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Bulldog girls tennis falls in first round of playoffs
Izzy Romeo earned one of only two Turlock High match victories during the Bulldogs Division-I Sac-Joaquin Section playoff loss to St. Marys on Monday. - photo by Journal file photo

It was one and done for the Turlock High varsity girls tennis team which competed in the Division-I Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs on Monday afternoon on the road against St. Mary's.

The Bulldogs battled and did all they could, but the Rams proved to be too much as they came out on top in a 7-2 victory.

“I'm so proud of the warrior spirit these young athletes demonstrate each time they step on the court,” said Turlock head coach Linda Bejaran.

Despite the loss, Turlock is leaving the Central California Conference having won 11 straight titles, six under coach Bejaran.

“They come ready to battle, racquets, in hands, feet moving and eyes on the ball. We end the season with our heads held high,” said Bejaran.

The two victories came from the Bulldogs No. 2 and No. 3 singles players.

First it was Izzy Romeo, who edged out her opponent 6-5, 6-0. No. 3 Sophie Winfree was the only other win for Turlock after she won 6-4, 3-6 and 6-1.

Turlock was swept at doubles with No. 3 Claudia Chan and Megan Labao putting up the closest match after losing 3-6, 6-3, 3-6.

“My number three doubles team Megan Labao and Claudia Chan battled it out, but lost in the third set,” Bejaran added.

The No. 1 doubles squad with Kelly Ziya and Taylor Griffin fell in straight sets 2-6, 1-6 while No. 2 Calista McShane and Ashley Huh lost 2-6, 3-6.

Turlock lost three of the six singles matches in straight sets with the No. 6 match ending by default.