Bakersfield High School wins by three points

BAKERSFIELD — The Taft High varsity girls’ tennis team lost to Division II perennial powerhouse Bakersfield, 6-3, on Thursday.

Likewise, Taft’s JV lost at home, 7-2.

“Bakersfield’s top two players were just too good,” Taft coach Jim Carnal said. “Other than that, we were competitive. I want our girls to play top teams to prepare for the Valley playoffs.”

Taft beat the defending Division III Valley champion Independence Falcons, 7-2, two days earlier.

Against BHS, at No. 1 singles, Taft’s Kelsey Rushing fell to Kate Kelly, the daughter of a BHS tennis coach, 6-3, 6-2. At No. 2, Taft’s Leighton May lost to Margo Kuney, 6-1, 6-1. After that it was more competitive. Taft’s Dariana Calderon lost by two points to Alexis Pineda-Strange. 2-6, 6-3, 10-8. Junior Brisa Guizar earned Taft’s only singles point with a solid 6-4, 6-4 win over senior Victoria Von Flue. Taft’s Zayn Herrera fell to Isa Iturria, 6-2, 7-5. Bell Bank of BHS nearly blanked Elizabeth Huizar, 6-1, 6-0.

In pro-set doubles, Kuney and Pineda-Strange were too much for Rushing and May, 8-3. But juniors Guizar and Huizar won a hard-fought battle over sophomores Grace Hudson and Eileen Ablin, 8-6. And, Taft’s Diana Guizar and Cielo Woggn easily dispatched Megan Kelly and Yasmeen Nutt, 8-1.

BHS, which had shutout Ridgeview two days earlier, improved to 2-0. Taft fell to 1-1.

In the JV match, at No. 1 singles, Taft’s Rosa Silva beat Isabelle Herndon, 8-5, but it was all BHS after that. Sabrina Salgueiro beat Alondra Cisneros, 8-7 (10-8). Jacky Peralta beat Caitlin Bailey, 8-2. Mia Arvizu beat Gabriel Aguilar, 8-2. Ryanne Granados beat Jessica DeLaCruz, 8-7 (10-5). And, Angela Ong beat Ivonne Gutierrez, 8-3.

Taft got its second and final point at No. 1 doubles when Silva and Bailey beat Herndon and Salgueiro, 8-3. Cisneros and Aguilar lost to Peralta and Arvizu, 8-4. And, Arelie Paz and Carolina Roque, playing in their first high school match, lost to Ryan Starr and Mia Hutchinson. 8-1.

Taft’s JV, after a 6-3 win over Independence two days earlier, dropped to 1-1.

Taft opens South Sequoia League action at 3 p.m. Tuesday with a varsity home match against the Arvin Bears. JV travels there. On Thursday, varsity travels to Cesar Chavez, while JV hosts.