Rocklin takes out St. Francis in section championship
At 9-1 in Sierra Foothill League play, Rocklin High girls tennis captured the team crown. The Thunder entered the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Playoffs as the No. 2 seed and wound up in the championship match against No. 1 St. Francis Thursday.
After the Troubadours eliminated both Armijo and Oak Ridge by the same 7-2 count, that score came back to haunt them in the title match.
By the time No. 5 singles rolled around, St. Francis was down 4-0. At No. 1, Canela Luna won 7-5, 6-1, Bailey Greenwell earned a hard-fought 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 1-0 (10-5) victory at No. 2, No. 3 went to Roxana Shahi 6-2, 6-3 and the No. 4 singles match was won by Medha Danamudi 7-5, 0-6, 1-0 (10-5).
The Troubadours came back to take No. 5 singles but junior Rebecca Jensen cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 triumph at No. 6.
St. Francis claimed No. 1 doubles, but No. 2 and No. 3 belonged to Rocklin.
Emily Dezzani and Anna Johnson went 6-2, 6-2 for the win, and Ally Maranta and Anabelle Tombo turned in a 6-0, 6-4 performance to seal the championship for the Thunder, 7-2.
Rocklin now enters the USTA NorCal Regional Tournament to be held at the Broadstone Racquet Club in Folsom Nov. 13 and 16-17.
Path to Victory
After defeating 15th seed Edison 9-0, the Thunder advanced to round two and played host to No. 7 seed McClatchy. The Storm surrendered just one match to the Lions and advanced to the semifinals, where they defeated Davis Sr. 7-2 Tuesday.
Following are the results of the match against the Blue Devils.
No. 1 – Luna won 6-0, 6-0.
No. 2 – Greenwell won 6-2, 6-4.
No. 3 – Shahi won 6-2, 6-0.
No. 4 – Dandamudi won 6-0, 6-0
No. 5 – Sam Illustrisimo won 6-0, 6-1.
No. 6 – Jensen won 6-0, 6-2.
No. 2 – Johnson and Dezzani won 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).
Davis Sr. won matches No. 1 and No. 3.
Rocklin 8, McClatchy 1
No. 1 – Luna won 6-1, 6-4.
No. 2 – Greenwell won 6-1, 6-3.
No. 3 – Dandamudi won 6-3, 6-0.
No. 4 – Illustrisimo won 6-1, 6-1.
No. 5 – Jensen won 6-2, 6-2.
McClatchy won the No. 6 match.
No. 1 – Emelyn Dixon and Yuki Xia won 6-1, 6-3.
No. 2 – Dezzani and Johnson won 6-2, 6-2.
No. 3 – Maranta and Tombo won 6-1, 6-1.
Greenwell won her first singles title, defeating Whitney’s McKenna Macias 6-2, 3-6, 10-7.
Bailey made the finals by winning her first match 6-0, 6-0, only to be pitted against Oak Ridge’s Daria Acri in round two. The two battled valiantly before the Rocklin senior got the upper hand.
"Bailey has really upped her game this year." Thunder head coach Dale Eckenburg said. "Her diversity in her game is allowing her to change the height and spin of the ball; similar to a baseball pitcher who has the fastball, but now has the slider, changeup and a nasty curve ball."
Using those techniques, Bailey defeated Acri 7-5, 6-4.
The Wildcats’ Macias beat Sasha Porter of Granite Bay and Clara Hill-Gaston of Oak Ridge to make the finals against Bailey.
In the championship, Bailey took the first set 6-2, but Macias came back to win set two, 6-3. That turned the third into a 10-point showdown, where Bailey regrouped and claimed the title 10-7.
No. 1 Luna and No. 3 Shahi made it to the title match, where Luna was hoping to win her third league title. However, it was not to be, as the pair lost in the finals.
Bailey, Luna and Shahi all made it to sections, Bailey in singles and Luna and Shahi in doubles.
Bailey defeated Alisha Anwar of St. Francis 6-1, 6-4 in round one and earned a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory over McClatchy’s Daisy Lewis. However, Bailey was unable to get by Bear Creek’s Alexis Sam in the semifinals and finished third in sections.
Luna and Shahi finished as runners-up at sections, dropping a 7-5, 6-1 decision to Del Oro’s Ali Isaac and Emma Dobson.
To reach the finals, Luna and Shahi eliminated Stagg’s team 6-0, 6-1 and advanced to defeat River City’s duo 6-3, 6-2 in round two. The Thunder pair then took out Gregori’s Liah Kim and Lauren Martin 6-3, 6-1 in the semifinals to advance.