Golden West boys tennis coach Rosemarie knows her team still has two West Yosemite League matches remaining on the schedule, but that didn’t stop her from swelling with pride in celebration of the program’s most significant team victory of the last two decades.
By snapping Redwood’s 24-match win streak in West Yosemite League competition with a 7-2 victory Monday at Golden West, the Trailblazers put themselves in line for a share of the program’s first league title since 1992.
Golden West (16-4, 9-1) swept all six singles matches to deal Redwood (12-8, 10-1) its first league loss of the season with one match at Mt. Whitney remaining on the schedule after the Rangers won all 12 of their WYL matches last season. If the Trailblazers win their final two matches against at Lemoore and El Diamante, they will become the first team other than Redwood or El Diamante to share in the WYL boys tennis title since 1992 — which also happens to be the year Golden West won the only WYL boys tennis title in program history.
“Right now we just want to celebrate their hard work. It’s been a total team effort.” Lewis said. “It’s really overwhelming, especially for the [five] seniors that have never been really successful… It means a lot to the boys because they sit in the gym and they see that boys tennis hasn’t been very successful here at Golden West.”
Redwood won the top four singles matches to power a 6-3 win in its first match against Golden West this season. The Trailblazers flipped the script back on their own courts Monday by winning every singles match in straight sets. The Rangers won two of the three doubles matches, but the overall match was already over before those even started.
Juan Carlos Silva beat defending WYL singles champion Evan Morritse 6-4, 6-4 in the No. 1 singles match, giving Morritse his first loss of the season. Silva’s only other career victory against Morritse — who beat him 6-1, 6-2 in their first league meeting and 8-5 in the Visalia Invitational third place match — came last year during the league season, also at Golden West.
“It’s my house,” Silva said. “It doesn’t really matter if it’s his first loss. I guess I wanted it more.”
More important to Silva is what the win meant to his team.
“It’s very emotional,” Silva said. “It seems really exciting. It feels so amazing.”
Redwood can clinch a share of the WYL title with a win at Mt. Whitney, but Monday’s loss still seemed to leave a sour aftertaste for the Rangers.
“Redwood is spoiled as far as the tennis side goes,” Redwood coach Russ Brown said. “There’s a lot of pressure for this outcome. It’s a shame when something like a co-championship is looked at as something negative. It’s a fine accomplishment… It’s still a happy day at Redwood. There is a league championship here and we can be proud of that.
“Golden West was on a mission. Rosmarie has been around. She knows the history. She knows this is a big event. She’s been the doormat for many years. Kudos to Golden West… If I had to share it with any team I’m glad it’s Golden West.
“We did not play well today, but also there’s another team on the other side of the net that had something to do with it.”
Singles — Juan Carlos Silva (GW) d. Evan Morritse 6-4, 6-4; Stuart Bryan (GW) d. Dom Quintanilla 6-2, 6-2; Ben Price (GW) d. Mark Garcia 6-2, 7-6, 10-2; William Davila (GW) d. Ronald Vang 6-0, 6-3; Matt Duyst (GW) d. Jared Bigelow 6-0, 6-3; Brandon Romer (GW) d. Adam Miller 6-4, 6-4.
Doubles — Morritse/Quintanilla (R) d. Silva/Davila 9-7; Price/Duyst (GW) d. Garcia/James Choi 8-6; Vang/Sam Adalian (R) d. Andre Burgos / Billy Torres 7-2
Records: Redwood 12-8, 10-1. Golden West 16-4, 9-1.
Singles — Spencer Jones (MW) d. Aaron Gomez 6-4, 6-4; Eduardo Magallan (HW) d. Matt Mayes 6-3, 6-0; Nikola Cosic (MW) d. Joseph Gozun 6-0, 6-0; Hanak Sidu (HW) d. Quinn Connors 2-6, 6-0, 10-8; Felipe Donez (HW) d. Bryan Honely 6-2, 6-4; Ben Warmerdam (MW) d. Eduardo Garcia 6-4, 6-7, 10-8.
Doubles — Magallan/Donez (HW) d. Jones/Connors 8-3; Cosic/Mayes (MW) d. Gomez/Eric 8-3; Sidu/Yonas (HW) d. Abraham Bonilla / Homero Ruiz 8-2.
Singles — Tim Park (ED) d. Lucas Brown 6-4, 3-6, 10-7; Michael Sinaga (L) d. Marshall Dinkins 6-4, 6-3; Derek Galvan (ED) d. Ethan Ashby 6-0, 6-0; Paul Kim (ED) d. Tyler Evans 2-6, 6-2, 10-2; Alex Brumley (ED) d. Chance Stinger 6-1, 6-3; David Brown (ED) d. Kenzo Jones 7-5, 6-1.
Doubles — Park/Galvan (ED) d. Brown/Sinaga 9-7; Dinkins/Brumley (ED) d. Ashby/Evans 8-5; Min Kim / Matt Miller (ED) d. Joe Navarro / Jalen Coleman 8-1.