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Turlock tennis tops Pitman, remains undefeated
Turlock tennis
Emely Fernandes of Turlocks number one doubles team gets ready to return the ball in Tuesdays crosstown matchup against Pitman. - photo by EDDIE RUIZ / The Journal

Both Turlock and Pitman tennis teams were 4-0 before Tuesday’s league showdown, but only one team left undefeated in the Central California Conference matchup.

The game swung in the Bulldogs' favor early on, however, with Turlock winning six singles matches in straight sets.

The doubles matches were a different story, as Pitman’s number one doubles team secured the team’s only victory but in the end, Turlock pulled away with a big 8-1 victory.

“There was great sportsmanship overall. We did not have to call for any lines judged, which speaks highly to all the girls,” said Turlock head coach Linda Bejaran.

“This was a great opportunity to work hard and improve as we move closer to the postseason,” said Pitman head coach Doug Reimers. “Pleasantly optimistic with our performance, but Turlock is just a fantastic team with great sportsmanship, they are deserving and we are not ashamed. We will keep our heads high and learn from what we did wrong and continue progressing.”

Turlock dominated the singles play, after notching straight set victories in all six singles matches.

“The girls, some, were very nervous because both teams were undefeated and they wanted to win of course, they overcame their nerves, focused and played their game,” said Bejaran.

Rebekka Cripe, who is currently Turlock’s number one singles player, beat out Abi Wilson of Pitman by a score of 6-0 and 6-4 after a more than impressive performance.

“I want to give kudos to Rebekka because Abi is tough, but she took it to her and did not let up,” said Bejaran of Cripe. “She played her game, very aggressive corner to corner on every return. She played awesome.”

Freshman Maya Young, Izzy Romeo and Sophie Winfree, all of whom play in the top six singles for the Bulldogs, were very impressive as well in their respective matchups, winning in convincing fashion.

“I am real proud of our freshman singles players because they are fighting in the singles ladder and giving 100 percent each match,” said Bejaran. “Whether they are winning or losing, they have great attitudes and play fair.

“Great job to our senior leaders as well… just everyone was fantastic today,” Bejaran added. “People say we have a rivalry but we just all came out and had a great time and there was smiles and positive energy whether we did well or not.”

Turlock is 5-0 in league and Pitman drops to 4-1 in the CCC.

“Being undefeated heading into this match was great because the girls deserve the success; they worked so hard in the summer,” Reimers added. “They spent countless hours working on their game and we have been figuring it out this year.”

The next match for Pitman will be at Golden Valley against the Cougars at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Turlock’s next match will be at home against Atwater at 3 p.m. Thursday.