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Folsom tennis team has busy weeks ahead

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Folsom High’s tennis team is going to have a couple of busy weeks.

With all the rain this spring, the team has had several matches postponed. The Bulldogs have four matches in each of the next two weeks, as the postseason begins at the end of the month. Will the Bulldogs be participating? Folsom coach Rich Klingensmith implored his team, “The top-four teams in our league advance to section playoffs, which begin April 30. Let’s be one of them.”

In a match on Tuesday, the Bulldogs defeated Nevada Union, 5-4, but it wasn’t an awe-inspiring effort, as Nevada Union won four of the seven matches played. Two defaults by the Miners gave the Bulldogs a 5-4 win.

“We should not have lost any of those matches, and we only won the match because of the two defaults,” Klingensmith said. “We’re better than that. We’ve got to play smart and tough from beginning to end.”

Folsom, playing without its top player Sean Barstow, managed to win three singles matches. Andrew Tseng and Diego Rodriguez did their jobs at the top of the ladder, as Tseng won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1, while Rodriguez fought hard for a win at No. 2, 7-5, 6-4. Pranay Jha also won his singles match at No. 5, 6-2, 7-6 (4).

Chandu Kathi dropped a three-set match at No. 3 singles, while Kobish Balakrishnan and Prath Jonnalagadda lost a competitive match at No. 1 doubles, 6-4, 7-6 (6).

“We need to play to win from the beginning and not let up until we win,” Klingensmith said.