first_imgPalos Verdes coach Danny Moscovici had Alex Scotten and Charlotte Newell playing together for the first time. It probably won’t be the last. Scotten and Newell, positioned at No. 2 doubles, swept their sets, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4, leading Palos Verdes to a 9-9 (76-71) Bay League victory Tuesday at Mira Costa. Palos Verdes was ahead, 8-7, in the last round when Scotten and Newell handed Mira Costa’s No. 1 doubles team of Natasha Bothwell and Krystal Langley its only loss of the afternoon, 6-4. Scotten and Langley’s triumph clinched the win for Palos Verdes (5-2, 1-0), because it was too far ahead in games for Mira Costa (9-2, 1-1) to catch up. “It was really exciting because we had never played in a match together,” Scotten said. Moscovici, tying different doubles combinations in practice, said Scotten and Newell stood out. GIRLS TENNIS: Sea Kings win crucial Bay match at Mira Costa. By Dave Thorpe STAFF WRITER In a match that featured star-studded singles sets and Bay League title implications, it was a shake-up in doubles pairings that was the biggest factor in the outcome. “They were the one team that had been playing well together in practice,” Moscovici said. It didn’t take long for the duo to click on the court. “We had good communication and meshed well together,” Newell said. Palos Verdes took five of nine doubles sets, and had the edge in doubles games, 44-39, which proved to be the difference. “We took the majority of doubles sets, and that was the goal going in,” Moscovici said. Mira Costa’s freshman phenom, Nicole Gibbs, swept her singles sets, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5. Palos Verdes’ Kathryn Webb gave her the best set, a 7-5 loss in the third round. Gibbs countered strong Webb backhands with drop shots and big returns of serve. Webb and Brooke Schweyer each won two of three singles sets for Palos Verdes. Mira Costa coach Joe Ciasulli said getting Palos Verdes at home with Gibbs on hand would be Mira Costa’s best opportunity to beat the Sea Kings and stay in contention for a league title. “They took our best shot and beat us,” Ciasulli said. “That may have been the Bay League title right there.” Ciasulli put singles player Langley into doubles to strengthen that area. Langley and Bothwell won two sets before dropping the third against Scotten and Newell. “It was the right move,” Ciasulli said. “I was surprised they lost that last doubles set.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more