Del Oro netters nip Granite Bay for Section supremacyBy: Mike Ray
FOLSOM– Coming into the 2018 girls tennis season, the Del Oro Lady Eagles came up with the term “Full Force” as the team quote that the squad wanted to use as a motivational tool this year.
Through thick and thin this season, the Lady Eagles could lean back, even in the toughest of times, on that team quote for an extra edge.
Thursday at Broadstone Racquet Club, playing against Sierra Foothill League rival Granite Bay for the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship, the Lady Eagles used that catchy team motto as the foundation for a thrilling 5-4 win to give the Black and Gold its first section championship since 2013.
“The girls really used that Full Force motto for a lot of motivation,” said Del Oro coach Jen Isaac. “What it really means is putting in the extra practice. Trying harder for every point and every ball and really supporting each other. The team did that this season.”
For Del Oro, it’s strength in its singles ladder helped buoy the Lady Eagles’ win, but the victory was a complete team effort.
In a pivotal No. 4 singles match, Del Oro’s Sophia Fusano came from a set down to fashion a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 win over Granite Bay’s Shreya Iyer to give the Lady Eagles their clinching point.
“Sophia’s win was just huge,” said Jen Isaac. “She came back from being down to win it in three.”
The Lady Eagles started off the title match in booming fashion as No. 1 singles player Ali Isaac disposed of the Grizzlies’ Hailey Montgomery, 6-2, 6-2, and at No. 2, Emma Dobson topped Sasha Potter, 6-0, 6-3.
In the No. 3 singles match, Del Oro kept the pressure on the Grizzlies with Abby Edwards turning back Paloma Garcia, 7-6 (7-5), 5-1.
But Granite Bay picked up some momentum as Shri Chandrasekaran and Kyla Miyashiro downed Del Oro’s Madi Parry and Elaina Hanson in the No. 1 doubles match, 6-4, 6-3, and at No. 2 doubles, Bianca Welch and Ashley Finn teamed to down Lady Eagles Sasha Simmons and Jiana Domingo, 6-1, 3-6, 7-5.
In the meantime, Granite Bay came through in singles play for a win at No. 5 as Ashley Ryder topped Jacy Tooker, 6-3, 6-4, and at No. 6 where Sage Smith defeated Ariana Brockman in a close battle, 7-5, 7-5.
But in another match that proved crucial, Del Oro’s No. 2 doubles duo of Ava Mosher and Kylie Lunders combined efforts for a 6-2, 6-2 verdict over Granite Bay’s Grace Murphy-Cook and Kriti Vaudevan.
“It was a real team effort today,” said Jen Issac. “I’m so proud of how all the girls played.”
Del Oro ends its season with a record of 18-5.