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Turlock tennis tops Pitman, now 5-0
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One of Pitmans number one doubles player, Daphne Blas, barely strikes the ball during Tuesdays loss to Turlock. - photo by EDDIE RUIZ / The Journal

Turlock has owned the tennis courts for the past four years against Pitman High and the streak continued on Tuesday for the defending Central California Conference champions.

With Tuesday’s 7-2 win over Pitman, the Turlock girls  tennis team remains a perfect 5-0 for the season and holds a nine-game winning streak against the Pride (2-3) over the past four seasons.

“I know Pitman is very competitive and I know Doug [Reimers] is working really hard to build the program and I think he has done a great job,” said Turlock head coach Linda Bejaran. “I have noticed every year that we don’t come out and kill them in straight sets, it’s always a challenge for us.”

“Obviously, Turlock brings a high quality of tennis to the courts. They are highly supported by their parents and fans and I am sure that gives them a big boost,” said Pitman head coach Doug Reimers. “It obviously tells us we have things to work on, but all honesty, I don’t think we were outshot today.”

In the number four and five singles, each match went to distance, but eventually Turlock came out on top.

“We happen to get the points that count so obviously that helps us win the sets. We get the points when we need them,” said Bejaran. “I have to say I enjoy coaching this team this year. They are a lot of fun to coach and hard workers; it’s been a lot of fun for me.”

Turlock dominated the singles, winning five of six matches, three in straight sets.

Pitman’s lone win in the singles bracket came from Barbara Beasley who trounced Courtnie Chan of Turlock, 6-4, 8-6 and 6-0.

“We were out-thought, not out-shot. We need to be smarter on the court,” said Reimers. “We need to play better tennis. We hit the ball great. But if we can’t hit the right shots at the right time it doesn’t matter how good we play.”

Turlock will face the Falcons in a CCC matchup in Atwater at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Pitman will host Golden Valley at 3 p.m. Thursday.