The fall girls tennis season is in full swing for both Oak Ridge and Ponderosa who opened league play this week.
Coming on late, the Lady Trojans, coached by Ralph Clark, ended their preseason with a 9-0 win over Granite Bay and now set their sights on St. Francis in what could be a race to the wire. The two met yesterday in a Delta River League opener at the Natomas Racquet Club — with the Troubadours prevailing 2-7 — in a battle of last year’s top two teams while the Lady Bruins opened with a 7-2 win at Sheldon.
Oak Ridge returns its No. 1 singles player, Tori Trylovich, along with Julia Dunnigan and Julia Lund to form a solid top-three of the ladder. Lauren Roppolo and Rachel Librach make the jump from doubles play to fill slots 4-5 while freshman Teja Chalamcherla holds down the final singles spot.
In doubles, freshman Hannah Crookham joins seasoned veteran Alexa Hill at No. 1. Other doubles players include sophomore Miranda Miller, freshman Meghan Schoener, Gabby Zeagler and Tia Nguyen.
Against St. Francis, Trylovich turned in a 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 victory. The Trojans other point came from Librach’s 6-2, 6-3 win.
Over at Ponderosa, the Bruins lost five of its top six singles players from a year ago to graduation. In returning just 13 of 23 from last season’s roster, Ponderosa coach Don Eddy feels inexperience will be a factor in trying to compete with the Delta River League’s top teams.
“We are about even with Sheldon and may have a chance against Folsom and Pleasant Grove. Oak Ridge and Saint Francis are too strong and will battle for the top spot. We will be lucky to win one match against them,” Eddy said. “Division 1 is a lot tougher competition and almost all of our girls have never played tennis before trying out for the team. The main thing is they are really enjoying playing tennis and are getting better every day.”
Against the Huskies, Ponderosa won four-of-six singles matches with Autumn Roberti (No. 1), Susan Parkyn (No. 3), Syndney Morrow (No. 4) and Tiffany Prather (No. 5) all registering victories.
The Bruins swept doubles. Brenna Lustan-Katy Wright (No.1), Paige Bergin-Liz Halfman (No. 2) and Korinn Trinies-Marissa Peterson (No. 3) all won with the first two matches taking three sets to complete.
Ponderosa will play its home matches at the Millennium SportsClub while Oak Ridge’s home court is the Broadstone Racquet Club.
Ponderosa 7, Sheldon 2
Singles (PHS first): Roberti def. Nguyen, 6-2, 6-3; Amanda Templeton def. by Ho, 2-6, 0-6; Parkyn def. Tan, 6-7 (3-7), 6-1, 6-4; Morrow def. Williams, 6-3, 6-4; Prather def. Vo, 6-2, 6-7 (2-7), 6-1; Kaitlyn Friesen def. by Ngo, 2-6, 1-6.
Doubles (PHS first): Lustan-Wright def. Liang-Nguyen, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1; Bergin-Halfman def. Sedwick-Nguyen, 0-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5); Trinies-Peterson def. Young-Vasquez, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.
Oak Ridge 2, St. Francis 7
Singles (OR first): Trylovich def. Josiah, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2; Dunnigan def. by Yassear, 2-6, 2-6; Lund def. by Sompayrac, 1-6, 1-6; Ropollo def. by Schmitgen, 0-6, 0-6; Librach def. Spector, 6-2, 6-3; Chalamcherla def. by Sandoval, 2-6, 1-6.
Doubles (OR first): Hill-Crokkham def. by Randle-Enos, 5-7, 1-6; T. Nguyen-Zeagler def. by Kropf-Sadler, 1-6, 0-6; Schoener-Miller def. by Fat-Kenne, 6-7, 2-6.