Trojans end Grizzlies’ playoff run
Despite getting the No. 4 seed from their league and an improbable playoff road, Granite Bay High’s girls tennis team showed the entire section their real worth over the last two weeks.
The Grizzlies opened the postseason with a 9-0 sweep over No. 3 seed Atwater, before earning a 5-4 upset over the Delta League’s second-best team, Davis High, last Tuesday. Their momentum continued Monday with a convincing 8-1 decision over St. Mary’s (Stockton) before they encountered a road block.
Although they had a number of close matches, Granite Bay could not beat eventual section champion Oak Ridge in the semifinals Tuesday. The team dropped a 7-2 decision to the Trojans, who went on to beat St. Francis Wednesday with another 7-2 win and advance to the state tournament.
“We were on the road for all of our matches and St. Mary’s came into that match thinking they had a good chance of winning,” Granite Bay’s coach Tim Raney said. “But my girls had a very strong showing and took care of business, 8-1. We lost in the quarterfinals last year, so my girls were very happy they made the semifinals, and they earned it.”
Down 1-4 to the Trojans early, the Grizzlies took four matches into the third set, including all three doubles matches. Granite Bay’s No. 2 singles standout Kat Skrbec joined the team’s No. 2 doubles team of Ally Burnham and Kyla Myashiro in the win column, but the Grizzlies couldn’t pull off the upset. Oak Ridge took two of three doubles matches and sealed the 7-2 win.
“Even though we were down early, the girls fought hard and if we would have won all four of those three-set matches, we could have been playing in the finals,” Raney pointed out.
The Grizzlies will now enter the offseason, but have a good majority of talent coming back next year.
“We are losing five seniors this year, but I’m excited about the future,” Raney admitted. “The ones I have coming back, I feel really good about and I hope we can get back here.”