The race for the Central California Conference title is heating up for local boys tennis teams and after Tuesday’s results the standings look clearer.
Turlock was able to cruise through Golden Valley in a convincing 6-3 home victory, but Pitman High struggled on the road as they fell to Buhach Colony 5-4, splitting the season series.
“We split the series with BC,” said Pitman head coach Jeff Hayes. “There was no wind.”
“Today was a big match also for Pitman because after they lost, we need to beat Buhach,” said Turlock head coach Jack Schneider.
Turlock and Pitman were scheduled to take on one another two weeks ago, however due to the rain during the week, the matches were postponed.
With the win on Tuesday, Turlock improves to 6-1 in CCC play while Pitman fell to 7-2. BC is currently in first place at 8-1.
“If Turlock beats BC, and we beat Turlock twice, we can still take first, but it’s tight at the top this season. Good matches,” said Hayes.
Pitman struggled in the singles, against BC on Tuesday, winning just two of the six matches. Only No. 1 Andrew Rosero and No. 5 Ross Wheeler pulled out victories for Pride while the two doubles victories came from their No. 2 and 3 teams.
“My No. 4 hit the fence and hurt his knee,” said Hayes. “He had to default the match.”
Turlock struggled on the doubles, winning just one match while the singles won five of their six matches.
No. 1 Davis Griffin won his match in straight sets at 6-0, 6-0 and Ziya Ziya was the same.
No. 3 singles player for Turlock, Shayan Niakan won 6-1 and 6-1.
The matchup for Wednesday has the possibility of determining which team will hold the second-place spot after the day concludes.
“Singles are solid, doubles are getting better as we go and can coach the college technique,” said Schneider. “It’s good because our league has so many inexperienced players that we can coach during the match, just can’t interfere with match but its helping.”
Turlock will host Pitman at 3 p.m. today.
“I coach a couple of the Pitman kids so I definitely have a scouting report for the matchups and what to worry and what not worry about,” Schneider added.