The girls tennis season is over for Turlock High.
After clinching their 8th consecutive Central California Conference title and earning spots in both the CIF Division I Sac-Joaquin Section singles and doubles tournaments, the Bulldogs were eliminated from the Division I SJS team tournament by Rocklin High on Monday.
“We knew Rocklin would have a deep line-up from number one to third doubles,” Turlock head coach Linda Bejaran said. “The score does not reflect the heart and the effort the THS girls’ team showed today. Every one of the players battled.”
The Thunder of the Sierra Foothills took all of Monday’s matches as they earned a semi-final spot in the tournament with the 9-0 victory.
All of Turlock’s losses came in straight sets with singles player Courtnie Chan putting up the best fight of the day with a 5-7 and 2-6 effort while the doubles team of Abby Naranjo and Michelle Gomez came up just short with a pair of 4-6 sets.
Bulldog golf ends postseason at NorCal tourney
Turlock High ended its season with an 8th place finish at the CIF NorCal tournament on Monday, walking away from the foggy and hilly course of The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch in Salinas with 483 strokes.
“My gals don't get to play hilly or mountain courses too often so this course was a challenge,” Turlock head coach Mary Krupka said. “While you walk the course, it seems like there is a slight slope or uphill, when in fact, it is much greater than what the players felt.”
Sarah Garcia and Bergen Benedict were Turlock's top two finishers with respective stroke counts of 87 and 90.
Though the Bulldogs failed to advance to the State tournament, their 8th place finish ahead of Davis Senior High—four strokes behind Turlock with 487—was a sign of improvement as the Blue Devils bested Turlock with a second place finish at the Masters tournament.