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Turlock tennis prevails in playoffs
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Turlock High girls tennis teammates Jenna Anderson, left, and Katrina Santiago congratulate each other during the No. 3 doubles match of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division Tournament meeting with Modesto High on Tuesday. - photo by CHHUN SUN / The Journal

Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Girls Tennis

Turlock 6, Modesto 3

At Turlock High tennis courts


No. 1 Synclaire Waldron (M) def. Elise Cusenza (T), 6-4, 6-1

No. 2 Sarah Skinner (M) def. Maecie Ireland (T), 6-2, 6-2

No. 3 Bethany Gierhan (M) def. Kaitlyn Ireland (T), 6-2, 6-3

No. 4 Ashley Gomez (T) def. Jenna Rose Lee (M), 6-1, 6-2

No. 5 Karsen Melgard (T) def. Madeleine Jacques (M), 6-0, 6-2

No. 6 Natalia Lima (T) def. Noelle Souza (M), 6-4, 7-5


No. 1 Camille Stiles/Taylor Olson (T) def. Maia Skowron/Alyssa Eggen (M), 6-2, 6-1

No. 2 Jillian Temple/Lizete Duarte (T) def. Haley Noland/Jeanah Kim (M), 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

No. 3 Katrina Santiago/Jenna Anderson (T) def. Lily Shen/Paloma Vizcaino (M), 7-6 (7-5), 7-6

All season long, Turlock High girls tennis coach Juan Alaniz has expressed confidence in all his players, no matter where they stand in the strength ladder.

On Tuesday afternoon, he watched his top three singles players go down against Modesto High in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Tournament at the Turlock tennis courts. Everyone else, however, prevailed to lift Turlock to a 6-3 win in matches.

In the singles competition, No. 4 Ashley Gomez, No. 5 Karsen Melgard and No. 6 Natalia Lima were all triumphant, while the doubles squads of Camille Stiles and Taylor Olson, Jillian Temple and Lizete Duarte and Katrina Santiago and Jenna Anderson also claimed wins.

By the time the doubles matches rolled around, the teams were tied with three wins apiece.

The Bulldogs are headed to the quarterfinals of the tournament on Nov. 8, though they did not know immediately after Tuesday’s matches who their next opponent would be.

With winning the Central California Conference title, Turlock was granted a first-round bye.

“None of them folded,” Alaniz said about Tuesday’s matches. “They all played the best they could.”

To contact Chhun Sun, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2041.