Sierra College women place second in state tennis final

Oakmont graduate Griffen combines for 31-2 record in singles, doubles
By: Staff Reports
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Lauren Griffen and the Sierra College women’s tennis team came up short in their bid to win the California Community Colleges Athletic Association state championship Wednesday.

Sierra, the No. 1 seed from Northern California, lost to Fullerton 5-4 in Oxnard. Sierra (13-1) has finished second in the state three years in a row. The Wolverines won the state title in 2007.

Griffen, a graduate of Oakmont High School, played No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles this season. She didn’t lose until the state final and finished with records of 13-1 in singles and 18-1 doubles.

Coach Steve Dunmore said Griffen had a great season.

“Lauren is an outstanding team player,” he said. “She’s always at practice. She works hard. I never have to worry about her, her work ethic or whether she’s going to be at practice on time.”

Sierra won its 12th consecutive conference championship and defeated No. 7 Foothill 5-0, No. 3 De Anza 5-1 and No. 2 Chabot 5-0 in the NorCal playoffs.

The Wolverines led 4-2 in the final, but Fullerton (18-3) came back to win the last three matches for its first state crown.




Lee second in AJGA event — Granite Bay High School senior Paige Lee placed second in the girls division of the AJGA Junior tournament at Diablo Grande Golf & Country Club in Patterson.

Lee shot a 2-over-par 73 in the first round and a 75 in the second round to finish at 6-over 148, eight strokes behind runaway winner Elizabeth Wang, 12, of San Marino.