"Against a team this good, you have to play at a high level."
Despite not showing their best effort, the Rebels were leading, 9-8, with the final doubles match yet to be decided. Then, with the two teams tied at 65, Christina Cing and Kate Paulsen of Chadwick (6-1, 3-0 in league) walked out with a clutch 6-3 set and match victory.
The Rebels (7-1, 0-1) dominated singles, as Kira Lee and Jenise Vargas won in straight sets over opponents Montana Morgan, Natalie Shuck and Sydney Chav. Vargas only gave up two games in her three sets, while Lee gave up three.
Freshman Roya Guessari defeated Chav, 6-4, but dropped her other two sets. Catano, however, said Guessari was one of the few bright spots.
Chadwick's No. 1 doubles team of Madison Webster and Ally Melidee swept their opponents 6-4, 6-0, 6-1. As a squad, Chadwick dropped two sets in doubles play.
"It could have gone either way," Chadwick Coach Carolyn Leach said. "We just happened to get those couple games that gave us the win."
"We didn't concentrate enough," said Catano, who said he expects a different outcome next time around. "We just have to play better."
Catano also said injuries caused him to switch up his doubles teams at the last minute, something he hopes to avoid as the season progresses, most importantly on the road against Chadwick.