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Turlock tennis moves on after downing Tokay
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Turlock sophomore Marco Andres, pictured here in a previous match, won his match after dropping the first set and winning the last two. - photo by Journal file photo

The Turlock High boys’ tennis team has punched their ticket into the third round of the Division I CIF Section tournament after trouncing Tokay High at home on Tuesday.

It was a rather smooth and easy win for the Bulldogs who were able to control the Tigers of Tokay winning in straight sets in seven of the nine matches as they won 8-1.

“Tokay gave us some good matches we were just able to win convincingly,” Turlock head coach Juan Alaniz said. “What gives us an advantage is that we have been doing this for a while and I feel we got the advantage and it helps we have a strong core there.”

With a strong core set and the help of tennis professional coach and enthusiast Bill Weber, the ‘Dogs have been on a roll the last two years and will hopefully continue the success.

“My point of view is my boys are developing and learning to fight through matches and strategizing in games. It is an evolution,” Turlock assistant head coach Weber said. “We’re developing the program from the ground up.”

In the number one singles, only Ryan Asai would lose after getting taken down in straight sets to Tokay’s Johnny Morales, 6-3 and 6-1. The Bulldogs would not lose another match for the remainder of the day to edge out the Tigers with ease and move on to the quarterfinal match.

 Johnny Brenda in the number four singles would nearly drop the second set but won it 6-1 and 7-6.

Marco Andres’ match in the number two singles ended with a loss in the first set but he turned it around as it ended 2-6, 6-1 and 6-2.

“We won rather convincingly and we dominated the doubles,” Alaniz added.

With only eight teams left, the ‘Dogs will take on Armijo High at a time yet to be announced on Monday.

“Armijo will be tough they are good all around,” said Alaniz. “They are competitive and looking forward for a tough match and hopefully we come out ahead.”