The 2021 St. Augustine Varsity Tennis team completed one of its most successful seasons, winning the CIF Division 1 Team Championship for the first time in the school’s history. The COVID pandemic resulted in a new coed format in which Saints paired with the Pilots from Our Lady of Peace Academy. The combined squad ranked #9 in the county-wide UTR system among 90 high schools in the San Diego CIF section.
In the CIF team competition, Saints/OLP defeated Steele Canyon, Coronado, Cathedral Catholic, and San Dieguito Academy to win the Division 1 title. The team defeated San Dieguito in a very close final, 9-8. In addition to this CIF team championship, the Saints/OLP squad won Western League titles in Boys Singles and Boys Doubles. Senior Noah Zamora defeated fellow Saintsman, Mario Garcia, a freshman in a close three set match in the finals. Junior Julio Salazar teamed with freshman Luke Abrom to win the Boys Doubles title in the Western League tournament by defeating fellow Saintsmen Casey Bayless, a sophomore and freshman Kyle Clifton. The Saints/OLD tandem of junior Gabriel Casta and senior Jolie Morgan of OLP lost in the finals of the Mixed Doubles to a team from La Jolla High School.
The 2021 season concluded with the Individual Championships in which players from all 90 county schools vied for the covet CIF Individual titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. Noah Zamora won the singles CIF crown with a very convincing victory over his opponent from the Bishops School. Freshman Mario Garcia reached the semifinals of the singles competition and Gabriel Casta and Jolie Morgan reached the semifinals of the mixed doubles.
Several Saints players reached League and CIF honors. Noah Zamora was named All CIF First Team in singles and CIF Player of the Year recognition. Noah Zamora and Mario Garcia were named to All Western League First Team in singles. Julio Garcia and Luke Abrom earned All Western League First Team honors in doubles. And Gabriel Casta and Jolie Morgan earned All Western League First Team in Mixed Doubles.
The 2022 season is equally promising with the returning lettermen Mario Garcia, Sebastian Careaga, Gabriel Casta, Tommy Gilcrest, Julio Salazar, and Luke Abrom. Incoming freshmen Alex Gujardo and Javier Guillot will add additional strength to the team.
St. Augustine High School Tennis
St. Augustine High School has a rich tradition of conducting a competitive tennis program that has produced local, regional, national, and international tennis champions over the last seventy-five years. The Saints program is committed to nurturing the development of ranked tournament-level players as well as beginning and novice players who progress steadily over a four-year period.
Saintsmen have won numerous local, Southern California, and national championships. Chief among them are Franklin Johnson, Carlos Carriedo, and Walter Redondo. Johnson in the 1950s won the national boys doubles and later became an All-American at UCLA and president of the United States Tennis Association. Carriedo, Saints Class of 1965, won national boys hardcourt titles and was a finalist in doubles at the National Boys Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Redondo, a 1976 Saints alumnus, won many national singles and doubles titles, including the National Boys 16 Championships and represented the United States at the Junior Wimbledon Championships. These individuals have been inducted into the St. Augustine School Athletic Hall of Fame.
For more information contact head coach Ruben Carriedo.