Using their singles depth as a catalyst, Del Oro’s girls tennis team notched an important Sierra Foothill League victory Thursday afternoon.
Playing in El Dorado Hills, the Lady Eagles took five of the six singles matches on their way to a 6-3 victory over Oak Ridge in a matchup of last season’s top two SFL squads.
“It was a big victory for us,” said Del Oro coach Jen Isaac. “The girls played great.”
Back in her usual No. 1 singles position after being slowed by a recent shoulder injury, Del Oro’s Ali Isaac set the tone for the day by turning back Oak Ridge’s Devika Pantpratinidhi, 6-4, 6-4.
At No. 2, Del Oro’s Emma Dobson downed Oak Ridge’s Clara Hill-Gaston, 6-1, 6-2 while at No.3 was Abby Edwards being pushed by Oak Ridge’s Kapri Lyons before pulling out a 7-6, 0-6, 6-1 win.
Sophia Fusano fell in the No. 4 spot for Del Oro, but Jacy Tooker (6-1, 6-2) and Anna Brockman (3-6, 6-4, 6-2) pulled out key victories to lift the Black and Gold.
Del Oro closed out the win with the doubles team of Ava Mosher and Jena Howard scoring a 7-5, 6-4 No. 2 doubles position decision.
The team opened Sierra Foothill League play Tuesday with a 9-0 whitewashing of Whitney.
In a match played at Whitney, the Lady Eagles, despite playing without Issac, easily handled the Wildcats, who were playing their first SFL match in school history.
On the singles side, Del Oro picked up wins from Dobson (6-2, 5-1), Edwards (6-1, 6-1), Fusano (6-4, 6-1), Tooker (6-3, 6-2), Brockman (6-2, 6-0) and Jianna Domingo (6-3, 6-4).
In doubles play, the Lady Eagle duos of Maddie Parry and Elaina Hanson (6-2, 6-7, 10-7), Howard and Mosher (7-5, 6-2) and Hailey Gallamore and Kylie Lunders (6-2, 7-5) all notched wins.
In the recent Clovis Tournament, Del Oro’s girls defeated Redwood of Visalia, 4-2, and San Luis Obispo, 4-2 while tying Oakdale, 3-3. Del Oro fell to Faith Lutheran of Las Vegas, 4-2, and to Clovis, 5-1.
Eagles spikers bop Falcons
Del Oro’s girls volleyball team picked up a non-league victory on the road Tuesday at Colfax by taking down the Falcons, 25-20, 25-20, 25-17.
The Lady Eagles (7-5), who played well going 4-2 at last weekend’s Central California Classic in Clovis, received solid efforts from senior opposite Haley Davis and a pair of freshmen, outside hitter Gabbie Perez and setter Jordyn Casey.
For Colfax, which dropped its third match in a row and is 4-4 on the season, Jace Dean and Halle Neumann both had six kills apiece. Neumann also had 10 assists and four serving aces. Kayla Beebe racked up four blocks.
Bruins sweep Durham
Bear River’s girls volleyball team improved its season record to 8-4 with a three-game road sweep over Durham Tuesday night. Playing well against a perennial North Section Division IV power, the Bruins posted a 25-19, 25-13, 25-22 win over the Trojans.
Bear River will play Thursday night at Lincoln in a matchup of former Pioneer Valley League schools.
Colfax golfers shoot season-low
The Colfax High girls golf team shot its season-low score Tuesday in taking a no-contest Pioneer Valley League win over Lindhurst. Playing the Blazers at Plumas Lake Golf Club in Olivehurst, the Falcons shot a team score of 252.
“The scores are coming down,” said Colfax coach Gary Rooker. “It’s good to see the girls are improving.”
Colfax’s scoring was led by Jordan Rooker’s 41 and Amber Hult’s 50. Also scoring for the Falcons were Ashton Tenorio and Roxanne Reynolds with 52s and Annah Sutherland with a 56.