The regular season came to a close on Thursday afternoon for Turlock and Pitman High girls tennis, when they squared off for the final time this season from the Pride’s court.
All the early singles matches saw some close scores, but by the day’s end, the Bulldogs had topped the Pride, 7-2, to secure the season sweep and clinch second in the Central California Athletic League.
“Many of the matches were close in the 1st set, but Turlock ran away with the majority of them. They are a tough team and they played well today,” said Pitman head coach Jeff Hayes.
“I always knew Gregori was tough, but I also thought this would be the year we competed or were in the mix because we have so many seniors and are losing seven next year,” said Turlock head coach Linda Bejaran.
Gregori takes first in the CCAL with a 10-0 record while Turlock is next at 8-2. Pitman finished with a league record of 5-5.
In their first meeting Turlock battled hard, but lost to the eventual CCAL champs, 5-4. In their second meeting, the Bulldogs fell 7-2.
“Not surprised with how things shaped out, but very happy with the new league, new coaches we are working with, and just getting to know all the new coaches and everything,” said Bejaran.
During the crosstown match on Thursday, Turlock took the best of the singles matches, but Pitman battled back in the doubles.
The Bulldogs won five of their six singles matches and two doubles.
Pitman’s No. 1 doubles team of Mia Pearson and Raj Kavr topped Turlock’s Ashley Huh and Noella Younan, 6-4, 1-6 and 7-6.
Kelly Ziya and Taylor Griffin (Turlock) won at No. 2 doubles and No. 3 Megan Lobao and Claudia Chan helped secure the second straight sets win for Turlock at the doubles.
Turlock’s Maya Young, Hannah Mitka, Izzy Romeo, Anna Lima and Calista McShane each notched a win on the singles side for the ‘Dogs.
Pitman’s Katrina Hawley picked up the only singles victory after her match went three sets at 4-6, 6-2 and 6-1.
Turlock advances to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs and Pitman lost a coin flip to Enochs, being eliminated in the process.