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Granite Bay edges Oak Ridge in SJS team tennis

By: Press Tribune sports staff
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After losing the section final to Oak Ridge one year ago, the Granite Bay boys tennis team exacted a measure of revenge Tuesday as the Grizzlies aced out a 5-4 win in the first round of this year’s event. Oak Ridge did well in the higher-seeded contests, but was taken down by the depth of Granite Bay as the Grizzlies lost the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles matches, but did very well down the card. Senior Drew Forlini took care of business in the No. 2 singles and fellow team captain Paul Bonnie won the No. 5 match. Veteran Matt Veneman also won his duel at No. 6 singles, while the Grizzly freshman trio was not as successful. Max Vogt lost a close two-set match at No. 1 singles and No. 4 Jake Keester fell short in three sets. Kyle Pawlak did represent the freshman crew well, taking a 7-6 third set to win the No. 3 singles match. Oak Ridge took No. 2 doubles in addition to the top match, but Granite Bay’s No. 3 pair, Matt Palkowski and Kevin Carlson, locked down their contest to secure the team win. The Grizzlies move on to the quarterfinals today with a trip to Woodland and a date with Pioneer. Full results: Singles 1. Schmutte O def. Vogt GB 6-4,7-6 2. Forlini GB def. Hall O 7-6-6-2 3. Pawlak GB def. Hall O 2-6,6-2,7-6 4. Cham O def. Keester GB 6-2,2-6,6-4 5. Bonnie GB def. Hasse O 6-3,6-0 6. Veneman GB def. Kim O 6-1,6-2 Doubles 1. Davis/ Atkinson O def. Bell/ Spickler GB 6-1,6-3 2. Heller/Moscatelli O def. Hunter/McDonald 7-6,4-6,6-3 3. Palkowski/Carlson GB def. Warren/Cahill O 6-4,6-4