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Arroyo Grande dominates in singles in girls tennis win over San Luis Obispo

Arroyo Grande's Delanie Dunkle makes a return against San Luis Obispo's McKenzie Burkshire during Thursday's tennis match. Dunkle won all three of her sets 6-0 against the Tigers.
Arroyo Grande's Delanie Dunkle makes a return against San Luis Obispo's McKenzie Burkshire during Thursday's tennis match. Dunkle won all three of her sets 6-0 against the Tigers. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

The Arroyo Grande High girls tennis team defeated San Luis Obispo 12-6 Thursday in a windy matchup of league foes in Arroyo Grande.

The Eagles (3-2, 3-0 PAC 8) dominated singles play against the Tigers, taking seven of nine sets in the win. Freshman and No. 1 singles player Delanie Dunkle won her three sets 6-0, 6-0, 6-0. Eagles No. 2 junior Mary Waterman, also won all of her sets, 6-1, 6-3, 6-0.

The doubles team Josephine Graeber and Lauren Midyett also grabbed three sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-1.

Windy Play on Windy Day: The wind was gusty as the sun set over the Arroyo Grande courts, and the Tigers tried o use it to their advantage. But Eagles coach Lori Hollister and her team were prepared.

"The advantage we had playing at home was that we played sets on those courts (Wednesday) and the wind was exactly the same," Hollister said. "So we were able to address it in practice (Wednesday), and that was the biggest factor today."

The Tigers tried to employ high lobs to throw off the hard hitting Eagles pair of Waterman and Dunkle.

"It was a very smart play for the wind and it was very difficult to return," Waterman said. "At first I used the same strategy as her but then I picked the ball up and started hitting more power and that helped me win the match."

"I was just trying not to hit the ball too high so it wouldn't go out," Dunkle said.

Fabulous Freshman: Freshman Delanie Dunkle is the Eagles go-to hitter, when she's there. Dunkle splits here time between the Eagles tennis and golf teams. She's pretty good on the links, too. She is the golf team's No. 3 player and last week she shot a 35 in a match against Paso Robles.

Tigers: The Tigers struggled in singles play, but the No. 1 doubles team of Sami Good and Maddie Handy took two sets off the Eagles and finished, 6-0, 4-6, 6-4. The Tigers are 3-2 overall and a 2-1 record in league play.

What's Next: Arroyo Grande is at Paso Robles on Tuesday, while the Tigers will be at Pioneer Valley.

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