Dogs edge out Pittsburg Pirates

Alhambra’s Callie Johnson won her match on Sept 15, 6-1, 6-1. (GERARDO RECINOS / Martinez Tribune)
Alhambra’s Callie Johnson won her match on Sept 15, 6-1, 6-1. (GERARDO RECINOS / Martinez Tribune)
By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

Alhambra tennis battled to a big 5-4 victory over the Pittsburg Pirates as the Diablo Foothill Athletic League campaign approaches.

“It is always a great match up with Pittsburg – good competitive tennis and great sportsmanship,” said Coach Sarah Gallagher.

Top singles Katie Hoffman played a very tough opponent who is at the top of her league, Ivy Hughes. She lost 0-6, 0-6 but not without a fight with some deuce games and some really good points.

Number two singles player Johana DeBrauwene had to default after the second set due to a job interview but did play a first set 2-6 in one of the more unusual finishes of the season so far.

Veronika Olson looked commanding in the number three singles spot on Wednesday, playing solid forehand drives and showing quick court coverage by getting to some difficult return shots, plus some good serves. She beat a solid Pittsburg player in Brigette Easley-Olson by a mark of 6-2, 6-1. 

Callie Johnson played Tiffany Vo and won 6-1, 6-1 in an impressive start of the season for Johnson as a singles player this season.

Ava Garashasbi played some relaxed, focused tennis on Wednesday, eventually winning in a tiebreaker set.

“She stays in every point and never gives in. It really paid off today as she played an equal competitor a long, steady, well played match,” said Gallagher of Garashasbi, who won 6-4, 3-6, 10-8 in the tiebreaker.

Caserra Nunez, who is still new to the varsity singles game, played very well. She battled an even opponent going the distance but ending up losing in a close one,  6-4, 3-6, 8-10.

In doubles action, Nicole Nelson and Brie Coria-Lopez played a dynamic duo at the number one spot. Pittsburg was a power at this spot, and they played to their strengths to beat the Bulldog duo.

“They played hard, played to win, but just could not match Pitt today,” Gallagher said.

At number two doubles, Victoria Orozco and Marina Perez played a very good match up with Pittsburg’s Lillian Pineda and Jonaleen Mercado. Both teams were evenly matched and had some very good points. It seemed it took awhile for Pittsburg to warm up, but when they did it was a tough match.  

After two and a half hours the match went to the Alhambra team 6-0, 6-6 (2-7) and 12-10 in a tiebreaker set.
 
Sarah Cass and Mimi Vo rounded up the varsity action, and also had a close match up and going the three sets. As the deciding win, the final duo gave Alhambra the win. The Bulldog team won the first set 6-1, then lost the second in a tiebreaker 6-6 (4-7) before taking the final set 10-6 in the 10 point tie break.

The Bulldogs played against Miramonte in their DFAL opener on Thursday afternoon after Tribune deadline.

About Gerardo Recinos

Gerardo Recinos is a journalist currently living in Concord, Calif. He is a recent graduate of San Francisco State University, with a degree in Journalism (History minor). Gerardo covers sports throughout Martinez and Pleasant Hill. It's his lifelong mission to get people in the U.S. to stop calling football "soccer," and to call American football "handegg."

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