Oak Ridge tennis eliminated by Davis, 5-4

By: Staff Report
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Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls’ tennis team saw its season come to an end on Monday, as the Lady Trojans dropped a heartbreaker to Davis in the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Tournament, 5-4. After losing to Davis 9-0 earlier in the season, the Lady Trojans showed how much they’ve improved since the loss, nearly pulling the upset. How close was it? Five of the nine matches went to three sets with Oak Ridge winning three of them, but it was Davis that picked up the fifth win needed to secure the match. Julia Lund, playing at No. 3 singles, lost the first set against Caron Miller, 6-2, but came back to win the next two, 6-4, 6-3. Oak Ridge also won two, three-set doubles matches. Teja Chalamcherla and Miranda Miller, playing at No. 1 doubles, and Alexis Hill and Gabby Zeagler at No. 2, both lost the first set, 6-3, 6-0, respectively. Chalamcherla and Miller came back to win the next two sets, 6-2, 6-2, as did Hill and Zeagler, 6-3, 6-1. The only other Oak Ridge winner was Lauren Roppolo, who won a hard-fought match at No. 5 singles over Kailynn Yang, 6-4, 7-5. In singles play, Tori Trylovich and No. 1 and Hannah Crookham at No. 6 lost three-set matches. After losing the first set 6-4 to Ines Guinard, Trylovich rebounded with an easy 6-1 win in the second set. However, she couldn’t keep the momentum, as she dropped the third set 6-2. Crookham also lost the first set to Ceci Cajandig, 6-2, before winning the second 7-5. Though she gave it all she had, Crookham fell in the third set, 6-4. Julia Dunnigan at No. 2 and Rachel Librach at No. 4 both lost in straight sets, Dunnigan losing 6-2, 6-1 and Librach falling 7-6, 6-1. The No. 3 doubles team of Tia Nguyen and Meghan Schoener also lost in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1. Oak Ridge showed a lot of heart in the loss. After losing eight first sets – Roppolo was the only Trojan to win – Oak Ridge rebounded to win six second sets to pull themselves back in the match. “It doesn’t get much closer than that,” Oak Ridge coach Ralph Clark said. “It just goes to prove how small the difference between winning and losing can be sometimes. The girls came to play today and as a coach that’s all you can ask.”