For seven straight years, since Coach Trent Warren took over the program at Murrieta Valley, the Nighthawks have been undefeated in league play, claiming the reigns every year since then as the Southwestern League Champions. Though it’s still early in the season, the league title still remains a focus, but their undefeated league streak has come to an end, as most streaks do. A hungry Temecula Valley Golden Bears team, who have now become a thorn in the Nighthawks side, rallied on their home courts to beat the defending champs, 10-8, during their October 6 league match.
Lindsey Gelinas of Temecula Valley swept the #1 singles match 6-0, 6-3, 7-6(7-1), but the overall deciding factors in the win would come down to two Golden Bears doubles teams sweeping their sets. Marissa Lamonte and Kayla Gelinas won 7-6(9-7), 6-0 and 6-3, while Hope Salts and Nicola Colica won all three with a score of 6-4.
Murrieta Valley, who have been in the CIF-SS Division 2 Championship game for the past two years, finishing second to Valencia in 2014, fell off the charts from their No. 5 spot last week, but in the latest CIF-SS Division 2 Polls, that were release on Monday, October 5, the Nighthawks were ranked 9th. Temecula Valley and Vista Murrieta, who were both in the top ten last week, were not ranked this week, but the Golden Bears should see a rise after taking out Murrieta Valley.
The race to the league championship continues this week as Temecula Valley is away at Vista Murrieta on October 8, while Murrieta Valley will play Murrieta Mesa next Tuesday, October 13. Match times are set for 3:15 p.m.