Rocklin’s tennis run ends in third round of playoffs

Davis too tough
By: Amanda Calzada/Placer Herald
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After getting two  8-1 victories in the first two rounds of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs, the Rocklin tennis team  fell 2-7 to Davis High in the quarterfinals of Division I last week.

“I played my hardest. I tried to be more consistent,” said the Thunder’s No. 1 player Shelby Kubota after falling 0-6, 0-6 against Davis. Rocklin had two singles players missing from the lineup.

Rocklin’s No. 4 singles player Farrell Ahlf was unable to compete due to illness and Lexi Yates, the No. 5 singles player, was sidelined with an injury.

“I really wanted to play in playoffs,” said Yates, who won both her earlier matches 6-0, 6-0.

The No. 1 doubles pair of Christina Dyok and Rachel Kim celebrated a 6-4, 7-6 victory and the No. 3 doubles team of Alyssa Mattchen and Jannah Fusenig also won 3-6, 6-2, 6-0.

Rocklin raced into the first round of Division I playoffs carrying an 8-2 Sierra Foothill League campaign to face Tokay.           

Kubota led Rocklin with a 6-0, 6-1 victory at the top spot against Tokay, while the doubles yielded five games in three matches.

Rocklin head coach Dale Eckenburg said his club needed strong play from his doubles unit in order to make a deep run in the playoffs.

After the Thunder’s 8-1 victory against Tokay, they advanced to face Turlock. The Bulldogs were No. 1 in the Central California Conference.

Again, Rocklin took away an 8-1 victory, although Eckenburg said Turlock was considerably better than Tokay.

Junior Sangeetha Ramamurthy stepped in for an injured Lexi  Yates and earned  a 6-3, 6-1 victory in that match.

"Sangeetha has done a great job all year staying positive and keeping her game in good shape waiting for her opportunity,” said Eckenburg.

Rocklin finished second in the SFL behind 10-0 Granite Bay.