The Highlanders finished fourth in Division 3 at the California Tennis Classic in Fresno on September 6-7. The two-day tournament featured teams from all over the state.
The Highlanders played five team matches. They opened on September 6 against the host school, Clovis West-Fresno. Each team won three matches and Piedmont got the team win based on sets won.
“Overall, the tennis was very good”, said Coach Jim Landes. “All of our 12 girls were able to play at least twice, and many played more than that.”
Piedmont won all three doubles matches. Amanda Becker and Audrey Call took the No. 1 doubles match, 6-1, 6-2.
Piedmont then lost to Manteca, 4-2. Again, the Highlanders lost all three singles matches, but Becker and Call again won the No. 1 doubles, 7-5. 6-2. Piedmont won No. 2 as well but dropped the third doubles match.
The Highlanders completed the first day by shutting out Santa Ynez, 6-0. Audrey Edel defeated Claire Collison in the No. 1 singles match, 7-6 (1), 6-3. Bridgette McEfee won the No. 2 singles over Alana Hinkens, 6-0, 6-2. Lily Orta downed Clara Newton at No. 3 singles, 6-4, 6-1.
Piedmont began September 7 with a 6-0 win over Buchanan-Clovis No. 2. Emily Becker won the No. 1 singles match over Alina Sheikh, 6-1, 6-1. Audrey Edel beat Carlee Gonderon, 7-5, 6-2. Audrey Call and Amanda Becker won a nice battle at No. 1 doubles over Samantha George and Jordan Bartel, 5-7, 6-4, 10-4. Orta and Maddie Young teamed up to defeat Makinzie Gasser and Lethy Palomera 6-4, 6-2. Anne Jumper and Michaela Bini took the No. 3 doubles match over Brooklyn Wheeler and Kylee Barnes, 7-5, 5-7, 10-8.
Piedmont finished by defeating Bakersfield Christian, again splitting the matches and winning on sets. Bridgette Ferguson had a strong win for the Highlanders at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 7-6 (7).
Photos by Brian Mahany