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Trojan tennis team gets by Granite Bay, 5-4, Del Oro comes to town Thursday

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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There might not be a more difficult way to start Sierra Foothill League tennis season than opening on the road at Granite Bay.

While playing the Grizzlies is no easy task, Oak Ridge made it exciting by pulling off a 5-4 victory over last year’s Division II section runner-up to fellow SFL powerhouse Rocklin. Four matches went to a third set with the Trojans winning two of them; two matches that were necessary for the team to win the match.

At No. 4 singles, Grace Hsueh split the first two sets before winning the third 6-3 to take the match. At No. 6, Bella Hsueh did the same, but had a much more challenging time closing out the match. Bella won the third set 7-6 (9-7) in a tiebreaker.

Oak Ridge also won at No. 1 and No. 3 singles in straight sets, as No. 1 Devika Pantpratinidhi earned a 6-3, 6-0 win, while Kapri Lyons earned a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 3.

The Trojans’ fifth win came at No. 2 doubles, where Nikki Spies and Mikayla Myers earned a 6-2, 6-4 win.

“This match was a war,” Oak Ridge coach Ralph Clark said. “We had four, three-setters. We had championship points against us and the Lady Trojans got it done. When you see wins scattered throughout the lineup, you know every match was close.”

Things don’t get any easier for Oak Ridge on Thursday. Coming to Broadstone will be another SFL rival in Del Oro, last year’s Division I runner-up to St. Francis. The rivalry between the two schools is so fierce that officials are brought in to oversee the matches.

“The SFL is the super league of the section,” Clark said. “Our league has produced four of the last five Division I section champs and both finalist in Division II last year. Although officials are a rarity at high school matches, Del Oro and us have found they help us complete the match without issue.”