Kimball’s 6-3 win over visiting Whitney High of Rocklin also reminded the Jaguars that post-season competition will get tougher.
Kimball’s No. 1 singles player, junior Logan Staggs said he had to work for every point to win 6-0, 6-1.
“He was definitely more consistent (than VOL opponents),” Staggs said. “He had a good forehand and was able to hit hard and hit the right shot.”
Kimball’s No. 2 singles player, freshman Garrett Chun, said the team’s advantage on Tuesday was knowing how to play in the wind, a persistent condition on their home court.
“It was extremely windy today so we had to play a little more conservatively,” Chun said. “I think the more consistent person will win.”
Chun won his match 6-0, 6-1, junior Mark Dalupan won 6-4, 6-0, and sophomore Nicholas Reilley won 6-0, 6-0, while freshman Ivan Acosta beat his opponent 6-1, 4-5, 7-5.
The doubles team of sophomores Blake Howerton and Kshitij Shah won their match 3-6, 6-3, 10-5.
Whitney won one singles match and two doubles matches, each in three sets.
Kimball hosts its quarterfinal match on Monday, May 6, against Rio Americano of Sacramento. After that Kimball will travel to either Bella Vista of Fair Oaks or Bethel of Vallejo for the Tuesday, May 7, semifinals.
Next up for Kimball is the Sac-Joaquin Section individual tournament, where Chun, the VOL singles champion, and the team of Reilly and Baye Kuumba, the VOL doubles runners-up, will compete.
Del Oro 7, Tracy 2
Tracy High’s tennis team was eliminated from the SJS Division I playoffs on Monday, April 29, with a 7-2 loss at Del Oro in Loomis.
Tracy junior Derek Paris made a comeback after the first set to win his No. 2 singles match 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.
The No. 1 doubles team of juniors Jay Noda and Ajay Cheema also won in three, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.
The loss ends the Bulldogs’ season as Tracy players also finished short of the finals in the San Joaquin Athletic Association tournament Friday, April 26, at In-Shape sports club in Stockton.
Paris and senior Paul Gleason were eliminated in the semifinals of the doubles competition with a 6-2, 6-1 loss to Lincoln. The doubles team of juniors Noda and Andrew Canlas lost their first match and then won three in a row, including the consolation final.
Turlock 5, West 4
West was eliminated from the SJS Division I playoffs with a loss to visiting Turlock on Tuesday, April 30.
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