Granite Bay’s Low battles, comes up short in SFL tennis final

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Granite Bay High School tennis player Zach Low fought hard, played well and earned respect at the Sierra Foothill League singles tournament Monday in Rocklin.

“He just came up against someone who’s in another league with Brett Bacharach,” Grizzlies coach Rory Wood said.

Low, seeded second, lost to the top-seeded Bacharach 6-2, 6-1 in the championship match. Bacharach won the SFL singles title for the third time in his four-year career.

Low advanced to the final with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Brandon Renslo of Woodcreek and a 6-4, 6-2 win over third-seeded Chris Hartman of Rocklin.
Wood encouraged Low to play hard and give Bacharach the best match he could.

“When you shake hands, Brett will respect you for that,” Wood said. “I was impressed with Zach. He played well, some good, solid, hard-fought tennis.”

Granite Bay’s Matt Thompson, seeded fourth, lost to Bacharach 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinals and then came back to beat Hartman 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 for third place.
Thompson defeated Lucas Hauptman of Rocklin 6-0, 6-0 in his first match.

“I’m very proud and positive about the day,” Wood said, noting the six games Thompson won against Bacharach. “That was the closest anybody came to Brett, that first-set 6-4 loss. Brett’s typically won 0 and 1 the entire league.”

Roseville’s Dallas Guerrero advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Lenny Kirshbaum of Nevada Union, and Sean Flynn of Roseville defeated Gabe Ezcurra of Del Oro 6-1, 6-1. Guerrero then lost to Bacharach 6-1, 6-0, and Flynn fell to Hartman 6-2, 6-1.

In the B flight, Chinar Sheth and Jake Keester of Granite Bay each lost in the semifinals to Rocklin opponents.

Keester, seeded second, beat Roseville’s Kevin Tran 6-1, 6-2 in the quarterfinals, and Sheth surprised fourth-seeded Stenner Craig of Del Oro 6-1, 1-6, 10-4. Sheth’s first match also went three sets, a 5-7, 6-2, 10-7 nod over Roseville’s Monroe Chabrier.