Taft defeats Wasco 5-4

The Taft High varsity girls’ tennis team were Wildcats with a Tiger by the tail here Wednesday<Sept. 18> but held on to win the close match, 5-4.

The match was tied, 3-3, after the singles round, so Taft coach Jim Carnal and assistant coach Bill Friend split their top two players to pick up two doubles wins to win the match. “I was impressed with Wasco,” Carnal said. “They were loaded with talented freshmen and sophomores and really gave us a match. Fortunately for us this year, we have a lot of experienced upperclassmen.”

In singles, No. 1 seior Taylan Erro beat sophomore Arianna Acevedo, 6-2, 6-1. Senior Lupita Lozano beat sophomore Serena Contreras, 6-3, 6-2. Roxi Barboza lost two match points that would have won her the match and finally fell to fellow senior Brenda Barraza, 5-7, 6-3, 12-10.

Senior Haven Cook was dominated by a hard-hitting, athletic freshman, Sam Martinez, 6-2, 6-0. Junior Jen Rivera fell to sophomore Kassandra Martin, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2. Taft’s Gloria Okafor overpowered Cara Hudson, 6-3, 6-0.

In doubles, Erro and Okafor were too much for Arianna Acevedo and Contreras, 6-2, 6-3. Wasco won the No. 2 doubles match when Martinez and Hudson beat Barboza and Karina Amaya, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2). But at 3 doubles, seniors Lozano and Griselda Ramos were too much for Stephanie Acevedo and Alicia Vidales, 6-1, 6-1.   

Taft improved to 10-3 overall and 6-1 in the South Sequoia League. Wasco dropped to 8-4 overall and 3-2 in the SSL.

The JV contest was played on Aug. 28 and Wasco won 6-3.

The varsity team travels to Shafter on Tuesday and then hosts Wasco in a rematch at home on Thursday. The home and away schedule is the opposite for JV.