Forlini twins of Granite Bay win fourth section doubles crownBy: Bill Poindexter, Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
Alicia Alava and Vanessa Teves brought contrasting styles to their Sac-Joaquin Section Division I doubles championship match — one a heavy hitter, the other a softer swinger.
But the duo from Enochs High School in Modesto found out what every other doubles team has found out: No one and nothing stops Chloe and Lily Forlini.
The Granite Bay twins capped their illustrious career by becoming the first doubles team in section history to win four championships. The Forlinis dispatched Alava and Teves 6-1, 6-2 in the final Friday at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club.
On their way to the final, the Forlinis took out a team from Davis 6-0, 6-1, Turlock 6-0, 6-0 and Modesto-Gregori 6-2, 6-1.
“The strength of both Forlini twins was just too much,” Granite Bay coach Rory Wood said, adding their game has grown in all departments since winning the section title as freshmen in 2009. “A big part is they are twin sisters. They don’t get on each other’s case about mistakes. They’ve grown physically stronger and quicker. They’ve learned how to play the game of doubles. It’s a different game. They hit a much heavier ball. They’re disciplined.”
This was the first Division I title for the Forlinis, who recent gave verbal commitments to attend the Air Force Academy. They won their first three crowns in Division II.
Abby Bacharach of Del Oro won the singles championship to give the Sierra Foothill League a sweep in its first year in Division I. Bacharach went three sets in the first round and semifinals before defeating Jessica Josiah of St. Francis 6-3, 7-6 in the final.
Bacharach and the Forlini twins train year-round at Johnson Ranch.
“We’re proud to be SFLers,” Wood said.