Oak Ridge tennis team falls in semis

By: Matt Long
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Oak Ridge High’s tennis team saw its season come to an end in the Sac-Joaquin Section semi-finals following a 6-3 loss to Granite Bay on May 17. Oak Ridge managed to win three singles matches, but that was it. Tanner Schmutte and Brandon Sutter won at the top of the ladder at No. 1 and 2 singles, respectively. Schmutte defeated Brad Wong, 6-2, 6-1, while Sutter got by Kyle Pawlak, 6-0, 6-0. Jimmy Giovannini, playing at No. 5 singles, picked up the only other win for Oak Ridge, as he defeated Blake Hunter, 6-3, 6-4. “It was just one of those days,” Oak Ridge coach Pat Ryan said. “Rio went on to beat Granite Bay to win the section title and we had beaten Rio the previous week. Granite Bay had their best day and we didn’t. There were so many close matches. We won the first sets at No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles and lost those matches and lost close matches at No. 3 and No. 6 singles and at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. A couple points here and there in any of those matches and we could have won.” Andrew Hall dropped a three-set match at No. 4 singles, 2-6, 6-4, 6-0, as did the No. 2 doubles team of Jake Hasse and Joe Carson, 3-6, 6-3, 6-0. The other four losses came in straight sets, but Oak Ridge was competitive in all four. Austin Hall lost 6-4, 6-4 at No. 3 singles, while Alex Charn dropped a 7-6, 6-4 decision at No. 6 singles. In doubles play, Nic Atkinson and Jonathan Kim lost 7-5, 6-4 at No. 1, while Tom Barton and Simon Kim lost 6-3, 7-5 at No. 3 doubles. “Give credit to Granite Bay for stepping up and playing the way they did,” Ryan said. “They deserved to win. It’s unfortunate for us because I think we could have had success against Rio Americano had we reached the final.”