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Folsom tennis places third at Nor-Cal tourney

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Folsom High’s tennis team opened its season with a third-place finish at the Nor Cal Tennis Tournament.

The Lady Bulldogs won two of three matches, defeating Rocklin, losing to St. Francis and then defeating Whitney.

In a 6-3 victory over Sierra Foothill League rival Rocklin on Friday, Folsom won three singles matches and then swept doubles to take the match. Annamaria Crone (6-3, 6-2), Diya Nambiar (6-3, 2-6, 10-3) and Esha Thota (7-5, 6-3) won singles matches. In doubles, Ava Brown and Soulana Glass (6-2, 2-6, 11-9), Disha Nambiar and Neha Chandra (6-2, 6-1) and Ashley Booth and Faith Cyphert (6-2, 6-1) accounted for the three wins.

“Everyone played well and everyone had a tough match,” Folsom coach Rich Klingensmith said. “We had great wins in singles, and can you say ‘doubles domination?’ Everyone played their role, and it got us a good win.”

Folsom then lost to the eventual tournament champion, St. Francis, 6-2 on Saturday. Folsom’s two wins came at No. 4 singles, as Melody Gao won her match 6-4, 6-2. and at No. 3 doubles, as Booth and Cyphert were victorious, 7-5, 2-6 (10-8).

“We should stand tall after playing a tough toe-to-toe battle with the best team in the section,” Klingensmith said. “We didn’t just have respectable play, but outstanding play from everyone. We won two matches, and almost won three or four others.”

Folsom then earned a solid 5-3 win over Whitney to place third. Folsom won four of the five singles matches, as Ava Brown (6-1, 6-0), Gao (6-1, 6-0), Crone (6-0, 6-2) and Anna Hagiwara (6-1, 6-1) were victorious at No. 2 through No. 5 singles. At No. 3 doubles, Thota and Cyphert won 6-3, 6-1.

“Singles domination and a solid doubles win grabbed us third place,” Klingensmith said. “Great playing by everyone. We had a great start to our season, and we can’t slow down. We have to take advantage of every day we train, condition, match play and scrimmage.”