The Central California Athletic League boys tennis double tournament saw a Turlock showdown in the semifinals on Thursday from Modesto Junior College.
No. 1 seeded Pitman’s Andrew and Adrian Rosero squared off with Turlock High’s No. 2 Jack Greene and Trent Hulbert for a match that was memorable.
Both sides captured back to back wins and earned a spot in the final four, where it was Turlock’s Greene and Hulbert that pulled off an upset that ended 3-6, 6-4 and 10-7 in the tiebreaker.
“Down goes Frazer, down goes Frazer,” said Turlock head coach Jack Schneider after the semifinal upset. “Jack and Trent made the semis. Our other two teams lost in the first round,”
Following the win, they earned a spot in the finals against Enochs’ No. 1 and No. 2 players.
Unfortunately, Greene and Hulbert fell in straight sets, 0-6, 1-6.
“Their team was very good. Very proud of our boys for battling and getting to the finals,” said Schneider.
The Rosero brothers from Pitman managed to take on Modesto for third place. Unfortunately, Pitman lost in a 6-8 final.
“The season has been great,” said Pitman head coach Jeff Hayes. “We lost some top players last year. These boys put in a lot of work to fill those holes.”
The hard work was evident for a Pitman side that went 9-1 during the regular season in league play in the CCAL.
“Royden Laia went undefeated at No. 3, Marcos Mendoza went undefeated at No.4, Eli Smith and Alex Lopez went undefeated at No. 3 Doubles,” said Hayes. “These guys, along with Jason Eissayou (with several partners going undefeated at No. 1 Doubles), carried the team this year. It was a great first season in the CCAL, and we are looking forward to playoffs.”
The season ends for Turlock, but the Pride advance to the postseason.
For Pitman High, the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section team playoffs will take place at a time and against an opponent yet to be determined on April 29.