Girls Tennis: West moves up in Division I tennis playoffs
by Bob Brownne
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West High tennis playoffs
West High’s Emma Bell fires her return across the net at her Modesto opponent as she plays in the No. 1 singles position in their playoff match on Monday, Oct. 29.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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West High’s girls’ tennis team moved on to the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs with a 5-4 win over visiting Modesto on Monday, Oct. 29.

The Wolf Pack (18-3, 8-2 Tri-City Athletic League) prevailed in the home match after West’s top three singles players — seniors Emma Bell, Regina Pacheco and Jessica Diaz — won their matches in straight sets. No. 6 player, senior Chloe Pounds, and the No. 3 doubles team of seniors Rachel Vindiola and Abby Sevilla also won their matches.

The doubles match was a close contest as Vindiola and Sevilla beat Modesto’s Lauren Ng and Taylor Zhiou, 7-5, 6-3.

“It was hard, definitely,” Sevilla said. “Without my partner Rachel it would have been impossible. It was the team work that got us the win.”

The second round of playoffs on Tuesday, Oct. 30, is in Fairfield against Armijo High, champion of the Monticello Empire League, at 2 p.m.

Vindiola said Monday that a key win in playoffs means a lot to her after she made the varsity team for the first time this year.

“I always aspired to be where we are today so I’m happy,” she said.

Sevilla added that it builds enthusiasm as West prepares for the second round.

“I think as a team we got pumped up because we wanted to win and go to the next round,” Sevilla said.

Diaz added that the team was upbeat during Monday’s match, just like during the regular season.

“We’re a really close team. We all cheer for each other and support each other all the way through,” she said. “I hope we just keep playing the way we always play.”

West cruised through its singles wins as Bell beat Noelle Souza 6-0, 6-1, Pacheco beat Jenna Rose Lee, 6-0, 6-0; Diaz beat Paloma Vizcaino, 6-1, 6-3; and Pounds beat Maia Skowron, 6-4, 6-0.

Modesto won two singles matches in straight sets and two close doubles matches. Jeanah Kim beat Maliyah Shavers 6-2, 6-4, and Yunah Kim beat Allie Bettencourt 6-1, 6-1. Modesto’s Victoria Kyauka and Marie Droual beat Ashley Phillips and Julie Schobey 6-4, 7-6 (12-10), and Caroline Lee and Micaela Albano-Bosio beat Coleen Andrada and Kristen Steed 3-6, 6-2, 10-7.

Del Oro 8, Tracy 1

The girls’ tennis team from Del Oro High knocked Tracy out of the SJS Division I playoffs.

Del Oro, the third-place team from the Sierra Foothill League, won five of six singles matches and all three doubles matches in straight sets Monday, Oct. 29, at Tracy High in the first round of playoffs.

Tracy’s only win was in the No. 3 singles. Senior Cassidy Dolstra made a second-set comeback and won a third set to beat Del Oro’s Kylee Webb 2-6, 7-5, 6-2.

Del Oro won the rest of the singles matches as Abby Bacharach beat Chiara Adamo 6-4, 6-1, Camilla Ahlquist beat Aubrey Boehm 6-4, 6-2, Macey Bailey beat Camille McDaniel 7-5, 6-4, Emma Berry beat Maisy Green 6-4, 6-2, and Ashley Brening beat Marissa Anderson 6-2, 6-3.

In the doubles, Del Oro’s Elena Hansen and Grace Berry beat Keara O’Brien and Sarah Kellogg 6-4, 6-2, Tara McNabb and Belle Champlin beat Gianna Violante and Katrina Broughton 6-1, 6-2, and Sarah Silva and Emily Friesen beat Lindsey Ewen and Kaitlin Mizuno 7-5, 6-1.

Tracy’s team (10-5, 7-3 San Joaquin Athletic Association) finished its league season in second place behind Lodi, and is sending two doubles teams, Adamo and Boehm, and Dolstra and McDaniel, to the SJS Division I individual tournament on Thursday, Nov. 1, and Friday, Nov. 2, in Roseville.

Valley Oak League tournament

Kimball High’s girls tennis team finished its season just short of section-level competition. Kimball’s doubles team of sophomores Kylie Moxley and Viel Salgarino got as far as the semifinals in the Valley Oak League championship tournament on Thursday, Oct. 25, at Kimball High, but were denied a chance to move on to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II tournament on Thursday, Nov. 1, in Roseville.

Moxley and Salgarino won their first round match against Lathrop 8-2 and their second-round match against Sonora 8-2. The went on to beat Oakdale’s Kalkidan Curtis and Katie Odom 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinal. Sierra’s Naomi Nunis and Anna Cardenas won the semifinal match 6-0, 6-1, and finished in second place.

Kimball seniors Krishna Sankara and Andrea Candalla had a bye for the first round, beat East Union 8-0 in the second round to make it to the quarterfinals. Manteca’s Wendy Lin and Noha Elabed won the quarterfinal match 6-0, 6-2, and went on to win the tournament championship match against Sierra’s Nunis and Cardenas. Also competing were Kimball’s Jessica Agcanas and Julie To, who were eliminated with a loss in the first round.

• Contact Bob Brownne at 830-4227 or brownne@tracypress.com.
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