Close, but not enough for Folsom tennis team, lose 5-4 to Rocklin

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Folsom got it done at the top of the ladder, but four wins is not enough to win a high school tennis match.

Five is the magic number, and Rocklin won the final two singles matches and all three doubles matches to earn the 5-4 victory on Monday.

The Bulldogs dominated at the top of the ladder, as No. 1 Sean Barstow blanked his opponent 6-0, 6-0. Andrew Tseng and Diego Rodriguez, playing at No. 2 and 3, respectively, each won their matches 6-4, 6-1, while Chandu Kathi picked up a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 4 singles.

Of the remaining five matches, Folsom only had a chance in two of them. At No. 5 singles, Langston Vu won his first set 7-5, but then promptly dropped the second, 6-0, before losing the third after putting up a big fight, 6-4. At No. 2 doubles, Justin Chao and Kobish Balakrishnan were competitive, losing two close sets 7-5, 6-3.

“We’re very strong at the top of our lineup, but they can’t carry the team,” Folsom coach Rich Klingensmith said. “We were competitive in six of the nine matches. One more singles win or a doubles win would have given us the team win. Double players have to play the weaker opponent, watch the net man and put the ball away.

“Overall, it was good playing, and it gives us a better idea of what we need to work on – stronger/more consistent serves, smarter/more consistent groundstrokes, and out-in-front, put-away volleys.”