With the Delta Valley Conference singles tournament being played at her home court on Tuesday, Davis High’s Cat Paw U wasn’t going to be denied.
The junior Blue Devil girls tennis standout lost just seven games on the day in three straight-set victories, including a 6-3, 6-2 victory over top-seeded Ashley Stone in the final match.
Paw U, the No. 2 seed, also got revenge for a loss to Stone just a few weeks ago.
“Cat was so prepared for (Tuesday’s) match that she made her win look effortless,” said DHS coach Sally Hosley. “She really stayed true to her game. Cat has amazing spin that frustrates her opponent, determination and consistency.
“(Tuesday) she had her entire package working. I honestly think it was the best match I’ve seen Cat play in her three years on the team. I was so proud of her performance and her sportsmanship.”
With the win — which came after a 6-0, 6-0 victory in the quarterfinals and a 6-1, 6-1 triumph in the semis — Paw U advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section Individual tournament set for Nov. 7.
Also competing for the Devils on Tuesday were fourth-seeded freshman Lauren Duan and sophomore Katherine Murdoch, normally a doubles player.
Duan earned an All-DVC nod by defeating Elk Grove’s Cassidy Shoop, 6-1, 6-2, before being knocked out in the semifinals by Stone (6-3, 6-0)
“Lauren started out strong against Stone in the semis, but it was hard to keep the lead,” Hosley explained. “Lauren has been such a pleasant surprise for me this year. Here she is a freshman, playing No. 4 singles and competing at such a high level. She is so focused on the court, which makes her such a tough competitor.”
Murdoch was eliminated in the quarterfinals, but that didn’t dampen Hosley’s enthusiasm for her showing so far in 2013.
“Katherine should really feel good about her performance (Tuesday) because she left everything out on the court,” said the Blue Devil coach. “She served well and trusted her strokes.
“Katherine played No. 20 on the team last year as a freshman and here she was (Tuesday) in the DVC singles individuals. She is continually improving, which is so wonderful to watch.”