Trylovich claims Delta River League tennis title

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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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 playoffs.

As rain washed out the Oct. 22 match between the Lady Trojans and St. Francis, it was decided 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 opened 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. By winning Trylovich earned the league’s MVP award.

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.

In doubles play, Oak Ridge didn’t have any champions but still had some good performances.

Crookham and Rachael Librach and Chalmcherla and Zeagler both reached the semifinals of the super doubles bracket before losing. Crookham and Librach lost to the eventual championship team from St. Francis, 6-0, 6-2. Chalmcherla and Zeagler fell to the runner-up team from Pleasant Grove, 6-2, 6-2.

At No. 2 doubles, Ashlee Gonzales and Sydney Newman lost to St. Francis, 7-6, 6-2, and at No. 3 doubles, Megan Engle and Heather Dunham also lost to St. Francis, 6-1, 6-1.

Librach, Crookham, Zeagler and Chalmcherla joined Trylovich on the all-league team.

“As we look to the playoffs, our singles players have been consistent for the most part,” Clark said. “Doubles is a different story. I have had 17 girls start in the doubles lineups and probably twice that many combinations. We haven’t had consistent play and I’m still looking for some doubles magic.”