Taft varsity defeats Wasco 8-1 to remain perfect

The Taft High varsity girls’ tennis team remained undefeated with an 8-1 win over the Wasco Tigers here Tuesday. Taft’s JV team won by the same score there.

In the one-sided affair, only two matches were close and both involved Wasco’s No. 1 player.

At No. 1 singles, Taft’s Ana Estrada beat Esmi Castro, 6-4, 6-2. Taylan Erro double bageled Brenda Barraza, 6-0, 6-0, and Yeraldin Barrera did the same to Kassandra Martin, 6-0, 6-0. Gloria Hartley beat Arianna Acevedo, 6-2, 6-1. Lupita Lozano beat Serena Contreras, 6-1, 6-1, and Diana Medina beat Nancy Vera, 6-1, 6-0.

With the match won after singles, Taft coach Jim Carnal sat his top three players in doubles and played No. 5 Lozano and No. 6 Medina against No. 1 Castro and No. 3 Martin.

Castro was good enough to eke out the one win for the Tigers, 3-6, 6-3, 10-8. Hartley and Yarbrough easily beat Barraza and Acevedo, 6-1, 6-2. And Roxi Barboza and Melissa Gore handled Cara Hudson and Alicia Vidales, 6-3, 6-1.

“Wasco was very young,” coach Carnal said. Their No. 1 player, Castro, was a senior and a pretty good player but they did not have much depth. The match gave us a chance to have our No. 5 and No. 6 players face a pretty good team and helped us get ready for the California High School Tennis Classic Friday and Saturday in Fresno.”

Taft will play in Division 6 of eight 16-team divisions and will face Central Valley Christian, Atwater (Merced) and Central (Fresno) on Friday and two teams to be announced on Saturday.

The tournament is the largest in the nation and draws 124 of the best high school tennis teams in California.

Taft improved to 4-0 overall; a league-leading 3-0 in the South Sequoia League. Taft’s next home match will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday against Robert F. Kennedy of Delano, which lost 9-0 to Bakersfield Christian on Tuesday,Sept. 4.

Taft’s JV team had an easy time in Wasco. Number 1 Haven Cook beat Rosa Bustamante, 6-3, 6-2. Jen Rivera beat Briana Patterson, 6-2, 6-1. Gloria Okafor beat Chelsea Colde, 6-1, 6-2. Maria Sanchez fought off Briana Martin, 6-0, 7-5. Karina Amaya held on to beat Analisa Juarez, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3). Wasco got its only win when Liliana Noriega beat Janely Lara, 6-1, in the first set but then forfeit the match when she felt dizzy. Noriega later told coaches that she had not eaten all day, Carnal said.

In doubles, Cook and Rivera beat Bustamante and Patterson, 6-3, 6-4. Number 3 Okafor and No. 9 Destany Rocha beat No. 3 Colde and No. 4 Martin, 6-4, 6-0. Paige Gaylord and Stephanie Torres beat Stephany Acevedo and Karisma Normandin, 6-2, 6-3. Taft’s JV improved to 4-3 overall; 2-0 in the SSL.