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Coyotes pick up win over Eagles
Denair tennis completes first round of SAL play with bookend wins
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Denair High’s tennis team completed the first of its three-round league schedule with a win over Turlock Christian High on Wednesday as its boys and girls earned an 8-1 victory.

Though the victory came at the expense of a limited Eagles (0-5 SAL) squad — TC forfeited four matches — the Coyotes (2-3 SAL) savored Wednesday’s victory as it came on the heels of a pair of one-point losses to Southern Athletic League opponents.

“Getting this win was important to us because we needed to get back on track. We lost a close one to Waterford and a close one to Delhi, so it was important to get a win,” Denair head coach Paul Michaelis said.

In singles competition, Denair’s Brian Dudley and Aliah Ibarra came out on top, both in straight sets over their respective opponents John Kazas and Brenna Visaraga. Dudley is undefeated in league while Ibarra sits with a 4-1 record.

“His game has vastly improved. He would crush himself from last year, he’s a lot better,” Michaelis said of his number one boys singles player, Dudley.

“And she’s just been playing her game, and that’s the main thing for her. If she can keep playing her type of tennis and not play into her opponent’s strengths, she should have a pretty good record by the end of the season,” he added about Ibarra.

Also in the singles competition, Savannah Swanson earned TC’s lone victory with a straight-set defeat of Denair’s Alex Knapp.

As for Denair’s doubles, Tyler Metcalf and Jasmine Yonan defeated Daphne Eissabake and Carlotta Roldon in a three set battle while Shanell Silva and Saul Mendoza defeated Su Kim and Petra Hort in straight sets.

TC is set to travel to Delhi High today for the beginning of the second round of league competition. Denair will play at home as it hosts Gustine High, the team it beat in the first match of the season.

“Hopefully we’ll get two in a row, but we’ll see,” Michaelis said.