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Oak Ridge unbeaten in first six league matches

By: Staff Report
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Oak Ridge improved to 6-0 in the Delta River League with a 7-2 win over Pleasant Grove on Thursday. Despite losing seven-of-nine opening sets, the Lady Trojans’ talent took over in the second set, as they turned the tables and won seven-of-nine second sets. The Lady Trojans ended up winning five of the seven singles matches and all three doubles matches. Rachael Librach rebounded from a 7-6 loss in the first set to win the next two, 6-1, 6-4. After losing the first sets, Teja Chalamcherla, Miranda Miller and Megan McMillen all rebounded to win the next two to take their respective matches. Chalamcherla won her last two sets 6-3, 6-0, while Miller won 6-3, 6-2 and McMillen posted 6-2, 6-4 wins. Emily Abraham and Sydney Newman (7-6, 5-7, 6-3) Heather Dunham and Ashlee Gonzales (6-3, 6-2) and Lauren Roppolo and Megan Engle (4-6, 6-0, 10-8) also won their doubles matches. “We lost the first set in seven of the nine matches, but managed to turn around six of them,” Oak Ridge coach Ralph Clark said. “Our team looked pretty flat. With St Francis and our first opportunity at a league title in Division I on Tuesday (yesterday), it’s hard to feel good about our performance. We need to improve everyday to make a run in the playoffs, which are only a few weeks away.” Oak Ridge opened the week on Oct. 2 with a 9-0 win over Ponderosa, winning even without top player Tori Trylovich, among others. Librach slid into the No. 1 singles slot and took care of business against Ashley Tank, winning 6-3, 1-6, 10-8. McMillen played at No. 5 singles and won a similar type of match, defeating Daphne Green 6-1, 4-6, 10-8. Abraham came out on top in a competitive match at No. 6 singles, 6-4, 7-5. Chalamcherla (6-0, 6-0) and Hannah Crookham (6-2, 6-1) won at No. 2 and 3 singles, respectively, while senior Gabby Zeagler won at No. 4 singles, 6-4, 6-1. Oak Ridge had a fairly easy time of it in doubles play. Dunham and Gonzales won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles. Sydney Newman and Engle came away with a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 2, while Sami Newman and Tara Ghalabor won 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3. “This match finished the first half of the regular season and we’re in first place with a 5-0 record,” Clark said. “A young Ponderosa team allowed rest for some of the normal starters and playing time for younger girls on the squad.” Oak Ridge’s next match is at home against Folsom on Friday. Game time is 3:45 p.m.