The Coast Union varsity tennis team lost to Templeton last Thursday, but the next day the Lady Broncos defeated Dunn School 13-5, thanks in part to Melissa Mathieson winning her three sets and Maddie May winning two out of her three sets.
Speaking of May, “Maddie May is really coming along — she’s No. 2 now because she worked her way up the lineup and has really improved a lot,” coach Ron Ruggles said. “She had a challenge match and won, so now she’s the second seed.”
Ruggles points out that any player can challenge the player seeded just above her. May, a sophomore, follows in the footsteps of her older sister Morgan May, who played a superior brand of tennis all four years — Ruggles referred to Morgan as “an awesome talent” — and graduated this past spring in the Class of 2013.
Ruggles was not able to attend the match at Dunn School because of a knee injury he has struggled with for a month. “My knee swelled up so bad on Friday I had to go to the doctor,” he said. He received a cortisone shot to reduce the swelling. “I’ve really had a tough time — at practice I sit on a chair and do drills for the girls from there.”
As to his team of young but potentially talented players, “They are getting better every week,” Ruggles reported. The next home match for the Lady Broncos is Oct. 10 against traditional rival Mission Prep — whom Coast Union defeated earlier this season — and that is a 3:30 start.