Lady Wildcats go 3-1 at Division II level of Lewis Cup

 The Taft Union High School varsity girls’ tennis team finished 3-1 for second place in Division II of the Lewis Cup Friday and Saturday.

The second-place finish in Division II means Taft has the fifth-best tennis team in the county behind only four Division I teams: Stockdale, Garces, Liberty and Bakersfield High.

Friday, Taft beat Centennial, 4-2, and Tehachapi, 4-2. On Saturday, Taft lost to undefeated bracket champion BHS, 4-2, but eked out a razor-thin win over Monache of Porterville, 3-3, 41-39 on games.

Going 3-1 in the tournament for Taft was: Yeraldin Barrera at No. 3 singles, Diana Medina and Lupita Lozano in doubles, and Roxi Barboza and Melissa Gore at No. 3 doubles. Gloria Hartley and JC Yarbrough went 2-2 in doubles. Ana Estrada, playing No. 1 singles, and Taylan Erro, playing No. 2 singles, were 1-3.

“Being a Division IV team in Valley playoffs, I was very pleased with how well the Taft girls played against two Division I teams and two Division II teams. We were competitive in the match that we lost against BHS,” coach Jim Carnal said.

Taft’s varsity and JV teams host Cesar Chavez Tuesday in the last league game. Taft’s varsity is 13-0 in the South Sequoia League; 19-4 overall. Taft’s JV team is 11-0 in league; 15-6 overall.

The varsity league individual playoffs will be held at Wasco High at 2 p.m. Thursday with the top four singles and top four doubles teams returning to complete play in the semifinals and finals at 3 p.m. Friday.

Team playoffs are scheduled to begin Tuesday, Oct. 30. Carnal said Taft should be seeded No. 1. He expects Liberty of Madera, the two-time Division V champion, which just moved up to Division IV, to be seeded No. 2.