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Tennis Team Takes Down Pair Of League Opponents
Seen from the vantage point of the opposing side of the net, Escalons Courtney Ney sends the ball back over in recent tennis action. She was part of two different mixed doubles pairings this week, both times coming off the court with wins. Marg Jackson/The Times

Taking the courts for a pair of games this week, the Escalon Cougars tennis team won both, defeating Hughson and Mountain House.

They earned an 8-1 win over Hughson to open the week, the only loss of the day coming in boys doubles.

Wins came for boys singles Everardo Peralta, 6-2, 6-4; Michael Medina, 6-3, 6-2; girls singles Taylor Laugero, 6-1, 6-1; Josie Redberg, 6-0, 6-0.

“Everardo Peralta played a great match. I talked to him about strategy during a change over, and he adjusted his game accordingly,” said head coach Staci Diaz. “He played smart and was focused the entire match. It was fun to watch.”

Doubles play saw the boys doubles of David Martinez and Trenton Busch, battle but fall in a 1-6, 3-6 decision. The other pairing, Josiah Beltran with Tommy Pangan, earned a 4-6, 6-0, 10-3 (tiebreaker) win. Girls doubles teams both took match wins as well, with Mia DeVecchio and Nicole Sarkozy teaming for a 6-0, 7-5 victory and Allison Rigg and Brooklyn Berry crafting a 6-2, 6-2 win.

Jairo Duran and Courtney Ney represented Escalon in the mixed doubles and won by a 6-4, 6-1 margin.

Friday afternoon play saw the Cougars facing off with Mountain House and taking a 6-3 win. Peralta and Medina had a tough go of it, each losing to their Mustang opponent, Peralta by a 1-6, 1-6 decision at number one boys and Medina at 1-6, 5-7 in the number two boys slot.

The girls singles came away with easy wins, Laugero winning 6-0, 6-1 and Redberg by a 6-3, 6-1 final.

Doubles play saw Martinez and Beltran teamed in the boys and falling 6-1, 4-6, 4-6 in a tight contest. Second boys Duran and Pangan crafted a 6-4, 6-3 win, and both girls doubles teams were successful as well, DeVecchio and Sarkozy rolling to a 6-2, 6-1 win and Rigg with Berry, winning 6-2, 6-1.

Trenton Busch teamed with Courtney Ney in mixed doubles and the two earned a 7-6 (9-7), 6-3 win.

“Jairo and Tommy’s match was the fifth win, and Josie was the one to push the score to 6-3,” Diaz said of getting the win and solidifying the final score. “Trenton and Courtney battled in the first set. They changed their playing style, communicated with each other, and improved their game. David Martinez, Allison Rigg, and Brooklyn Berry all had aces. It was a great day.”