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Vincent Memorial Catholic High junior Leticia Bazua hits a backhand against Pacific Ridge High of Carlsbad during the Scots’ CIF-San Diego Section Division I first-round playoff match at Southwest High on Tuesday, Oct. 26. | CATHI PHILLIPS LARIOS PHOTO

GIRLS TENNIS: No. 1 Scots Advance to CIF Championships

Vincent Memorial Takes on No. 3 Scripps Ranch in D-I Title Matchup in San Diego

EL CENTRO — The No. 1-ranked Vincent Memorial Catholic High School girls tennis team is headed to the CIF-San Diego Section Division I championship match after beating Our Lady of Peace Academy of San Diego, 11-7, in the semifinals at Southwest High here on Thursday, Oct. 28.

The Scots will take on third-seeded Scripps Ranch High of La Jolla in the championship, set for 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29, at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.

The Scots, who cruised to the Imperial Valley League championship, defeated Pacific Ridge High of Carlsbad, 13-5, in the opening round of the playoffs on Tuesday, Oct. 26. They followed that with an 11-7 quarterfinal victory over Rancho Bernardo to advance to Thursday’s semifinals.

Vincent Memorial won the CIF-San Diego Section Division II Coed Championship back in May when the boys and girls teams were combined for the COVID-shortened 2020-21 season.  

In other girls tennis playoff action, 16th-seeded Southwest High fell, 11-7, to Steele Canyon of Spring Valley in the opening round of the CIF-SDS Division II playoffs on Tuesday, Oct. 26, in Spring Valley.

In Division III action, 13th-seeded Calexico traveled to La Mesa and fell to fourth-seeded Helix High, 11-7, in opening-round action on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

Vincent Memorial Catholic High sophomore Valentina Falla hits a forehand while doubles teammate Greta Godino looks on during the Scots’ opening round CIF-San Diego Section Division I playoff win over Pacific Ridge High of Carlsbad at Southwest High in El Centro on Tuesday, Oct. 26. | CATHI PHILLIPS LARIOS PHOTO