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Folsom tennis coach looking forward to next season

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Folsom High’s tennis team didn’t make the playoffs, but the young Bulldogs should be in better position next season.

Folsom finished league play with a 5-7 record and in fifth place. The top-four teams in the league (Granite Bay, Oak Ridge, Rocklin and Del Oro) make the playoffs, but Folsom finished one game behind Del Oro.

“We defeated Del Oro once, and they defeated us when we were missing two players,” Folsom coach Rich Klingensmith said. “We are the youngest team in our league with no seniors. All of our players will be returning, and we will have a new talent of freshmen to join them. We didn’t make the playoffs this year, but we had more fun, and we definitely grew more as a team.”

In the Sac-Joaquin Section singles championships held May 2 and 3 at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club in Roseville, Folsom’s Sean Barstow made it all the way to the finals before losing to top-seeded Coby McCaig of Modesto High.

Barstow opened up with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Tyler Shih of Tracy. Shih, ironically, is Barstow’s doubles partner in USTA tournaments. Barstow then handled Jesuit’s Zach Prince, 6-3, 6-1 before dominating the tournament’s second-seed Daniel Mateescu of Napa, 6-2, 6-2.

In the finals, Barstow lost to McCaig, 6-2, 6-4.

“Sean had quite a season,” Klingensmith said. “Playing number-one for us, he defeated every number-one player from every school in our league and all three of Granite Bay’s top players and went on to win the league singles title. Sean represented Folsom well at sections playing fantastic tennis.”