Oak Ridge is top-seed from Delta River League; Trylovich wins league singles tourneyBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
The luck of a coin toss has given Oak Ridge High's tennis team a big advantage heading into the start of the Division I team playoffs next week.
As rain washed out Monday's match between the Lady Trojans and St. Francis, it was decided that the flip of a coin would decide which team gets the No. 1 seed from the league. Oak Ridge won the toss and in doing so, earns a first-round bye and home matches at Broadstone Racquet Club all the way through the semi-finals. Oak Ridge opens the playoffs at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Broadstone against the Downey/Lincoln of Stockton winner.
"Being the number-one seed from our league is a huge advantage," Oak Ridge coach Ralph Clark said. "We get a bye and play at home up to the section finals. I'd be really disappointed to not make it to the semi-finals. If we get there we have a good chance to see Rocklin or Davis, whom we lost to 5-4 in the playoffs last year."
Oak Ridge participated in the Delta River League singles tournament on Tuesday and Tori Trylovich, the team's top player, won the No. 1 singles tournament with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 win over St. Francis' Jessica Josiah. Trylovich advances to next week's Sac-Joaquin Section singles tournament.
Teammate Teja Chalmcherla won the No. 3 singles title, beating St. Francis' Avery Spector, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.
Hannah Crookham, playing at No. 4 singles and Gabby Zeagler at No. 6, both reached the finals before losing to opponents from St. Francis. Crookham lost to Kendall Spector 6-1, 7-6, while Zeagler fell to Perneet Powar 6-2, 6-3.