Dons open season with an impressive win

Santa Barbara took two sets off Cate’s No. 1 player Blake Mackall, and the Dons opened their boys tennis season with an impressive 14-4 victory over the Rams on Wednesday.

“It was a good start to the season for Santa Barbara,” coach Greg Tebbe said. “Great effort, sportsmanship, and good, competitive tennis from both teams.”

Nico Pollero went 2-0 at the No. 1 singles for the Dons and Graham Maassen won three sets at No. 3.

Mackall, a CIF qualifier last season, went 1-2 for the Rams (0-2).

“We swept the first two rounds and we were able to substitute most of the players in the third round, which allowed many first-year players to get some quality match experience,” said Tebbe.

The Dons will get a good early test this weekend when they play at the California High School Championships in Fresno.

Santa Barbara 14, Cate 4
Singles—SB: Nico Pollero 2-0, Morgan Hale 2-1, Graham Maassen 3-0, Max Mercurio 0-1. C: Blake Mackall 1-2, Austin Lokre 0-3, Alex Erling 1-2.

Doubles—SB: Logan Liddell / Mitchell Kuhn 1-0, Mitchell Kuhn / Benjamin Bird 1-0, Benjamin Bird / Jake Sutton 0-1, Avery Chernin / Ryan Chung 2-0, William Belfiore / Patrick Kim 0-1, Jack Damen / Austin Trevillian 2-0, Austin Trevillian / Matthew Wallock 1-0. C: Parker Gribb / Thys Northop 1-2, Brendan Lokre / Jack Hoover 0-3, Bill Pomerans / Kei Mitchel 1-2.

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