Mater Dei’s bid for a CIF-Southern Section Boys’ Tennis title fell just short May 10, when the Monarchs were defeated by San Juan Hills, 10-8, at Claremont Club.

As the first Catholic school from the Los Angeles Archdiocese or Orange Diocese to reach a CIF-SS final in boys’ tennis since J.Serra lost the D-3 final to Buckley in 2017, Mater Dei was seeking to become the first Catholic school champion since Santa Margarita won the D-2 title in 2015.

The Monarchs, second-seeded in D-3, ended the season 15-8.

Mike Nelson is the former editor of The Tidings (predecessor of Angelus News). 

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