FOLSOM — Triple-digit temperatures scorched the courts at Broadstone Racquet Club Wednesday evening as Oak Ridge High School’s girls tennis players took on Folsom.
As it turns out, the sun wasn’t the only thing making Folsom’s players sweat. Oak Ridge won the match 9-0.
“Folsom has a greatly improved team under new coach Rich Klingensmith,” Oak Ridge coach Ralph Clark said. “Turnover in the coaching position has hurt Folsom in recent years. It takes a while for a new coach to pull together a team and keep them playing in the off season. With a permanent head coach, Folsom will continue to improve and become a team to be reckoned with in the future.”
The teams played six singles matches and three doubles matches.
Oak Ridge Junior Tori Tryovich made quick work of opponent Karly Ko, a Folsom senior and tennis team co-captain. She convincingly won her match 6-0, 6-0.
On the next court over it was the battle of the co-captains. Oak Ridge senior Julia Dunnigan and Folsom’s Cecilia Chan had a more heated exchange, with long rallies and hard shots over the net. Dunnigan won the match 6-3, 6-4.
“I needed to stay patient; I know she plays patient,” Dunnigan said of her opponent. “I usually just want to smack (the ball).”
Troy’s Julia Lund also had good luck on the court against Folsom’s Janice Chan; she won 6-2, 6-1. Oak Ridge’s Lauren Roppolo beat Ayano Hayes, 6-2, 6-3, and her Trojan teammate Rachel Librach toppled Katie Crippen, 6-1, 6-2. Teja Chalamcherla rounded out Oak Ridge’s winning ways in singles matches with a victory over Alex Parapis, 6-1, 6-1.
Perhaps the most challenging match went Oak Ridge’s way thanks to the perseverance of doubles teammates Miranda Miller, a sophomore, and Meghan Schoener, a freshman, who won the first set 6-3 but lost the second, 6-7. The two girls faced the tough Folsom pair of Sonakshi Tyagi and Taylor Adams and just squeeked out the win in a 10-point, third-set tiebreaker. The girls fell precariously behind 6-9 in the tiebreaker but Schoener’s sharp eye and ability to find holes in her opponents’ defense, as well as Miller’s strong serves, put them back on top, winning 12-10.
Other doubles match winners were Hannah Crookham and Alexis Hill versus Folsom’s Angelica Chow and Sabrina Montecillo, 6-2, 6-2. Troy’s Gabby Zeagler and Tia Nguyen beat Abhi Tangellia and Jenny Yao, 6-1, 6-1.
The girls’ next match is Monday, Sept. 26, against Sheldon at the Broadstone Racquet Club.