Tuesday's Bay League girls tennis match against Mira Costa marked the first time Peninsula had its No. 1 and 2 singles players, and the results were what was expected.

"There's not a better one-two punch than Peninsula, and we've played the best," Mira Costa coach Joe Ciasulli said.

Junior Kimmi Hance and freshman Maddie Jessup each swept their three singles matches, helping Peninsula defeat Mira Costa 12-6 in a Bay League clash.

Playing in her first high school match, Jessup was admittedly excited.

"(Tuesday) was my first time meeting the team, and being able to play with them," Jessup said.

The freshman returned home Sunday after being overseas playing in ITF junior tournaments in Malaysia, China and Taiwan.

Jessup didn't underestimate her opponent, even if it was her first high school match. She posted victories of 6-0, 6-0, 6-0.

"Every match I play, I want to play my best," Jessup said. "Every opponent is tough, and I just want to go out and play my game."

Tuesday's match was Hance's fourth of the season, and she reveled in the chance to play alongside Jessup.

"I've known Maddie for a long time, and I was excited to play with her," Hance said. "It's a great opportunity for us to do really good (as a team). I'm happy I get to spend the next two years with her (at Peninsula)."

Hance earned wins of 6-1, 6-1, 6-0, and Peninsula's No. 3 singles player, Alicia Carmona, won her two singles matches. The Panthers (7-2, 2-0) singles lineup won 8 of 9 matches.

Like Jessup, Hance never underestimates an opponent, knowing anything can happen at any time on the court.

"I went in knowing I had to give it 100 percent," Hance said. "Having Maddie, everyone was more confident, but we all still had to give 100 percent."

Before the season, Ciasulli knew Peninsula would be a tough matchup for Mira Costa (15-2, 1-1). Tuesday, he saw how tough the Panthers were.

"Peninsula is a better team, and with a full team, they're really hard to beat," Ciasulli said. "We don't have enough players, so we have to be competitive."

Audrey Vo, the Mustangs No. 1 singles player, approached Ciasulli before the match with an idea: move her into doubles with Ella Davis.

"Audrey suggested the move. She said she had a better chance to take two of three matches," Ciasulli said. "(Vo and Davis) never played together before (Tuesday)."

Mira Costa's doubles teams won five of nine matches, with the Mustangs top doubles pairing of Kacey Feng and Syndey Vo sweeping their matches.

Tuesday's match did not damper Ciasulli's view of the season Mira Costa has had to this point.

"We've had a remarkable season, and we just have to move on to Thursday," Ciasulli said. "At this point, we're looking at CIF and hoping we get a good draw."

As of Monday, Peninsula was ranked No. 2 in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 poll, with Mira Costa ranked No. 3. Thursday, Peninsula will travel to face the No. 4-ranked team, Palos Verdes.

Hoeger knows that match will be a tough one—PV could forge a three-way tie atop the league with a victory.

"PV has the best depth, and they have really good doubles," Hoeger said. "We're playing with newfound confidence, but can we be at our best psychologically and emotionally?"

Peninsula lost both matches against PV in 2018.
 

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