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Bulldog tennis wins fourth straight to open DAL season

By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

Don’t look now but the Alhambra tennis team has quietly pulled together a 4-0 team record in Diablo Athletic League play this season. After their most recent win, a blowout 9-0 win over Ygnacio Valley, the girls are at the top of the league.

Number one singles player Callie Johnson made easy work of her opponent, only dropping a single game in each set. She won 6-1,6-1.

Number two singles player Morgan Azevedo also won her match, however he win came in a less conventional manner. Her opponent had to go to work.

“[Winning by default] was really unfortunate because Morgan was coming back strong after being down 0-3 in the first set to bring it back to 5-5,” coach Sarah Gallagher said. “She was looking very good and then the match was ended.”

Number three singles player Sophie Hughes sized up her opponent figuring out early she had a strong forehand but not much of a backhand. Hughes used that weakness to her advantage and played to her backhand. She ended up winning 6-2, 6-0.

Number four singles player Caserra Alva wasn’t on the court for very much time on Tuesday afternoon, but with good reason. She won her match easily  by a mark of 6-0, 6-0. That ended up being a nice change of pace for Alva, whose last two matches were won in third set tie breakers.

Number five singles player Nicole Nelson had a solid win today, a much deserved win too. Her line read 6-2, 6-2.

Number six singles player Rachel George was the first to come off the court on Tuesday, winning 6-0, 6-1 in dominating fashion.

In doubles action for the Bulldogs, the Alhambra duos had a bit more to contend with than the singles players, but battled for wins all the same.

Number one doubles duo Katie Foerste and Julia Giannini played an even first set with two very strong net players. The set went back and forth until the freshman pair closed it out 6-4. In the second set Ygnacio’s players found their groove and were poaching at the net putting away winners. Alhambra lost the second set 2-6. But in the 10-point decisive tie breaker the girls pulled it out 10-8 to win the match.

“Impressive poise to keep it going and win a tough match,” Gallagher said of the two freshmen players.

Number two doubles team Sam McGinley and Bri Coria continued to show signs that they’re getting better as a team. They were looking confident and controlled putting away shots at the net and digging out some great returns, winning 6-0, 6-3.

Number three team Brianna Griffin and Maggie Avila are a quiet steady force according to Gallagher. They continue to improve in their second year of tennis, and won 7-5, 6-2.

The Bulldog girls will face their toughest test of the season on Oct. 6, after Tribune deadline as they host Clayton Valley Charter-Concord.

About Gerardo Recinos

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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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