Oak Ridge tennis dominates Falcons, 8-1

By: Staff Report
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Oak Ridge High’s girls’ tennis team has an inside track to the Sierra Valley Conference title after handling Christian Brothers with ease on Thursday, 8-1. The Falcons were missing four senior starters, which surely made a difference on the final score, but Oak Ridge played well, winning three three-set matches on its way to the big win. “This was a huge win,” Oak Ridge coach Ralph Clark. “We’re starting to look like a team and starting to win more than our share of close individual matches. The teams that perform well in the playoffs find a way to win those three-set matches.” Proving she’s the player to beat in the league, Tori Trylovich defeated Ashley Turpen with ease, 6-3, 6-1, and Turpen, according to Clark, has been the league’s best player for two years running. “Tori’s on course to be the first freshman Most Valuable Player in the Sierra Valley Conference that I can remember,” Clark said. “There are few high school sports that find a freshman competing head-to-head against seniors.” At No. 2 singles, Sami Lee pulled out a three-set win, 7-6, 1-6, 7-5, as did teammate Grace Kim at No. 4 singles, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. “Sami had one of her best wins in her four-year career,” Clark said. “We’ll need this kind of performance from her to advance in postseason play. Her experience makes her uniquely qualified to lead the team when the playoffs arrive next month. “Grace overcame a slow start and finished strong. Grace possesses a huge forehand and has become clutch in winning close matches.” Julia Dunnigan was leading 3-0 in the first set at No. 5 singles before her opponent quit. At No. 6, Katrina Lund won easily, 6-0, 6-2. Victoria Waugh dropped a three-set match at No. 3 singles, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3. The top doubles team of Kaitlin Corell and Julia Lund won the third three-setter, coming out on top 6-2, 5-7, 6-3. Lauren Roppolo and Morgan Bakarich (6-2, 6-0) and Morgan Dial and Gabby Zeagler (6-0, 6-0) won easily at No. 2 and 3, doubles, respectively.