Doubles teams come through for San Marcos

San Marcos lost only one game in the final round of doubles, and that proved to be the difference in a non-league tennis win over Camarillo on Friday.

The teams tied 9-9 in sets, but the Royals prevailed 65-61 on games.

“Our doubles teams played mentally tough today and came through when we needed everything in that last round,” San Marcos coach Jarrod Bradley said. “It would have been disappointing to lose our first match at home in front of our fans on an amazing Friday afternoon.”

Nik Kilpelainen and Garrett Timmons swept their doubles sets without losing a game for the second time in two years. As it turned out, the Royals would need every game they could win to defeat the visiting Scorpions.

“Nik and Garrett were a force of nature today on the newly resurfaced John Stoney courts. I was impressed how well they communicated, served and returned. They’re great volleyers so when their serve and return game is working they are a very tough out and that was the case today.”

“Our doubles play was much improved today. We’ve really been trying to live the mantra “spin to win” and did so today. Like an artist, we painted the lines well on our serves and won a gaggle of easy points off of them.”

San Marcos plays Arroyo Grande on Tuesday.

San Marcos 9 (65), Camarillo 9 (61). Singles—C: Corey Karen 2-1, Justin Anderson 3-0, Joey Sander 3-0. SM: Petar Jivkov 1-2, Travis Enholm 0-3, Adam Smith 0-3. Doubles—C: Bret Meier-Wes Byerly 1-2, Sebastian Swietlow-Chan Kwan 0-3, Kenny Wang-Eric Chen 0-3. SM: Jackson Foster-Jackson Mann 3-0, Parker Funk-Garrett Hazarian 2-1, Nik Kilpelainen-Garrett Timmons 3-0. Records—C 1-1, SM 1-1