ELK GROVE — Improvement and consistency paid dividends for Union Mine’s Chandler Bruttig who fell a win short of the Super Singles tennis title at last week’s two-day Division III Sierra Valley Conference championship tournament at the Laguna Creek Racquet Club.
As the Diamondbacks’ top girls singles player, Bruttig went 8-4 in league and entered as the tournament’s 5th seed. She won her first match 10-4 over Cosumnes Oaks’ Nicole Fontillas and defeated Liberty Ranch’s Cassie Gomez (4th seed) 10-3 before upending top-seed Jai London of River City 7-5, 2-6, 10-8 to reach the finals. London and Gomez were a combined 23-1 during league.
Despite a strong first set, Bruttig fell 4-6, 0-6 to 2nd-seed Taylor Gayla from Liberty Ranch in the title match. For her efforts, Bruttig will play in tomorrow’s individual section tournament at the Oak Park Tennis Courts in Stockton.
Union Mine’s mixed doubles teams Gabby Aveni-Kevin Reyes and Spencer McClain-Dylan Jocoy both reached the semifinals and came within a match of advancing. McClain-Jocoy won twice before falling 2-6, 2-6 to the top seed while Aveni-Reyes had a bye, win and loss to the eventual champs.
El Dorado was hopeful Savannah Barnhill could place at the top but that was derailed by Galya in the semifinals who won in three sets. Barnhill, who won her first two matches, skated past London for third place and an alternate spot for the section tourney.
Ian Gillihur dropped his first singles match but won out the rest of the way for a strong showing by the sophomore in the consolation bracket. The Cougars top boys and girls doubles teams: Marissa Bond-Amy Lautamo, Nick Price-Luke Keith also competed well but missed out on advancing.