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Folsom tennis falls to Rocklin, playoffs in jeopardy

By: Matt Long of The Telegraph
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A 9-0 loss to Rocklin has Folsom High’s tennis team in danger of missing the postseason.

The Bulldogs currently sit in sixth place, four games out of fourth. Even if Folsom won their remaining five matches to finish at 6-6 in league, they would need some help to qualify.

Folsom coach Rich Klingensmith urged his girls to keep working.

“We need to continue to train harder,” Klingensmith said. “Every practice I will continue to push all players, especially the top-14. We need to play more aggressive and smarter in order to beat Granite Bay, Oak Ridge and Del Oro. When we played each of the top-four teams in the first half, we were leading in each of the team matches, and ended up with lopsided losses. When we’re playing tough; winning sets, and taking games to deuce – it comes down to aggressive, smart playing on those key points. Let’s go and play to win. Train with your opponent in your eyes. Smart, aggressive, consistent and controlled play – use variety.”

It was no contest against Rocklin on Tuesday. Folsom only took one match to three sets, as Melody Gao at No. 2 singles won the first set easily, 6-1, but then lost the next two decisively, 6-0, 6-0. In singles, the next closest match came at No. 4 where Diya Nambiar lost 6-3, 6-2.

In doubles, Esha Thota and Sayuri Alwis narrowly lost the first set 7-6 (2), but then lost their mojo and the second set, 6-1.