The Monte Vista High School girls tennis team, which is the defending North Coast Section champions, hosts Foothill on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
The relevance of this match is that these East Bay Athletic League teams met each other in the NCS team championship final last November, with Monte Vista coming away with a 5-2 win.
The Mustangs had the depth, while the Falcons had three of the best players on the court. Foothill’s Kerri Kummer was the EBAL champ and fell to Dublin’s Lorena Gonzalez in the first round of the NCS singles championships. Also, Foothill’s Megan Kummer and Lauren Guerdat teamed up to win the EBAL and NCS doubles championships.
Led by No. 1 singles player Vanessa Lunardi, Monte Vista reached the semifinals of the California Interscholastic Federation NorCal team championship, as did Foothill.
Not much has changed since then. Both teams have won their first three EBAL matches of the season. Kerri and Megan Kummer and Guerdat are the Falcons top three singles players (Megan Kummer and Guerdat switched between singles and doubles last year).
Mia Giovanetti has taken over the No. 1 singles spot for the Mustangs but Lunardi is at No. 2.
This should be a highly-competitive match.
As a side note, Monte Vista is scheduled to host Miramonte in a nonleague match on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Miramonte has taken early control of the Diablo Foothill Athletic League after beating rival Campolindo 5-4 last Wednesday. The Matadors are 9-0 in the DFAL. Miramonte lost to Foothill in the NCS team quarterfinals last year.
This should be a great test for Monte Vista and Miramonte and a tremendous way for the Mustangs to tuneup for the Falcons.