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Doubles player Fenton Merkell eyes the ball for a forehand during the season’s first match against the Santa Clara Saints on March 1 at Malibu High School. Photos by Alex Vejar/22nd Century Media
Junior singles player Henry Catanzaro watches the ball before a forehand during Malibu’s first match of the season.
Alex Vejar, Assistant Editor
4:47 pm PST March 7, 2016

When the Malibu High School boys tennis team showed up on March 1 for its first match of the preseason, the players were wearing their practice gear. The Santa Clara Saints, on the other hand, sported their tennis uniforms.

Sophomore singles player Cohen Bennett said the Sharks were unaware they were playing a match. Coach Todd Montgomery wasn’t present to lead the team because he was actually picking up Malibu’s tennis uniforms, and also was unaware the team had to play.