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Oak Ridge tennis team opens playoffs this week

By: Matt Long
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Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls’ tennis team will find out where they fit in at the Division I level starting this week. The Lady Trojans opened the playoffs at home yesterday against Merced, the second-seeded team from the Central California Conference. If they got by them (results unavailable as of press time), Oak Ridge would likely face St. Mary’s in the quarterfinals on Nov. 8. St. Francis, the team that beat the Trojans twice to win the Delta River League, looms on the other side of the bracket. “In all likelihood we’d play St. Mary’s in the second round and would have a reasonable chance against them,” Oak Ridge coach Ralph Clark said. “We’d probably play Davis in the semis. They beat us in a close match in preseason. I expect St. Francis to be in the final. If we can get to the final, I can make the case that we’re the best public school in the section.” In the Delta River League singles tournament, Oak Ridge’s Tori Trylovich qualified for the section singles tournament by placing second to Pleasant Grove’s Bridget Guennard. Katrina Lund won her first match in the super singles tournament before being eliminated by Jessica Josiah of St. Francis, 6-2, 6-2. That theme would continue with nearly every other Oak Ridge singles player and doubles teams. At No. 3 singles, Victoria Waugh made it to the finals before losing to Ashlyn Schmitgen of St. Francis, 1-6, 6-2, 6-0. Julia Dunnigan at No. 5 singles lost in the finals 6-1, 6-4, as did Kaitlin Corell at No. 6, 6-2, 6-4, both to St. Francis players. At No. 4 singles, Julia Lund was eliminated by Ayano Hayes of Folsom, 7-5, 6-3. In super doubles, Katrina and Julia Lund lost in the semi-finals to a St. Francis pair, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, while Waugh and Dunnigan lost to Pleasant Grove’s Beti Girma and Andie Mouzes, 6-4, 6-3 in the quarter-finals. The Lund sisters then lost to Girma and Mouzes 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 in a final chance to qualify for sections. All three doubles teams were eliminated by St. Francis tandems in the finals. Lauren Roppolo and Alexis Hill played at No. 1 doubles with Tia Nguyen and Gabby Zeagler at No. 2 and Morgan Dial and Rachael Librach at No. 3.