Sierra College women place second in state tennis final
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.