The Santa Ynez women staff has needed to make loads of changes this yr.
The Pirates are in a brand new CIF part and in a brand new league. Santa Ynez, together with Lompoc and Cabrillo, moved from the CIF Southern Part to the Central Part efficient this faculty yr.
Santa Ynez is taking part in within the Central Part’s Division II. The Pirates, achieved with the Channel League the place that they had performed for 4 years, are competing within the Mountain League this yr.
They appear to have adjusted simply fantastic. As of this writing, Santa Ynez was 14-1, together with 5-1 within the Mountain League. The Pirates’ lone league loss was to San Luis Obispo.
“I am actually happy with the women, with how nicely they’ve achieved after all of the adjustments,” relating to the change in CIF part, and league, stated veteran Santa Ynez coach Jennifer Rasmussen.
Santa Ynez, Lompoc and Cabrillo stayed within the Southern Part after the opposite space colleges moved to the Central Part in 2018. These three determined to make the transfer previous to this faculty yr.
Earlier than the opposite colleges departed the Southern Part, Santa Ynez gained the Los Padres League championship commonly. That additionally meant common playoff appearances.
After the transfer to the harder Channel League, a part of which incorporates established women tennis packages Santa Barbara, Dos Pueblos and San Marcos, the Pirates certified for the playoffs one time – they earned a wild card spot with a three-way tie for third place three years in the past.
Nonetheless, “I loved taking part in in opposition to the Channel League women, the upper competitors,” stated Santa Ynez senior Allie Linane.
Linane and fellow seniors Emma Promote and Morea Naretto assist type the core of the Santa Ynez varsity this yr. Promote is the No. 1 Pirates singles participant. Naretto is No. 2 and Linane is No. 3. They’re all three-year varsity gamers and have been in this system since they had been freshmen.
Keegan Withrow, Natalie O’Shaughnessy and Lily Mazza comprise the remainder of the common Santa Ynez singles lineup. Withrow and O’Shaughnessy, Promote and Brielle Saarloos, and Kate Mazza and Delfina Serra teamed up for a doubles win every in a 9-0 league win for the Pirates at Righetti final week.
“I loved taking part in in opposition to increased competitors,” Promote stated that day throughout a break between her singles and doubles matches. “It makes you a greater participant.”
Nonetheless, “It is good to be doing so nicely within the new league,” stated Linane. Rasmussen stated that because the Pirates had been on their technique to profitable at Righetti that she believed her staff had already clinched a playoff spot.
The devastating COVID-19 pandemic has had worldwide results, and the Pirates tennis squad needed to take care of the circumstances the pandemic placed on it.
After in-person faculty all through the nation had been shut down for months, athletic groups lastly acquired the go-ahead to work out – with some stringent circumstances at first.
“After we first began working towards (after getting the go-ahead), we needed to put on masks on a regular basis,” Linane stated. “And folks had been watching us to verify we had been carrying them.”
Coping with the sweaty, muggy circumstances below the masks that got here with tennis exercises wasn’t precisely simple both, the gamers stated.
What would have been the autumn 2020 season for groups was pushed again to spring 2021. Gamers and coaches had one other fast turnaround with the beginning of the subsequent season, the autumn of 2021.
In addition to coping with the results of the COVID-19 pandemic and taking part in in a brand new division, the Santa Ynez gamers have additionally needed to regulate to a brand new match format.
The Southern Part tennis format requires every staff’s three singles gamers and three doubles groups to play one set every in opposition to one another (No. 1 singles participant and No. 1 doubles squad from one staff in opposition to the No’s. 1, 2 and three from the opposite, with the No. 2’s from the groups doing the identical factor, and so forth.) Singles gamers can not play doubles, and vice versa.
The Central Part format requires six singles gamers from one staff to play their counterpart in a single best-of-three-sets match (the No. 1 participant from one squad performs solely the No. 1 from the opposite, the identical factor for the No. 2’s, and so forth.) The third set is definitely a form of best-of-20 tiebreak. The primary participant to get 11 factors, with a two-point margin, wins the match.
In Central Part doubles, the three tandems from every squad additionally play one best-of-three units match. If one squad has already wrapped up the win after singles, coaches can comply with an eight-game professional set format for the doubles pairs.
Singles gamers may play doubles, and coaches typically have at the least a few of their gamers do this.
“I just like the best-of-three (singles) format finest,” stated Noretto.
“You stick with the identical particular person, and also you get to know their recreation. While you play completely different individuals, you may’t do this. It is completely different. “
Linane stated, “I used to be undoubtedly skeptical of the best-of-three format at first. However a best-of-three offers you the possibility to choose your self up within the second set in case you did not play nicely within the first. “
Promote stated, “It offers you the possibility to return from behind and win.”
“I might agree with all that,” Rasmussen stated of her gamers’ evaluation. “I just like the best-of-three format. It offers gamers an opportunity to get extra conversant in their opponents’ recreation. “
The Pirates will end their common season Oct. 11. The Central Coast Athletic Affiliation (CCAA) Mountain League prelims and finals will happen the next week.
“Making the playoffs my senior yr could be a pleasant technique to exit,” stated Linane.