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Oak Ridge tennis defeats Pleasant Grove, 7-2

By: Matt Long
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Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls’ tennis team won its fourth straight Delta River League match on Monday, defeating Pleasant Grove 7-2. That marked the second straight 7-2 win for the girls, who defeated rival Ponderosa by the same score on Sept. 29. Despite losing the No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches, the Lady Trojans rolled to victory by sweeping the rest of the matches, starting with a three-set win at No. 3 singles by Victoria Waugh. Waugh lost the first set 6-4, but won the next two, 6-2, 6-1 to get the Trojans on the right track. Julia Lund (6-1, 6-0) and Kaitlin Corell (6-0, 6-2) won easily at No. 4 and No. 6 singles, respectively, while Julia Dunnigan at No. 5, after losing the first set 7-6 (7-3), won the next two relatively easily, 6-0, 6-3 and Oak Ridge led 4-2. Lauren Roppolo and Alexis Hill came away with a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 1 singles and Tia Nguyen and Gabby Zeagler (6-1, 7-6) and Rachael Librach and Morgan Dial (6-1, 6-0) followed with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles, respectively. In the win over Ponderosa, Oak Ridge coach Ralph Clark rested some players and got a few others in the lineup in the 7-2 win. “After our first four league matches, all 21 of our players have seen starting time,” Clark said. “I’m always happy when our team is strong enough that I can invest playing time in the younger girls. It will serve them well later in the season, as well as later in their tennis careers.” Even though the league season is only half over, Clark is already looking ahead to the playoffs. “The next several weeks of practice will be geared to preparing for the playoffs,” Clark said. “The younger players are going to see a lot of playing time, as the starters are going to get pushed in practice and in their remaining matches. I’ll be doing my best to create playoff conditions and they’ll have to play well to win their individual spots.”