Rocklin High tennis gains momentum

Young squad climbs ladder
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Battling the rain and some of Division I’s finest tennis teams, the Rocklin High club shook off a couple of early losses and worked up to No. 2 in the Sierra Foothill League Standings.

With only five seniors on a roster of 20, Thunder head coach Dale Eckenburg has gotten solid play from his underclassmen to sit at 7-5 and 5-3 in league. Rocklin avenged a loss to Del Oro April 3, but lost to the No. 1 Grizzlies in Granite Bay Monday.

Seniors Freddy Reiber and Jack Russo eschewed singles and chose doubles to better serve the Rocklin team. The Storm’s doubles teams swept the Golden Eagles for a 7-2 victory.

“This is third year these guys have sacrificed for the team and anchored our doubles lineup,” said Eckenburg. “Both Freddy and Jack earned singles spots, but leaders know what’s best for the team and have excelled in doubles.”

Cade Ulrich and Jordan Winter claimed No. 2 doubles and Alec Hammonds and Ronak Brar completed the sweep at No. 3.

In singles, junior Kian Shahi beat Del Oro’s Sam Frank 6-2, 3-6 and 6-3.

“Kian stepped into the top spot this year and has done a great job,” Eckenburg said. “He really has developed a plan for his matches and has come up with some big wins.”
Sophomore Darian Bojkovic got is fifth win of the campaign at No. 3 singles and freshmen singles Allen Karp and Hayden Earl also helped fuel the Thunder momentum.

Weather permitting, Rocklin was to host Folsom Tuesday and play at Nevada Union Thursday.