Oak Ridge tennis upsets St. Francis, 6-3

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Coming off a huge win over St. Francis, Oak Ridge High’s tennis team is rolling right along and feeling good about itself. The Trojans disposed of Folsom 8-1 on Sept. 25 and then beat Sheldon two days later, 7-2, but it was the 6-3 win over the Troubadours on Sept. 20 that still resonates with the team. “Last year St. Francis wasn’t as deep as previous years and I had heard that they weren’t as strong this year so I tried to prepare our girls to win,” Oak Ridge coach Ralph Clark said. “The last two year’s they’ve beat us 8-1 or 7-2. It was a huge win over a five-time sectional champ. We had a strong performance from all the girls. As is usually the case, the winning team found a way to win the close matches.” Three matches went to a third set and Oak Ridge won all three. Rachael Librach and Teja Chalmcherla won three-set matches at No. 2 and 3 singles, respectively. Both girls dropped the second set after winning the first and both took care of business in the third game. Librach won her match 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, while Chalmcherla won 6-4, 6-7, 6-4. At No. 2 doubles, Sophie Geyer and Ashlee Gonzales won the third game convincingly to earn a 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 victory. At No. 1 singles, Tori Trylovich got the team rolling with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Jessica Josiah, last year’s league champ and Most Valuable Player, while Miranda Miller picked up a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 5 singles. Emily Abraham and Heather Dunham also earned a win at No. 1 doubles, 6-4, 6-3. While the team was happy to win the match, they know there is more work to be done. “We will face some tougher teams in the playoffs and will have to continue to make improvements to do well there,” Clark said. Oak Ridge travels to Pleasant Grove on Thursday before a rematch with the Troubadours on Tuesday at Broadstone.