FOLSOM — The Oak Ridge girls tennis team advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals after Monday’s 5-4 win over Armijo at the Broadstone Racquet Club but it wasn’t easy.
After the Trojans cruised to singles wins behind No. 1 Tori Trylovich and No. 3 Teja Chalamcherla in the daylight, the stubborn Monticello Empire League champs pushed the hosts under the lights before Troy’s No. 1 doubles Lauren Roppolo-Heather Dunham recorded the deciding team point, setting up yesterday’s rematch with Davis which defeated Rocklin 8-1.
“That was closer than expected … I can’t say we played up to our potential,” Oak Ridge coach Ralph Clark said. “But that was all part of my master plan — to make Davis overconfident.”
Had Roppolo-Dunham not prevailed 6-2, 2-6, 6-3, the Trojans chances rested with Gabby Zeagler (No. 5 singles) who battled a stomach ailment — and the Indians’ Linn Nguyen — in a tough match that was tied through the first two sets 6-4, 5-7. With victory secured, Roppolo retired to rest up for Davis.
“All our doubles team won the first set but lost the second. Fortunately we got the one win (Roppolo-Dunham) because I wouldn’t have wanted to rely on a player that wasn’t feeling well,” Clark said.
Roppolo’s return at the net for the winner created an outburst from teammates and parents cheering her and Dunham on — knowing Oak Ridge would live another day.
“What a relief — that was long and a real grind,” Roppolo-Dunham said. “They were pretty good at the net while our serves were consistent.”
Trylovich made quick work of her opponent, overpowering the Indians’ No. 1 in all facets for her easiest and least challenging postseason win.
“My serves were doing well today and also my net play and volleys. If I had to pick two it’d be volleys and serves,” said Trylovich, a captain, who had yesterday’s match in her thoughts. “Davis will be tough, we had mixed success against them. I lost to the same girl I’ll see again (tomorrow).”
Chalamcherla made it 2-0 with her 6-0, 6-1 win before play ground to a halt as Armijo dug in, relied on some spin on its serves and pressed in its remaining matches.
“My serves were strong, I stayed consistent and waited for the right ball to hit winners on,” Chalamcherla said. “She got it (the ball) back but had nothing on it.”
Oak Ridge had two other singles wins. Rachel Librach (No. 2) coasted in the first set 6-0 but needed a tiebreaker to grab the second — winning on a lob went out.
At No. 4, Miranda Miller controlled her first set 6-2 before fighting off Ariana Restua in the second, 7-5.
Armijo won at No. 6 singles and 2 and 3 doubles.
Oak Ridge 5, Armijo 4
Singles (OR first): Tori Trylovich def. Lenora Quionez 6-0, 6-0; Rachel Librach def. Michelle Nguyen 6-0, 7-6; Teja Chalamcherla def. Kathleen Bohoist 6-0, 6-1; Miranda Miller def. Ariana Restua 6-2, 7-5; Gabby Zeagler def. by Linn Nguyen 6-4, 5-7, retired; Megan McMillen def. by Mercedes Uson 6-7, 3-6.
Doubles (OR first): Lauren Roppolo-Heather Dunham def. Jhayneal Forteleza-Jaimi Garlington 6-2, 2-6, 6-3; Ashlee Gonzales-Jessica Williams def. by Tiffani Mestas-Jasmine Yaser 6-3, 3-6, 2-6; Sydney Newman-Megan Engle def. by Desteny Blueford-Stephanie Weber 6-1, 3-6, 3-6.