Friday, March 6, 2015

Blue Devils go down swinging

November 10, 2010 |

Enterprise staff writer


On a chilly Wednesday afternoon at the Community Park Tennis Complex, the Davis High School girls got the cold shoulder from visiting St. Mary\’s (Stockton).


Hoping to get to a Friday rematch with St. Francis for the Sac-Joaquin Section title, the Blue Devils were outplayed early and suffered a 6-3 playoff defeat as the Rams dominated singles play.


“After watching (Wednesday) especially, the thing I take away from this season is that we need to beef up our preseason schedule with more competitive matches,” first-year DHS coach Sally Hosley said as the 2010 season came to an end. “Also, we might have looked ahead.”


As Devil singles players Grace Landon and Naomi Wainwright appeared in trouble early, Davis doubles partners Kelly Chuck and Ginny Hartz were quickly dispatching the Ram duo of Lauren Fisher and Sierra Zeiter, 6-2, 6-2.


But Landon shortly thereafter fell to Kate Precissi, 6-2, 6-1. When Lindsey Williams checked in with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Wainwright, all eyes turned to the No. 1 singles match — DHS\’ Inés Guinard against Christiana Ferrari.


The sight wasn\’t pretty for Blue Devil faithful …


Using her best Wimbledon grunt, coach\’s daughter Ferrari handled Guinard 6-2 in the first set. Down early in the second, Guinard conferred with Hosley. The sophomore was concerned that she wasn\’t getting accurate calls from her opponent and requested observers. They didn\’t matter, as Ferrari went on to a 6-1 second-set nod and the decision.


Hanna Jolkovsky and Megan Williams kept Davis\’ hope alive when they finished off Erica Arnold and Makenna Wilkinson, 6-3, 7-5.


However, the late returns painted a bleak picture. Down went Devil Ceci Cajandig, 6-1, 6-7 (7-5), 6-3, to Allie Seals. Then Anna Klavins fell, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0, to Elizabeth Stephens.


“I was surprised by how much better St. Mary\’s was this year than last,” Klavins said. “It\’s been a great season … and everyone worked hard for this match. They just improved more than we did.”


As DHS was closed out at 5-2, there were still two matches going. The Blue Devil tandem of Briki Cajandig and Caron Miller pushed Maddie Ellis and Celeste Johnson before losing 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3).


That was at 4:50 p.m. With the sun going down and public players queuing up to use the courts, the already-two-hour semifinal meeting continued.


Davis senior Mari Cajandig wasn\’t letting her teammates go quietly. In a marathon match with Leah Figone, Cajandig won the first set 7-5, but was struggling in the second. Around 5 p.m., Figone finally squared the match.


Since everyone else had packed up their racquets, both coaches decided to have the girls play a super-tiebreaker for the win. Ten quick points was the rationale.


Quick? After opening a four-point lead, Cajandig had to battle to stave off three straight match points, tying things at 10-all. Quick? It wasn\’t until 52 minutes later that Figone sent a stroke long, ending the tie-breaker at 20-18.


“Yeah, I knew we had lost already,” an exhausted Cajandig said after being mobbed by teammates. “But I still wanted to win.”


Notes: Davis traditionally plays St. Mary\’s mid-season. It didn\’t happen this year, probably for two reasons: 1, Veteran Blue Devil coach Paul Ochs retired and 2, longtime Ram mentor Diane Kern died suddenly in February. Larry Ferrari, a Stockton area district attorney and father of singles-winner Christiana, took over in a pinch. Hosley says the in-season rivalry will be renewed. … Hosley is a Lincoln (Stockton) High graduate. … “The thing I love about Mari, she makes her opponent win the point,” Hosley added. On four occasions Cajandig and Figone used 25 or more strokes to win a point.


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