Pitman High girls’ varsity tennis team is surging in the Central California Conference standings.
After Thursday's 7-2 win over Buhach Colony, Pitman is now 7-1 in the CCC, sitting in second, just behind Turlock (8-0).
It was a near perfect afternoon on Thursday when both CCC teams met for a league clash but Pitman, who has been far superior all season long, managed to showcase their skills and handle Buhach with ease.
Pitman ended up taking five of six wins in the singles matches and two of three in the doubles.
“With a break coming in they came out fresh and focused and every single one of the girls played great tennis against a great bunch of ladies from Buhach,” said Pitman head coach Doug Reimers.
It wasn't just one player for Pitman that stood, all, even the ones who lost were showing a great skill set—something coach Reimers has been implementing.
Always competing against a top program in Turlock, Pitman is finally in the hunt for a possible CCC title this season, but they must win their penultimate league contest against Merced heading into the Turlock matchup in the final contest of the season.
“We obviously play Turlock in the final home match and they always present a problem with a well coached team and great players, but our players are hitting their best tennis of year,” said Reimers. “We will keep them ready and hopefully more relaxed and have a better outcome from when we played earlier.”
Pitman's number one and two singles players, Abi Wilson and Yen Luu were unbeatable on Thursday, taking their wins in straight sets.
“Not only have all the girls stepped up but the seniors have done a tremendous job,” said Reimers. “They played well and they brought intensity, focus and have been good leaders all year long and the way the season is going we hope to continue to lead this team to success.”
Coming off a 6-3 win over Atwater, Pitman was excited and anxious for another chance at an opponent, and with Buhach, the girls did not hold back.
In fact, the only lopsided loss was in the number three doubles team that went three sets, eventually Buhach won it 6-1, 5-7 and 8-10.
“All of our doubles teams have been super strong and they helped us a lot all season long,” said Reimers, who has an undefeated number one doubles team. “Coming off that big Atwater win the girls did great staying focused.”
Pitman and Turlock will meet for a possible first place battle of the CCC on Oct. 15, but before that Pitman will need to take on Merced at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
“I would say that the girls are confident and having fun,” Reimers added. “We have had great success this year that has helped us play more relaxed on the court. We got a great bunch of ladies from top to bottom and even in JV.”