In search of that perfect season

By Andrea Camarena

When Exeter girls tennis went all the way to the Valley Championship and won this past fall, it left the Exeter boys tennis team with a big act to follow.

Led by the same coach, Jason Welch, the boys earned themselves three league wins in a row last week to start off league on the right foot.

The Monarchs opened league play last Monday against their neighbors, Lindsay. The Monarchs stuck a harsh loss to the Cardinals 15-3. Lindsay's only victories for the night came from their No. 2 doubles team of Jesus Galvez and Pedro Gonzalez and their No. 1 doubles pair Roger Mendoza and Danny Fonseco.

Galvez and Gonzalez defeated Exeter's No. 3 pair of Jameson Beggs and Ryan Meeks, 3-6 in the first round of doubles play. They also took the win in the third round when Exeter's No. 2 team, Greg Phines and J.C. Mitchell forfeited the last round. Fonseco and Mendoza found a slice of victory in the third round when they downed Exeter's Beggs and Meeks 2-6 in the second round.

Three points wasn't nearly enough to hold off the Monarchs though and Exeter took off for a huge 15-3 win over Lindsay.

The Monarchs made their next league victory look almost as easy. Exeter traveled to hand Orosi a loud 13-5 loss on the Cardinal courts.

This time, the Monarchs gave up just one win in the first round, two in the second and one more in the third. Singles players Carson Wileman and Kevin Aguet had perfect games with three wins apiece. No. 2 singles player Randy Shandler gave up only one game in the second round when he fell to Orosi's No. 1 Luis Lopez 2-6.

The doubles teams struggled a little more than the singles but still brought in wins. No. 1 doubles Dan McAlister and Nick Sanchez went undefeated against the Cardinals while Phines and Mitchell and Beggs and Meeks both went 1-2 against Orosi.

No. 1 Singles player Carson Wileman went undefeated in every match against his first two league opponents to set up an impressive individual record. Aguet also found himself sticking with the team's winning ways and has yet to lose a match in league play.

The Monarchs hosted their third league opponent, Woodlake on Thursday for another Monarch win. With a rearranged format, the Monarchs played sans a No. 3 singles player giving the Tigers four automatic wins. Still the Monarchs came out of the game with a 14-4 victory.

Wileman played in the No. 1 singles spot and continued his winning streak through the three rounds against the Tigers. Greg Phines also won all three of his matches in the No. 2 singles spot.

In doubles play, McAlister and Sanchez combined for the No. 1 team and took three straight wins. Shandler and Aguet made created three more Monarch wins playing in the No. 2 doubles spot.

Meeks and Beggs beat Woodlake's No. 1 and No. 3 teams to win two of three matches aganst Woodlake.

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