Trylovich inks tennis deal with Sac State
Tori Trylovich, Oak Ridge High’s No. 1 player on the girls singles ladder the past four years, signed a Letter of Intent to continue her career as a member of the California State University, Sacramento, tennis program.
The Trojan recently completed her final season after leading Oak Ridge into the section semifinals.
At first, Trylovich didn’t intend on wearing Hornet colors. Rather, she imagined a Christian college as her next stop.
“Actually, I wasn’t even thinking Sac State (as a place to go to college) but after the coach contacted me and offered me a scholarship, I started considering it more,” Trylovich said. “And after visiting the other colleges (on my list) I decided I liked Sac State (the best).”
Azuza Pacific, Point Loma, Vanguard and San Diego University topped her list. Her requirements were a college with a good team, a place she’d have fun and a setting she’d fit in. The Sac State deal she took kicks in after a red-shirt freshman year.
“By the time Tori got to high school she was a very accomplished player. She’d been playing at a high level for many years and was on her way to playing in college,” Oak Ridge coach Ralph Clark said. “I’m happy she had the opportunity to experience playing for her high school and the camaraderie of being in a team environment. She’s a great example on and off the court of a lot of hard work mixed with talent. Tori has been a great captain and leader on the team. I’m sure her work ethic will pay big benefits when she starts her college career.”
Trylovich’s departure from the Trojan fold closes a chapter that saw her and sister Danitza each hold down the No. 1 singles spot at Oak Ridge. While injuries derailed Danzita from reaching her full potential, Tori has remained healthy.
Danitza was Tori’s inspiration to pick up tennis beginning at the age of 4, Lots of lessons and four years later, Tori did well at the Little Mo National Tournament and obtained a rank of 7th in the nation. Bigger tournaments — the USTA circuit — followed.
“Moving up I stuck with my age group but my goal was always to be ranked No. 1,” Tori said. “As I got older the competition was tougher so I shot for top 10 (ranking).”
Currently, she’s ranked 13th in Northern California. Her highest rank was No. 3 at 16s.
Tori’s style: come to the net, move opponents around and play smart contrasts with Danitza’s baseline, strong serve/groundstrokes and power game. Both racked up numerous Trojan wins with Danitza a factor in Troy’s only girls tennis section championship in 2006.
Like Danitza, Tori’s Oak Ridge teams qualified for the postseason each year. Though Tori won the majority of her matches, the Trojans’ strength and depth gave Clark the option to hold her out against weaker teams and opponents.
Among Tori’s prep highlights was qualifying for the Individual Section Tournament each year she played. This year Trylovich was situated to win it all before a setback in the quarters after taking the opening set 6-0.
“The first set was one of the best I’ve played — all my shots were working — but in the second my opponent made less mistakes and I made more. I was trying to work through my inconsistency and hoping it’d go well in the third but I couldn’t get it back,” Tori said.
As a Hornet she’ll have plenty of time to get it back and continue the path that so far has been highly successful for the Trojan senior.