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Trylovich leads Lady Trojans

By: Matt Long
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Oak Ridge High’s tennis team has compiled a 13-4 record thanks, in part, to something the tennis program has had for years, which is depth. The Trojans often win matches against strong teams because they have solid players all the way through the third doubles tandem and beyond. This year, however, the Lady Trojans have one of the top players in the Sacramento area in Tori Trylovich, and the best part is, she’s only a freshman. Trylovich, 14, has won 11 of 13 matches this season and has had to face several seniors and top upperclassmen, who are three or four years older and more experienced than her, but it hasn’t made a difference. “Tori’s biggest strength, besides the fact that she can run around the court and hit the ball, is that she’s extremely mentally tough and doesn’t get caught up in the moment,” Oak Ridge coach Ralph Clark said. “She also plays her best when she needs to, opposed to some players who play well when it doesn’t mean anything and that’s a nice trait to have as a freshman.” Those intangibles aside, Trylovich predominately plays on the baseline, but is willing and very able to come to the net to finish off a point, according to Clark. “ I think that net play is my strength,” Trylovich said. “Also, I feel as though I’m smart on the court and can figure out what to do and where to go with the ball.” If the name Trylovich sounds familiar, it should. Her sister, Dee Dee, graduated from Oak Ridge in 2007. As a junior, she helped the team win the section title. Tori has already beaten the top players in the Sierra Valley Conference, including Ponderosa’s transfer student from Chile, Francisco Rojas, 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 and Christian Brothers’ Ashley Turpen, 6-3-, 6-1. Clark said Turpen has been the top player in the league the last two years. “I beat the girl from Ponderosa by being consistent and waiting for her to make mistakes, and I beat the Christian Brothers girl by moving her around and playing as aggressively as I could,” Trylovich said. Clark said Trylovich has a great shot for postseason success. “There are a lot of good players that could beat her, but Tori will do well,” Clark said. “She’s certainly the best player we’ve had as a freshman. As far as the team sections go, it’s very nice to have someone of Tori’s caliber playing at No. 1 for us. I’ll feel pretty confident that she can beat most of the players she will play.”