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Thunder preparing for SFL play in girls tennis

By: Staff report
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If the varsity girls tennis team at Rocklin High wasn’t ready for the heat, they had to adjust quickly as the girls played six matches in the last two weeks to get a head-start on the competition. With Rocklin’s Heather Davidson playing selective matches, seniors Rachel Leung and Nathalie Dumm have moved up to provide solid leadership. These three seniors have combined to open the season 12-1 and Rocklin coach Dale Eckenburg says this trio “will compete with the local powers of the (Sierra Foothill League).” With injuries to senior Amanda Bruns and sophomore Jamie Nakagawa, juniors Melinda Marion and Jessey Clarke and freshman Stefanie Studen have been given the chance to solidify their position among the top-6. “Melinda and Jessey started last November at Johnson Ranch trying to improve their games,” Eckenburg said. “They’ve come back this year with great strokes and a plan to win matches and a strategy to accomplish the task.” The doubles’ lineup has seen lots of shuffling with the injuries but junior Isabel Lopez and freshman Shannon Peiffer have played well and juniors juniors Meena Sandhu and Tanya Sukkari have also been solid. Rocklin’s final doubles’ spot in still up in the air as sophomores Becca Kinsey and Amber Beede are battling it out to see who gets the final spot. Rocklin is 4-0 so far, with 9-0 wins over Yuba City and Union Mine and 8-1 wins over El Camino and Del Campo. The Thunder opened SFL play Tuesday against Woodcreek and played Granite Bay Wednesday. The Thunder squad will leave for San Luis Obispo today in preparation for a four-match tournament.