The Turlock High boys tennis team's successful season came to an end on Monday, in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I quarterfinal match against a visiting Armijo High team.
The Turlock doubles teams cruised through their competition, but only one of the six singles matches ended in favor of the Bulldogs, with David Lazar taking that series in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. At the end of the day, the Indians came out on top with a score of 5-4.
“It got down to one match. [Armijo] was more dominant in the singles and it came down to two matches,” Turlock head coach Juan Alaniz said.
The number two singles player in Marco Andres took the first set with ease 6-1, but he faltered in the next two, 0-6 and 4-6, against Andrew Freeman.
Five out of the six singles matches ended by way of straight sets.
“David and Marco were the last two, but Marco was the one that ended up losing, and it got down to deuces and that is just the way it goes. Once we lost the number two match, the game had been decided,” said Alaniz of the singles struggle.
The bright spark for the Bulldogs came from their—still—undefeated number one doubles team in Davis Griffin and Carlos Iniques, who are only a freshman and sophomore competing at the highest level and they showed their skill by winning in straight sets, 6-2 and 7-5.
“Our doubles competed and did what they have been doing all year long, they won convincingly, we just needed one more win in the singles...,” Alaniz said.
With such a young and talented team, Turlock will continue to battle next year for not only another league title but also the hopes of a deeper run at sectionals as they return everybody.
“We're young and we will get prepared for next year to improve the overall ladder,” Alaniz added.