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Perfect run through league for Cougar tennis team
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Several Escalon tennis players wrapped up the league season by earning All-TVL honors this year. Recognized were, back row from left, Paloma Lara, Emma Rangel, Kali Castellanos, Nathan Rose, Marina Franzia, Violet Da Silva, Landon Underwood, Maddox Neilson. In front, Luca Cerasi, left, and Daniel Adams. Photo Contributed

Closing out the regular season against Hughson, the Escalon tennis team got the victory on April 17, completing a championship run that saw them compile a 10-0 record in league play.

It wasn’t easy, but the Cougars edged out the host Huskies by a 5-4 decision.

In singles play, boys number two Nathan Rose was a 6-1, 6-1 winner while girls number one Kali Castellanos also won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.

Getting the wins in doubles play were number one boys Daniel Adams and Luca Cerasi, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1; number two boys Cooper Fugett and Logan Wentzell, 7-3 (6-6), 3-6, 6-1; and mixed doubles Violet Da Silva and Maddox Neilson, 6-4, 6-0.

Head coach Julianne Eavenson was selected as the TVL Coach of the Year and received that honor on Friday, April 19 at the league tournament.

The tournament itself was in Riverbank and there were a number of Escalon players recognized with All-League honors as well. Boys number one doubles Daniel Adams and Luca Cerasi, 10-0; mixed doubles Maddox Neilson and Violet Da Silva, 10-0, were All-TVL selections. Honored with 8-2 records were girls number one Kali Castellanos and number two Marina Franzia; girls number one doubles Emma Rangel and Paloma Lara; boys number two singles Nathan Rose. Boys number one singles Landon Underwood was selected with a 6-4 record.

“All of those kids got all league, which is 10 of our 14 varsity players,” Eavenson noted.

First place honors at the tournament competition were won by boys number one doubles Adams and Cerasi, mixed doubles Neilson and Da Silva.

Taking home second place honors were the girls doubles pairings of Rangel and Lara, Ashlyn Paxman and Carolina Sandoval.

Saturday, several players were back on the court, battling for spots in individual sections.

“My sophomore Nathan Rose qualified to play in singles sections at the number two seed. Daniel Adams and Luca Cerasi qualified for the number two seed in boys doubles individual sections,” Eavenson explained. “Paloma Lara and Emma Rangel qualified for individual girls doubles section; they will be playing May 13 at Oak Park in Stockton.”

The team now awaits its playoff pairing; they could earn a first-round bye or be in action as early as May 2.