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Turlock tennis continues season success with playoff victory
Turlock doubles player Michelle Gomez returns a volley in Tuesday's playoff game against Stagg High School. Gomez and her partner Abby Narano beat their opponents, 5-7, 6-4, 10-6. - photo by CANDY PADILLA / The Journal

The Turlock High girls tennis team extended its success on Tuesday, beating out Stagg High School, 8-1, Tuesday afternoon as they progress further in the team Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.

Turlock’s #2 ranked Lauren Carlson defeated Stagg’s Nina Xiong in impressive straight sets of, 6-0, while Turlock’s #3 ranked Courtnie Chan defeated Stagg opponent Guadalupe Barbosa in straight sets of 6-2 and 6-4.

Top ranked singles player Mila Johns was the only loss for Turlock during the Bulldogs' home match, retiring after a third set (4-6, 6-0, 2-5).

“We played a good team—just an unorthodox team. We had to play their game,” said Turlock head coach Linda Bejaran.

Doubles winners include Turlock’s Abby Narano and Michelle Gomez, who beat their Stagg opponents 5-7, 6-4, 10-6; as well as Turlock’s Emely Fernandes and Mehr Sahota, who defeated their opponents, 7-6, 7-1, 6-4.

“We hadn’t played a team that hit with a lot of spins,” Bejaran said. “It was a fun team to play.”

Turlock girls tennis continues on Thursday as singles player Johns and doubles players Carlson and Chan will travel to Sacramento for individual and doubles Section tournaments.

Turlock’s next team match in the Section playoffs will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Turlock High School.