Lady Wildcats defeat Wasco Wednesday while losing to Tehachapi Tuesday
The Taft High girls’ varsity tennis team swept Wasco, 9-0, Wednesday but lost a heartbreaker at Tehachapi, 5-4, on Tuesday.
Taft is now11-2 overall; 2-1 in the South Sequoia League.
Taft’s JV team beat Wasco, 8-1, and squeaked out a home victory over Tehachapi, 5-4, to improve to 15-2 and 3-0 in the SSL.
Taft’s varsity won all three third-set tiebreakers in its sweep of Wasco. In a battle of senior number ones, Trisha Adams held on to beat a tenacious Miranda Medrano, 7-5, 2-6, 10-6. Likewise, Kristen Coke came back to beat Lisette Navarro, 3-6, 6-4, 10-3.
Ana Estrada dispatched Ana Salgado, 6-0, 6-1. Yeraldin Barrea beat Luz Ramirez, 6-0, 6-3, Mariah Melton handled Karissa Gomez, 6-1, 6-2. Jessa Dahlgren outlasted Yessenia Figueroa, 6-2, 4-6, 10-7.
It was all Taft in the doubles matches. Estrada and Barrera beat Navarro and Salgado, 6-2, 6-0. Taylan Erro and Gloria Hartley blanked Medrano and Gomez, 8-0, in a pro set to accommodate Medrano, who was injured. Haley Houghton and JC Yarbrough beat Maria Ruiz and Abby Ramos, 6-2, 6-1.
Taft lost its two tiebreakers in windy Tehachapi and that was the difference in that match. Adams lost to Darian Grisso, 6-4, 6-1. Coke lost to Hannah Fjeld, 6-3, 6-4. Estrada faltered at the end and lost to Daelyn Valencia 6-4, 3-6, 10-3. Barrera beat Lexi Zimmerman, 6-4, 7-5. Melton, fighting a cold, lost to Alexis Schoenberg, 6-4, 6-0. Erro beat Adriana Brewer, 6-4, 6-4.
Taft needed to sweep the doubles to win. Adams and Coke beat Fjeld and Valencia, 6-4, 6-4. In the match that decided the day, Barrera and Erro lost in the end to Grisso and Schoenberg, 4-6, 6-2, 10-5. Hartley and Yarbrough beat Sarah Jensen and Meagan Thiese, 6-4, 6-3, to finish the scoring.
In the JV match against Wasco, Diana Medina dispatched Nancy Vera, 6-1, 6-0. Lupita Lozano beat Jacalyn Mendoza, 6-3, 6-2. Haven Cook beat Yadara Vasquez, 7-6 (7-2), 6-0. Roxanna Barboza beat Jackie Gonzalez, 6-3, 6-1. Gloria Okafor beat Alicia Vidaus, 6-3, 6-3. Maria Sanchez lost a close match to Rosa Bustamonte, 2-6, 7-5, 10-8. In doubles, Medina and Lozano beat Vera and Vasquez, 6-4, 6-3. Cook and Barboza beat Gonzalez and Vidaus, 6-0, 6-3. Jeni Rivera and Liliana Noriega beat Cara Hudson and Daisy Soto, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3).
Taft JV won a nail-biter over Tehachapi. Medina lost to Carrie Brewer, 6-3, 6-3. Lozano beat Ashley Rush, 6-2, 2-6, 10-3. Herrera lost to Laney Ricker, 6-1, 7-5. Haven Cook outlasted Brianna Benedict, 6-1, 4-6, 10-5. Daisy Guitron beat Audrey Moon, 6-1, 6-1. Barboza beat Scarlette Whitted, 6-1, 6-1.
In doubles, Medina and Herrera lost to Brewer and Rush, 6-2, 6-4. Haven Cook and Lozano beat Ricker and Benedict, 6-2, 6-3. Hailey Cook and Angelica McCrossen lost to Madison Sony and Hannah Burke, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.