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Senior Erika Yoon stars at No. 1 singles for Camarillo.
Erika Yoon donned a CIFSouthern Section girls’ tennis championship visor during her singles match against Calabasas High on Wednesday.

Camarillo’s No. 1 singles standout, Yoon wears the visor to stay focused on her goal: return to the playoffs in singles and doubles.

Before the postseason arrives in late October, Yoon, a senior, and the Scorpions have unfinished business with Pacific View League rival Rio Mesa.

“We’ve always had a hard time against Rio Mesa,” said senior Shelby Tolley.

“We’re supposed to be the dominating team this year, so hopefully we win.”

The Scorpions’ depth could catapult them over Rio Mesa.

The Spartans have dominated the Pacific View in recent years.

In this week’s CIF-SS Division 3 coaches’ poll, Camarillo is No. 6 while RMHS looms close at No. 7.

Camarillo and Rio Mesa square off Tues., Sept. 25 at RMHS.

Yoon will battle the league’s reigning singles champ, super Spartan Audrey Mayer.

“We always go back and forth,” said Yoon, who lost once entering Thursday’s match against Channel Islands.

“I play my strongest against (Mayer).”

Not only is Yoon dedicated to tennis, she’s devoted to Invisible Children/Free the Children, a club she co-founded last year to raise money for impoverished countries.

Yoon, who has UCLA and UC San Diego at the top of her college wish list, advanced to the postseason last season with close friend Christina Choi.

Choi, the No. 2 singles junior standout, and Yoon met at a tennis clinic when they were 6 and 7 years old, respectively.

“It was a lot of fun making it to CIF with my best friend,” said Choi, a member of Invisible Children/ Free the Children. “I wish we can make it this year, too.”

Choi earned the No. 1 singles slot as a freshman.

Sara Downey, a sophomore, plays No. 3 singles.

Claudia Grafenstein, Camarillo’s seventh-year head coach, said she wants her seniors to graduate with a league championship.

“We always come in third or second place in the Pacific View League,” Grafenstein said.

“We haven’t been first in a while. This year, our seniors are working hard to beat Rio Mesa.”

Senior Britney Rossi and freshman Makayla Byerly form the top doubles tandem.

Senior Betty Stearns and junior Baily Rossi play No. 2 doubles.

Junior Makayla Eccles and Tolley, who are both 5-foot-10, tower over the competition at No. 3 doubles.

They were undefeated entering Thursday’s match.

Eccles, who plays basketball, jumped from junior varsity this season. She said she enjoys the tougher competition. Her favorite tennis player is Rafael Nadal.

Tolley possesses a strong serve.

Paul Wang, the father of junior singles player Karina Wang, is Tolley’s personal coach.

Tolley competes for the Camarillo girls’ swimming team. She said her goal this spring is to advance to section finals in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Junior Mina Pasaraba contributes at doubles.

Loesje Guizar and Lynne East are assistant coaches.

The Scorpions want to dethrone Rio Mesa—and make a deep playoff run.

“We got the right people together and we all know our strengths,” Tolley said.

“Our team is stacked.”

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