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Delhi tennis wins opening playoff match
Turlock, Pitman and Denair fall in first round
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Jorge Carrillo of Delhi High secured a victory in singles play. - photo by Journal file photo

The Sac-Joaquin Section Tennis Tournament kicked off this week and of the four local teams competing, only Delhi High moved on to the second round of the tournament with Wednesday's 6-3 win over Argonaut.

Denair fell to Sonora in the co-ed bracket 9-0 on Monday.

In the Division-I bracket for the boys, Pitman met Edison on Monday but fell 5-4.

Turlock had the best chance to pull off the win, but after splitting the singles 3-3, Enochs came out and their No. 2 doubles team won the ninth and final match to secure the upset, 5-4, and boot Turlock out of the tournament.

“Heat was definitely a factor. They weren't used to it and it just jumped out to them. If your used to it it’s one thing but I told them to hydrate, and they didn't,” said Turlock head coach Jack Schneider. “It was 113 degrees on the court and you could definitely see my guys dragging.”

Aside from No. 1 Davis Griffin, No. 5 Eiden Shabaz and No. 6 Kevin Schmidt captured wins on the singles side, pressuring Turlock's doubles team to pull out wins. Unfortunately, only Jack Green and Warren Foote managed to get a win for the Bulldogs on the doubles side.

“It was bad, heat was definitely a factor,” said Schneider. “Kevin was puking and played with three different rackets after he broke the strings in his racket. Now I need to get these kids to play team summer tennis and fine tune for next year, maybe make a run, who knows,”

Pitman had to deal with an evenly matched Edison team.

Six of the nine matches went to three sets, but unfortunately the Pride dropped four of them.

“We fought hard and came up short. But, you don't learn much from winning. We are looking forward to taking this momentum into next season and attempting to stretch it further,” said Pitman head coach Jeff Hayes.

Pitman finished third in the CCC with a league record of 8-4.

Delhi captured six wins including victories from the No. 1 singles players in Jessica Juarez for the girls and Jorge Carrillo on the boys’ side.

The Hawks of Delhi also dominated on the doubles side, winning four of the five matches and earning a spot in the second round.

Delhi will next take on No. 1 Placer on the road at 4 p.m. Monday.