Girls’ Tennis gets its singles game back on track, defeats Jurupa Hills 10-8


Shantel Marantes returned to playing singles, taking all three sets and leading the Yellowjackets to a 10-8 team victory over Jurupa Hills.

Fontana, CA—The Yellowjacket girls’ tennis team has struggled in its singles game the past several matches, winners of only three of their last 27 sets. They righted the ship on Tuesday at Jurupa Hills, with the ladies’ singles taking seven of the possible nine sets against the Spartans.

After the match versus Kaiser on September 30, head coach Omar Menjivar promised some changes, and the team delivered.

Sophomore Shantel Marentes returned to the singles game and dominated the Spartans, taking all three of her sets, 6-0, 6-1, 6-0. Her strong court vision and powerful forehand proved to be too much for her opposition.

Emily Ramirez was also moved into the singles division, taking the number two seed position. Her poise and experience led to three straight wins, 6-0, 6-4, 6-2.

Redesignating Marentes and Ramirez meant the Yellowjacket doubles teams, which had only lost four of their last 27 sets, would face a setback as the players built chemistry with new partners. They dropped six of their 9 sets against Jurupa Hills. However, this was enough to ensure a more balanced team victory.

“We came out on top with a very well earned win,” Coach Menjivar said after the game. “Shantel and Emiy are better singles players. They did what they had to do and each won three sets for the team.”

Colton looks to start a new winning streak when they take to the courts for a road rematch next Tuesday against San Gorgonio.