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Tennis: Lady Trojans silence Bears

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From page A9 | November 08, 2013 |

FOLSOM — Nine wins — six singles matches and three doubles — led to a sweep Tuesday for the Oak Ridge High girls tennis team in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs.

The Lady Trojans, winners of the Delta River League title, knocked off the visiting Merced Bears, 9-0, at the Broadstone Racquet Club.

The win sends Oak Ridge into the quarterfinals against St. Mary’s, the Tri-City Athletic League champions, on Monday back at Broadstone. Troy had a first-round bye before seeing the Bears.

“They all played solid,” said Oak Ridge coach Ralph Clark of his squad. “We have four freshmen in the lineup.”

One freshman, Madeline Almeida, tops Troy’s ladder. She and Rachel Librach (No. 2), Teja Chalamcherla (3), Hannah Crookham (4), Miranda Miller (5) and Kassidy Lyons (6) each won in straight sets as did the Oak Ridge doubles teams Haesoo Kim-Jessica Williams (1), Emily Abraham-Ashlee Gonzales (2) and Kelly McMillen-Cheljea Jang (3).

McMillen-Jang, two other freshman, knocked off the Bears’ Julia McLeod and Alexa Luna, 7-6, 6-1. The duo relied on communication and volleys on to their victory.

“We’re both communicating,” McMillen said, with Jang adding, “We’re both trading spots.”

Clark added, “They took charge in the second set (after tie-breaker in first set).”

Kim, a senior, and Williams, a junior needed only 30 minutes to dismantle Merced’s Jill Tiu and Ashton Espino, 6-0, 6-1. Although an easy win, Kim and Williams felt their opponents were competitive.

“I think that they were a really great team,” Williams said.

Kim played solid at the net, with Williams serving and communicating during their match.

“My volleys aren’t that great, hers are awesome,” said Williams of Kim’s play. Kim added, “I usually say ‘you got it’ or ‘I got it.’”

Now the level of competition (quarterfinals, St. Marys) becomes tougher for the Trojans if they want to win the section’s blue banner.
“We last played them in the same round of the playoffs in 2010,” said Clark, whose team lost 7-2. “Hopefully, everyone is ready to play and we will get some crowd support on the holiday.”
Kim added, “Just keep practicing and getting better.”

Oak Ridge 9, Merced 0
Singles (OR first):
 Madeline Almeida def. Isabel Serafin, 6-1, 6-2; Rachel Librach over Jaymee Ill Illescas, 6-0, 6-4; Teja Chalamcherla def. Nastassja Magilba, 6-0, 6-2; Hannah Crookham def. Lisa Mao, 6-3, 6-2; Miranda Miller def. Dianne Eltagunde, 6-1, 6-1; Kassidy Lyons def. Rebekah Latronica, 6-0, 6-1.
Doubles (OR first): Haesoo Kim/Jessica Wiliams def. Jill Tiu/Ashton Espino, 6-0, 6-1; Emily Abraham/Ashlee Gonzales def. Maria Hammett/Carly Perryman, 6-2, 6-2; Kelly McMillen/Cheljea Jang def. Julia McLeod/Alexa Lua, 7-6, 6-1.

Contact Mike Bush at 530-344-5079 or mbush@mtdemocrat.net. Follow @MBushMtDemo on Twitter. 

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