Righetti High School’s top girls tennis player Lauren Zimmer won the opening set of Tuesday’s PAC 8 League tennis match against San Luis Obispo.
Unfortunately, nothing else went right for the Warriors (2-3) in a 16-2 loss to the Tigers (5-1) in Orcutt.
San Luis Obispo lost its opening match of the season, 10-8, to San Marcos but after Tuesday’s victory, the Tigers are now on a five-match winning streak.
In a battle of No. 1s, Zimmer defeated SLO’s Lillian Feingold 6-1. Zimmer later won the Warriors’ other set, a 6-4 thriller against SLO’s No. 3 singles player Ashley Thorson.
“San Luis Obispo is a tough school,” said Righetti coach Maddie Seeds, a former star on Orcutt Academy's tennis team. “We won a lot of points, we just didn’t win a lot of games – but we did keep a lot of the games close.”
Ground strokes were a particular problem for both teams.
All too often, players had clean shots but dumped them into the net.
“First, the players have to get the proper grip and they’re not doing that. Then it’s mostly how they use their forearm and legs,” said Seeds. “If our players have the proper grip, arms and footwork, then when they hit the ball it will lift it over the net. We’ve got to work on that.”
Feingold rebounded from her opening set loss to post 6-2 and 6-1 set wins over Righetti’s Bridget Lee and Sarah Sousa, respectively.
Thorson came back to win her two other sets, 6-0 over Haley Sousa and 6-1 over Sarah Sousa.
In between, SLO’s No. 2 singles player Lauren Ramirez posted her first-ever set win against Righetti’s Zimmer (6-1) while sweeping her three sets.
“Lauren (Ramirez) has been very consistent. She had to be consistent to beat Lauren Zimmer,” said SLO coach Rose Will. “Lauren (Ramirez) has developed some new weapons this year like a ground stroke that she can use to put away a point from anywhere on the court – she really stood out for us today.”
“Lauren Zimmer is our captain. She is the motivator. Everyone looks to her and she motivates everyone to be better,” Seeds said. “Lauren is a good player – a good team-player.”
The Tigers went 9-0 in doubles but Righetti’s No. 1 doubles team didn’t go down without a fight.
Righetti’s Lacey Snyder and Joselynn Rubio came ever-so-close to winning two of three; losing those sets 7-5 and 7-5 to SLO’s No. 1 team of Natalie Ziegler and Riley Quinn and SLO’s No. 2 unit of Riley Miklik and Paige Lund.
“Overall, we did pretty well against a strong team. Playing them shows us what we need to work on to get better,” Seeds said. “We have to keep the focus on winning points, not games. The game wins will come but we have to focus our energy on each point. I think everyone played pretty well, we just need to build on it.”
SLO continues its PAC 8 campaign Thursday at Pioneer Valley.
Righetti is on the road Thursday at Mission Prep.
Hancock 2, College of the Sequoias 1
VISALIA — The Bulldogs (5-1-1) posted their fourth straight 2-1 victory with a win Tuesday.
Ulysses Cardona got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard with a goal in the 36th minute off a Nathan Perez pass.
Cardona later assisted on Mario Delgado's goal in the 65th minute.
Antony Herrera had four saves and came within seconds of posting his second shutout of the season, giving up a goal with 20 seconds left in stoppage time.
Hancock's four-game winning streak has come on the road.
The Bulldogs started the streak with a 2-1 win on Sept. 5 over West Hills in Lemoore, then followed that with two 2-1 wins at the Consumnes River Showcase over the weekend, defeating Yuba on Friday and Lassen on Saturday.
Hancock has a bye Friday and returns to the pitch next Tuesday on the road at Clovis.