As desert girls’ tennis teams opened up Desert Valley League play on Tuesday, it was Palm Desert, Xavier Prep and newcomer Shadow Hills picking up league victories.
Palm Desert 12, La Quinta 6: The Aztecs got a sweep from the doubles team of Annie McCarthy and Andrea Aguilar (6-3, 7-5, 6-1) and used solid singles play to earn a win over the Blackhawks.
In singles, Kylee Shannon (6-1, 6-1), Claudia Stepien (6-1, 6-0) and Tenaya Moranda (6-1, 6-0) each won a pair of sets before being subbed out. The doubles team of Saige Colilns and Maeli Martin won twice (6-4, 6-0) and Maddi Woodforde and Sophie Gengler teamed to win one set 6-1.
Palm Desert (2-0) plays at Cathedral City at 3:15 p.m.
Shadow Hills 17, Cathedral City 1: The Knights handled the Lions in their first ever DVL contest, sweeping all the doubles sets and all but one of the singles.
In singles, Olivea Kelsey (6-3, 6-3, 6-1) and Anaid Parra (6-2, 7-6, 6-3) swept their sets. Natalia Arce won a pair 6-3, 6-1.
In doubles, Melyna Martinez and Mya Martinez won 6-4, 6-0, 6-1. Also sweeping to wins were Mariah Romero and Vanessa Bautista (6-1, 7-5, 6-2) and Kierstin Stowell and Selma Meza (6-3, 6-3, 6-2).
For Cathedral City, Shan Vo picked up the lone win in singles, 6-3.
Shadow Hills (2-1) visits La Quinta at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday. Cathedral City hosts Palm Desert on Thursday.
Xavier Prep 12, Indio 6: It was a real team win as all 18 girls on the team combined to lead the Saints past the Rajahs. Caroline Stack won twice (6-0, 6-1), as did the doubles teams of Sarah and Leah Dreisbach (6-3, 6-1) and Gillian Berg and Sophia Caridi (6-0, 6-0). Also, freshman Isabella Rojas added her first DVL singles win 7-5.
The Saints play at Palm Springs on Thursday.
Shadow Hills 3, Twentynine Palms 0: The Knights cruised to a non-league win over the Wildcats 25-7, 25-11, 25-23.
Anissa Hernandez had eight kills and seven aces, while Trinity Castaneda added 12 kills. Judy Figueroa set the table with 30 assists and Glden Hinchen had six kills and three aces.
The Knights are 2-0 and play home Thursday vs. Beaumont.
West Shores 3, Coachella Valley 1: West Shores improved to 2-3 on the season with a 25-6, 15-25, 25-14, 25-17 win over the Arabs. Diana Campos had 15 kills, Cruzzanna Hernandez had 15 assists and Nayeli Rivera had nine service points.
For Coachella Valley, Iliana Corona had eight kills and 31 digs and Azalea Box added six kills. Paola Moya contributed 11 assists and four aces. The Arabs play at Indio on Thursday.
Palm Desert 207, Xavier Prep 217: The top two teams in the DVL faced off on the Palms Course at Marriott Desert Springs and the Aztecs pulled out a tight one.
Madison Walker paced the Aztecs with a 38, followed closely by Lily Rodriguez (39), Madison Rincon (41), Dana Condon (42) and Madison Vance (47).
Xavier Prep’s Vera Markevich was the match medalist with a 37, and she was followed closely by Elle Otten with a 38 as the Saints fired a season-best round. Eden Monica and Julia Crockett both shot 46 and Zoe Walker added a 50.
Xavier Prep 12, Cajon 4: The Xavier Prep boys’ water polo won a non-league game using some stifling defense. Sophomore goalie Justin Wickstrand had eight saves.
Indio at Brookside: The Rajahs took 16th in the sweepstakes race, a field that included 29 state-ranked teams.
The event took place at the golf course right outside the Rose Bowl. Leading the way for the Rajahs with Luis Barrera with a time of 15 minutes, 20 seconds, good for 23rd-place overall.
Andres Mejia was next for Indio (55th, 15:52), and he was followed by Jullian Dorantes-Lara (58th, 15:54), Aaron Perez (102nd at 16:16) and Victor Urbina (151st, 16:42).
The Indio girls’ team was led by Destiny Salazar in 20:39 for 59th place. Jax Tostado (87th, 21:57) and Candy Urbina (118th, 23:39) rounded out the Rajahs’ effort.
Saddleback College 31, COD 17: The Roadrunners got their season started with a road loss on Saturday, falling to Saddleback College, the No.7-ranked junior college team in the country.
Offensively the Roadrunners were led by De’Abrie Smith, a freshman quarterback from Palatka, Fla. He and Grambling State transfer Jamie King both played, rotating possessions. Coaches are expecting to name a permanent starter this week.
The Roadrunners will play in their home opener on Saturday, Sept. 10, against Los Angeles Valley. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.