Pali High Tennis Tops Venice

Coach Bud Kling hoped his team could win a match at last weekend’s Point Loma Tennis Invitational in San Diego, but the Dolphins did him one better, finishing 2-2 to take 11th place out of 16 schools. Palos Verdes, which beat Palisades earlier in the week, defeated Campbell Hall 4-2 for the championship.

Palisades took on Los Gatos in the first round and each side won three matches before the Wildcats prevailed in a super tiebreaker. In the consolation quarterfinals, Palisades and West Ranch battled to a 3-3 tie, only this time the Dolphins won the super tiebreaker.    

The Dolphins lost their third match to Menlo 5-1, with Noe Winter notching Palisades’ only point at No. 3 singles. The last match pitted Palisades against Torrey Pines and the Dolphins won 6-0. Ireland Amato won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, twin sister Sophia Amato won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 and Halsey Hulse won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3. Winter paired with Kalea Martin to win 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles, captain Alex Miller and Emma Akiyama won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 and Bliss Macdowell teamed with Sarah Slavkin to win 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3.

Palisades blanked Venice 7-0 Monday to wrap up the first round of Western League play. Akiyama, Jessica Garff, Claudia Goore and Brynn Macdowell won in singles. The tandems of Sydney Gartin/Nora Morlot, Sofie Brazier/Sophie Shumilov and Sasha Lipson/Lexi Much swept in doubles.