There has been no stopping the Lodi High girls tennis team so far this fall, and the Flames continued rolling through their Tri-City Athletic League schedule with Wednesday’s 8-1 win over Tokay at Twin Arbors Athletic Club.
So far in four league matches, nobody has been able to take more than two points off of Lodi.
“I’m just really proud of the way the girls are competing, and it’s nice that they’re competing and winning the way they are,” Lodi coach Jill Kelsey said. “And there’s no exchange students on the team this year, all the girls are from Lodi High. Exchange students are a wonderful addition to the team, but a couple of girls have wondered how we can do without exchange students, and now here we are, and they’re doing great.”
The only Tokay player to take a match from Lodi was Nerea Arellano, who defeated CeCe Reiff 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4 singles. Lodi took the other five singles matches in straight sets — Nikki Barajas over Anna Osborne 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1, Emma Canepa over Jessika Swanson 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2, Maddie Wells over Lexi Henry 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3, Lauren Wall over Kristen Fukunaga 6-2, 6-3 at No. 5 and Gabi Borra over Geraldine Fabro 6-1, 6-1 at No. 6.
Lodi’s depth was on full display in the doubles matches, with Mia Carouba/Jenna Mulrooney defeating Jasmin Gill/Jasmine Shergill 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1, Macey Machado/Fran Petersen defeating Molly Robison/Zoe Workman 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 and Alyssa Mataga/Kaylee Mataga defeating Yadira Medina/Clara Luna 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3.
That depth will be put to the test over the next couple of weeks, first with today’s match against St. Mary’s, which is a perennially competitive team, then with players on vacation during Lodi High’s two weeks off starting Monday.
That will send at least three players that have only played exhibition matches so far this year into the top 12.
“That will make things different, because they haven’t been put in that kind of situation before,” Kelsey said. “I’d like to, but you can’t take somebody and boot them out of the top 12 when they earned the right to play in the top 12.
“The Lincoln match, when I’ve got girls gone, will be a tougher match. Even though we beat them 9-0, we had three matches that went three sets.”
Tokay (0-4) will also have its hands full during the break, with matches against St. Mary’s, Tracy and Lincoln during the break.