan Knight and although she tried her best, Romeka was too much for junior.

Romeka won 6-0, 6-0.

“I played well and she played well too,” said Romeka. “I played with consistency and I got the balls on the court.”

Romeka, who is listed as a two-star recruit by tennisrecruiting.net, stated she wanted to continue her school after graduating this year. She hasn’t made a deciscion on what school.

On her short list is: Santa Clara, Loyola Marymount University and Cal Poly.

The Mariners on the other hand, are focused on their goals.

One of them being another Santa Cruz Coastal Athletic League championship.

“We want to win league,” said Knight. “We definitely want to keep that going.”

The Mariners have won the SCCAL title the past two years.

They start their title defense on Sept. 24 when they face St. Francis Central Coast Catholic on the road.

The Mariners made it for the loss with a 4-3 win on the road over San Benito on Wednesday.

They got two great performances from the No. 1 and No. 2 players, McMinn and Sanika Kshirsagar.

McMinn cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win and Kshirsagar won 6-4, 6-0.

The Mariners No. 3 and 4 went down, but two of their doubles teams were able to pull out victories.

Melissa Tao and Melinda Faulk won in straight sets and Hayley Sakae and Teri Garcia won in three.

They will play Salinas High School on Monday on the road at 3:30 p.m.

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