Local tennis teams eliminated in first round of playoffs
by Bob Brownne
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West loses playoff to Rodriguez
West High sophomore Hanna Nakahara playing in the No. 4 singles position, hits a return shot against a Rodriguez High player during the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs on Monday, Nov. 4. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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The West High tennis team finished its season with a 6-3 loss to Rodriguez High School of Fairfield in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I team playoffs Monday, Nov. 4.

The Wolf Pack placed second in the Tri-City Athletic League with an 8-2 league record, 12-4 overall.

Most of the team had no varsity experience before this season, and senior doubles player Rosa Borrayo said she and her teammates felt good about how the season went.

“We’ve definitely grown a lot,” Borrayo said. “We started off not very experienced and then competed in a really good league and ended up in the playoffs. We didn’t think we’d make it, but we made it this far.”

Coach Ben Tsukiji said the team quickly adapted to the competitive level of varsity tennis.

“I know they’re disappointed, but they should still feel like they accomplished a lot this season,” Tsukiji said.

All six singles matches on Monday were decided in straight sets as Rodriguez (10-5, Monticello Empire League) won four and West won two. West senior Russell Jorda beat Marisa Mark 6-4, 6-3, and West sophomore Hanna Nakahara beat Chloe Hwang 6-4, 6-3.

Rodriguez players won two of the doubles matches, and Borrayo and her doubles partner Abby Mendoza, a junior, won their match against Katie Ziser and Michaela Quillipo 6-4, 6-2.

The No. 1 doubles match was the closest of the three. Rodriguez’s Nicole Neal and Natalie Neal beat West freshman Zaria Ealy and junior Shaunna Gaynor-Flynn 7-5, 5-7, 10-7.

Ealy said it was one of the longest matches she played this year.

“They were a pretty good doubles team, but we played our hardest,” Ealy said. “That’s all we could do.”

West had wrapped up individual competition Thursday, Oct. 31, and Friday, Nov. 1, at the Tri-City Athletic League championships at In-Shape Sport Marina in Stockton.

During singles play Thursday, West senior Arianne Coleto won her first match 8-0 and lost 8-0 in the second round. Jorda was eliminated in an 8-1 first-round loss, and Alyssa Febre won her first match 8-3 and lost 8-0 in the second round.

Coleto and Febre competed as a doubles team Friday, taking an 8-2 win and an 8-3 loss. Jorda and senior Deanna Vongphachanh lost their first-round match 8-1, and Nakahara and Ealy won their first-round match 8-6 and lost 8-3 in the second round.

Franklin 6, Tracy 3

The Bulldogs were eliminated in the first round of the SJS Division I playoffs Monday at Franklin High School of Elk Grove.

Tracy (9-4, 7-3 San Joaquin Athletic Association) won three of the six singles matches. Freshman Melanie Markovic beat Kathleen Qin 6-4, 7-5, and senior Maisy Green beat Sharon Hsu 6-1, 6-3. Senior Taylor Hurlock beat Kajal Maran 6-7 (7-3), 6-4, 3-0, with the tiebreaker set cut short after the team match was decided in Franklin’s favor.

Franklin won all three doubles matches.

Three Tracy players will compete in the Sac-Joaquin Section individual tournament Thursday, Nov. 7, in Roseville. Markovic will participate in singles competition, and Green and junior Camille McDaniel will play as a doubles team.

Kennedy 7, Kimball 2

The Kimball Jaguars (10-5, 10-4 Valley Oak League) lost their first-round SJS Division II playoff match on Monday.

John F. Kennedy High School of Sacramento won five of the six singles matches and two of the three doubles matches, all in straight sets.

Kimball senior Alyonna Bangayan beat Kennedy’s Katrina Jiang 6-0, 3-6, 6-3, and the Kimball doubles team of Tarini Mudunuri, a freshman, and Angela Egbuchulam, a senior, beat Liz Fung and Nicci Fong 6-7, 7-6, 10-2.

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


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