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Netters Capture Pair Of League Victories
Awaiting the serve from their Ripon opponents in second girls doubles action on Friday were Mia DeVecchio, foreground, and Clare Fitzgerald, as the Cougars hosted the Indians. Fitzgerald and DeVecchio took a 6-4, 6-3 win. - photo by Marg Jackson/The Times

Taking a 9-0 win on the road, the Escalon tennis team also nailed down a win at home, taking that match by a 7-2 final.

“We played a make-up match with Hughson on Thursday (April 3) at Hughson,” said coach David Ortiz.

The squad rolled to a shutout win over the Huskies, paced by the boys singles’ play of Ashton Redberg (6-1, 6-2) and Andrew Casillas (6-1, 6-0); girls singles Taylor Laugero (7-5, 6-2), and Kaitlynn Mayfield (6-0, 6-0). Also taking easy wins were the boys doubles of Nick Lennon and Marc Ney, 6-0, 6-1 and Mike Medina and Trent Busch, 6-3, 6-3. First girls doubles Taylor Busch and Maggie Casteel took a 6-0, 6-0 win and second girls doubles Clare Fitzgerald and Mia DeVecchio were 6-1, 6-0 winners. Josie Redberg and Trent DaDalt got a win by forfeit in the mixed doubles.

“We used exactly the same line up on Friday at home against Ripon,” said Ortiz.

This time, it was a 7-2 Cougar victory, with wins by Redberg (6-2, 7-5); Laugero (6-1, 6-0); Mayfield (6-3, 6-4); Medina and Busch (6-3, 6-1); Busch and Casteel (7-5, 6-0); Fitzgerald and DeVecchio (6-4, 6-3); Redberg and DaDalt (6-0, 6-1).

The only losses were at boys number two singles, Casillas fell 3-6, 6-4, 6-10 and first boys doubles, Lennon and Ney, taking a 4-6, 3-6 defeat.

Overall, said Ortiz, the team is playing well and Casillas in particular gave a couple of very strong performances this week, splitting his matches.

The Cougars were scheduled to play at Riverbank on Tuesday, after The Times went to press, and will be on the road at Orestimba on Friday, April 11.