Just one match was on the schedule for Escalon’s tennis team this week, as they faced off with Riverbank. Their second opponent, Modesto Christian, did not field a tennis team this year so the Cougars had a bye on Friday.
Their Tuesday, April 12 match at home against the Bruins was a close one, but the host squad fell by a 4-5 final to the visiting Riverbank team.
Victories for Escalon came at number one girls singles, Taylor Laugero winning 6-2, 6-0 and number two singles Josie Redberg winning by the same 6-2, 6-0 decision. Also winning were the girls number one doubles pairing of Mia DeVecchio and Nicole Sarkozy, 6-1, 6-2 and the number two girls doubles, Brooklyn Berry and Courtney Ney playing to a decisive 6-2, 6-0 win.
“Brooklyn and Courtney teamed up for girls doubles and played great,” head coach Staci Diaz said. “Courtney Ney got a bloody nose from being hit in the face, but she kept playing like nothing happened. I was impressed and proud of her.”
Taking losses in the contest with Riverbank were boys number one Michael Medina (1-6, 0-6) and number two Everardo Peralta (2-6, 0-6). Also falling were the boys doubles teams, number one David Martinez and Josiah Beltran (4-6, 2-6); number two Tommy Pangan and Jairo Duran (0-6, 4-6); and the mixed doubles of Trenton Busch and Allison Rigg, battling hard but ultimately falling in a 4-6, 4-6 final.
The Cougars were scheduled to play at Ripon on Tuesday, April 19 after The Times went to press and will host Hughson on Friday, April 22.