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Potential all-SFL finals highlight tennis playoffs

Tennis Playoff Roundup
By: Nick Pecoraro
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GRANITE BAY– The third-seeded Granite Bay girls tennis team made quick work of Bear Creek Monday, winning eight of the nine matches, and then again versus St. Mary’s with the same result Wednesday.

The Grizzlies No. 1 doubles tandem of senior Kyla Miyashiro and freshman Sri Chandrasekaran have gone undefeated this season, said coach Linda Dickson.

Dickson said Miyashiro’s team-first attitude has gotten them to this point.

“(Miyashiro) is one of those ‘whatever you need, whatever you think is best’ kind of kids,” said Dickson. “She treats freshmen all the same. She’s a stud.”

Granite Bay will head to Rio Americano Tuesday in the semifinal matchup. The Grizzlies could see fellow Sierra Foothill League member Del Oro in the D-II finals.

Speaking of the top-seeded Golden Eagles, Del Oro swept through the ladder, winning 9-0 over the visiting Woodcreek Timberwolves Wednesday.

SFL MVP Ali Isaac and Emma Dobson rolled through the Nos. 1 and 2 positions without losing a game.

“The girls played hard, but Del Oro is a great team,” said Woodcreek coach Ken Jacobs.

Despite losing in the top two positions, Woodcreek rallied to defeat Stagg, 7-2, on Monday to advance to the Division II quarterfinals. The Timberwolves got wins from Kylie Schmidt, Laura Chain, Makenna Schmidt and Jori Jacobs in singles while the teams of Abbey Moore and Sophia Covello, Maduhlika Appajodu and Tyler Walter and Kate Peterson and Haleigh Rosson scored victories in doubles action.

Woodcreek could not take that momentum into Wednesday’s second round against Del Oro, who will host No. 4 Vista del Lago Tuesday in the D-II semifinals.

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The Rocklin Thunder rolled through the first two rounds as the D-I No. 2 seed with a 9-0 win over No. 15 Edison on Monday, followed by an 8-1 victory over No. 7 McClatchy Wednesday.

Against Edison, no Rocklin player surrendered more than three games in any single set.

The Thunder hosts No. 3 Davis in Tuesday’s semifinal match and could potentially face SFL opponent Oak Ridge in Thursday’s final. If that happens and the Del Oro-Granite Bay matchup lines up in D-II, it could be an all-SFL foursome in the Division I and II finals.

Elsewhere in Division II, in Monday’s 7-10 matchup, the Roseville girls tennis team defeated city rival Oakmont, 7-2, to advance to the quarterfinals, where they fell to the No. 2 Rio Americano Raiders, 8-1, Wednesday afternoon.

Monday, Roseville got wins from Nos. 1-4, Maya Tooker (6-3, 6-3), Madi King (6-1, 6-3), Sophia Appelbaum (6-2, 7-5) and Martina Arendain (6-0, 6-0).

Oakmont fought back at positions five and six with wins from Alyssa Desai, 5-7, 7-6, (7-6), and Valentina Moreno, 6-2, 6-2.

With strong efforts from duos Kaitlyn Ang and Taylor Diep, Gabby Supapo and Alyssa Stilwell and Jessica Fisher and Natalie Ang, the Tigers bit back with wins in all three doubles matches.

Ang and Diep picked up the lone win against Rio Americano, 6-2, 6-7, 1-0 (10-4), in the No. 1 doubles spot.