Folsom tennis tops Whitney, 5-4

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Despite defaulting two matches, Folsom High’s tennis team won five of seven matches to defeat Whitney, 5-4, on Tuesday.

Spanish exchange student Lucia Pulgar picked up the win of the match at No. 6 singles, a match won in the third set that secured the win for the Bulldogs. Pulgar won the first set of the match 6-3, before falling in the second, 7-5. Pulgar was leading the two-hour long match 5-2 in the third set before an injury to her opponent ended the match.

“Lucia hit a high lob to the back corner and her opponent ran back, tripped, rolled her ankle and had to retire,” Folsom coach Rick Klingensmith said. “We got our second win in the toughest league in Northern California because of our conditioning, training and hard work. You could see the difference between Lucia and her opponent in their energy level and physical appearance.”

All of Folsom’s wins came in singles, as the No. 1 doubles team of Ashley Booth and Faith Cyphert played tough but lost 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Annamaria Crone (6-1,6-0), Ava Brown (6-2, 6-1) and Anna Hagiwara (6-3, 6-1) took care of business rather easily, while Soulana Glass at No. 4 singles pulled out a tough 6-3, 6-4 win to help the team to a win.

“We had excellent singles play and wins from Triple A (Annamaria, Ava and Anna) and a clutch win from Soulana, giving us a 4-4 team tie and setting it up for Lucia’s finale,” Klingensmith said.

Folsom travels to Granite Bay Thursday to play the Grizzlies.