Lady Eagles, Granite Bay reach D-II tennis finalsBy: Staff Report
It will be a pair familiar foes lining up against each other Thursday in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II tennis finals at Broadstone Racquet Club in Fresno.
And if the first two meetings between Del Oro and Granite Bay were any indication, expect another close battle between the Sierra Foothill League opponents.
“We know each other well,” said Del Oro coach Jen Isaac about the Lady Eagles and Grizzlies. “We won two close matches against them this season but there were several matches that could have gone either way. It will be close.”
In Tuesday’s CIF semifinal round, Del Oro wasn’t hard-pressed in a 9-0 blanking of Vista del Lago. Granite Bay, meanwhile, the No. 3 seed, easily turned back No. 2 seed Rio Americano, 8-1.
For Del Oro, No. 1 singles player Ali Isaac set the tone for the afternoon with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Vista’s Sofia Smith. Also notching top-of-the-ladder wins for the Lady Eagles were Emma Dobson (6-4, 6-1) and Abby Edwards (7-5, 6-1).
Sophia Fusano, meanwhile, checked in with a win at No. 4 as she topped Vista’s Alex Elmhurst, 6-1, 6-1, while Jacy Tooker defeated Sydnee Tan, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2.
In doubles action, Del Oro’s three teams of Elaina Hanson and Madi Parry, Ava Mosher and Kylie Lunders and Makayla McIntosh and Amanda Jacobs also prevailed.
In Division I playoff action, Rocklin defeated Davis, 7-2, to reach the finals against St. Francis, a 7-2 winner over Oak Ridge.
Placer's run ended by Central Catholic
The Lady Hillmen tennis team had its playoff run come to a halt Tuesday in Modesto as second-seeded Central Catholic took eight of the nine matches to advance to the Division IV finals.
“We have had a great year,” said Placer head coach Randy Havens. “Tied for second in league and making it to the section semifinals. Two doubles teams advancing to the individual section playoffs. Our two seniors winning the first ever (Foothill Valley League) doubles title. But most of all, every player on the team improved immensely. I am very proud of them.”
Junior Talia Heath picked up Placer's lone victory, scoring a 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 win out of the No. 4 position.
Placer senior Cayenne Gularte and junior Cassandra Rhoades were named to the All-Foothill Valley League team.