Wins over Ripon Christian and Liberty Ranch went on the books for Escalon tennis players this week. Then, doubles squads had the chance to shine at the Riverbank Doubles Tournament on Friday, two Cougar duos coming away with top honors.
In matches, the Cougars hosted and defeated Ripon Christian 6-3 on Feb. 28.
Wins for Escalon came in both boys singles, both boys doubles, girls number two doubles and mixed doubles.
“Mya Beary and Julian Reyes played their first match and had to battle to get the win. Even when they lost the second set, they stayed focused and came back to win in the third set,” coach Staci Diaz said of her mixed doubles team. “Michael Gaines (boys number two singles) played great and won his first ever singles match.”
On Wednesday, March 1, the team faced off with Liberty Ranch of Galt and battled to a 5-4 victory. Winners on the court for Escalon were both girls singles, boys number one doubles and both girls doubles teams.
“Brooklyn Berry and Courtney Ney each won their first ever singles match,” Diaz said her two girls singles for the day. “They both came from behind and never gave up. They played great, and they both deserved the win.”
On Friday, the focus was on doubles, teams traveling to nearby Riverbank for that school’s annual tournament.
“We had some excitement at the Riverbank Doubles Tournament,” Diaz said excitedly. “Both our mixed doubles teams swept their competition. Michael Gaines and Courtney Ney played Mixed Doubles number two and won their division. Tommy Pangan and Brooklyn Berry played Mixed Doubles number one and won their division, too. All four players came home with trophies and smiles. They all worked so hard, and I’m so proud of them.”