Playing without three of their top 12 players Wednesday, the Davis High girls tennis team managed a signature singles win — by Lauren Duan at No. 2 — but fell to visiting Oak Ridge, 7-2, at the Davis High Tennis Complex.
The Blue Devils (0-2), who nearly got past the Trojans last week on the road, now head to Clovis for the California High School Tennis Classic today through Saturday.
On Wednesday, Duan was the star for DHS, posting a 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 victory over an Oak Ridge player who last week won at No. 1 singles.
“She was behind 5-1 in the (third-set) tiebreaker and played like she was in the finals of a … tournament,” said Devil coach Sally Hosley. “Lauren kept her focus and determination to win the match, I was very proud of her performance. She played the toughest match I’ve seen in awhile.”
The other local win came at No. 3 doubles, where Addie O’Hanlon and Sherry Zheng moved into the lineup and outlasted their opponents, 7-6, 5-7, 10-8.
“I was very impressed with my No. 3 doubles,” Hosley said. “They are not (usually) in the top 12; they haven’t played together, but they came together and won in three sets. It was wonderful to see them communicate and play hard together as a doubles team.”
The other two doubles matches were competitive but Davis’ Angela Fleming and Elena Neale-Sacks lost, 6-7, 6-2, 10-8 at No. 1 and Michelle Bacigalupi teamed with Aydan Prime to fall, 7-6, 6-3 at No. 2.
In singles, Jenna Mould played tough but the Trojans’ No. 3 held on 7-5, 6-2 and Katherine Murdoch gave Oak Ridge’s No. 6 player a battle before dropping a 6-3, 6-3 match.