Closing out the regular season with wins over Mountain House and Hughson, Escalon tennis players finished second in Trans-Valley League play, qualifying for the team sections, then went on to the league tournament and found success there.
“Taylor Laugero took first in girls singles against Josie Redberg. Both girls are going to individual sections,” noted coach Staci Diaz of the tournament at the SOS Club in Modesto. “Mia DeVecchio and Nicole Sarkozy won the Girls Doubles #1 Championship, Allison Rigg and Courtney Ney won the Girls Doubles #2 Championship.”
Rigg and Ney are moving to sections as a girls doubles team.
Laugero was also named as the MVP in league and, with wins in her final two TVL matches, completed a remarkable four year stretch of undefeated league action.
“She never lost a pre-season or league match all four years,” Diaz said. “I’m not sure when the last time this was accomplished … it’s pretty amazing.”
Other action in the tournament saw Michael Medina and Nicole Sarkozy lose in three sets in the semi-finals in one mixed doubles pairing, with Everardo Peralta and Mia DeVecchio also bowing out in the semifinal round.
In boys doubles, Trenton Busch and Jairo Duran took second place at the tournament.
“Everyone played really well, and I am proud that they all worked so hard,” Diaz said. “Monday (May 2) we had a bye for team sections, but we play Amador at home Tuesday.”
That match was May 3, played after The Times went to press.
“Individual sections are Thursday and Friday at Oak Park in Stockton,” added Diaz, with several Cougars ready to move on to that level.
Prior to the SOS Club tourney play, the Cougars finished up Trans-Valley League matches, crafting an 8-1 win over Hughson on Monday, April 25 and a 7-2 win over Mountain House on Tuesday, April 26.
“Michael Medina had a tough match. His opponent was strong and took him to a third set,” Diaz said of Medina taking on Hughson’s top boys singles player. “Michael changed his strategy, adjusted his game, and won the match. He played great.”
The Cougars were also strong in their finale, taking seven of the nine matches against the visiting Mustangs.
“David Martinez and Tommy Pangan played a great match together,” Diaz said of the top boys doubles team topping Mountain House 6-3, 6-1.