Granite Bay, Roseville dominate early rounds in section tennis
From a small patch of greenbelt at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club on Thursday, a tennis fan could watch Granite Bay High School twins Chloe and Lily Forlini take apart another duo on Court 10 while Oakmont’s Allie Doerr and Lauren Griffin battled next door on Court 11. On Court 2, the Roseville doubles team of Ada Ukaegbu and Bianca Luna dominated again, and Granite Bay’s Kammy Kecki followed a quick victory by sister Kara Kecki with a rout of her own.
The Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Tournament featured two singles players from the Sierra Foothill League and two SFL doubles teams in the semifinals Friday. On top of that, Kara and Kammy Kecki were the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds in singles, the Forlinis No. 1 in doubles and Ukaegbu and Luna No. 2.
The Forlinis won by default in the first round and dusted Marissa and Anna Ditler of Pioneer 6-0, 6-2 in the second round, crushing the ball from the front and back rows and zipping winners through the smallest of holes in their opposition.
“You just kinda wait and see where they move, and attack,” Chloe Forlini said.
The Forlinis are unbeaten this season and on a mission to win their third consecutive section championship. Their record includes a three-set victory over Ukaegbu and Luna in the SFL tournament. That was when Ukaegbu and Luna began playing doubles together.
They lost just two games Thursday, burying Allie Yamamoto and Sam Wang of McClatchy 6-1, 6-1 and Taylor Mendez and Tiffany Liu of Los Banos 6-0, 6-0.
“They have good balance. Ada can put balls away, and Bianca is a steady back wall. They really complement each other,” Roseville coach Donny Nush said.
“They’re communicating well. That’s what I expect from two seniors with a lot of experience.”
Kara Kecki recorded 6-0, 6-0 shutouts over Vannida Nguyen of Manteca-Sierra and Marifer Ochoa of Ceres. Kammy Kecki was impressive herself with 6-1, 6-1 victories over Hannah Poukish of Yuba City and Lindsay Donovan of Christian Brothers.
Doerr and Griffin defeated Wendy Lin and Rosa Zou of Manteca 6-4, 6-1 but fell to Olga Yulayeva and Alice Ni of Mira Loma 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.
“Once you hit that second round, you’re playing very strong teams, and they played well,” Oakmont coach Kevin Chorjel said. “They had some good points. I’m really proud of how they played throughout the season and how they finished the season. We have an attitude on the Oakmont team, and they’ve kept that good attitude.”