Granite Bay tennis goes 10-0 in SFL, eyes sixth section banner in a row
Granite Bay High School begins its quest for a sixth consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section girls tennis banner Tuesday.
After winning five Division II titles in a row, the Grizzlies have moved into Division I and will act as hosts to either Delta Valley Conference runner-up Elk Grove or Monticello Empire League No. 3 Napa. Elk Grove and Napa play Monday.
Granite Bay completed a 10-0 run to the Sierra Foothill League championship with a 5-4 victory over Rocklin.
Kammy Kecki, Kayla Cline and Lauren Bonham won in straight sets at Nos. 1-3 singles, and the Grizzlies won two matches in doubles, coming back from a set down in each match. No. 1 Marissa Hayes and Brooke Williams won 2-6, 6-0, 6-4, and No. 2 Kristen Hilburn and Hailey Lederer won 5-7, 7-6, 10-7.
Rocklin will be host to Tri-City Athletic League No. 3 Lodi-Tokay on Monday, and SFL No. 3 Del Oro will travel to play San Joaquin Athletic Association No. 2 Tracy.
In Division II, CVC third seed Oakmont (6-4) will visit Metro No. 2 Kennedy on Monday. The winner advances to play WAC champ Los Banos on Tuesday.
The Vikings wrapped up the CVC campaign with 8-1 victories over Rio Linda and Casa Roble.
Roseville 3, Woodcreek 0 — The visiting Tigers (22-15, 4-3 SFL) made just six hitting errors in their 25-19, 25-18, 26-24 sweep of the Timberwolves.
With Jessica Yaranon setting, Abby Jensen had four of her team-high nine kills in the second set. Gabby Lyttle, filling in for the injured Kirsten Merlino, had eight kills, and outside hitter Jayme Lee had four of her eight kills in the first set.
“While not being very tall, Jayme makes up for her lack of height with a good jump and a strong approach,” Tigers coach Ron Grove said.
Jennifer Simon served for 11 points in the second set, including three aces, and libero Hayley Barnes and Corinne Smith led the digging effort in the back row.
Woodcreek (9-6-1, 5-4-1 SFL) edged Nevada Union 1-0 on Tuesday to clinch second place in the SFL and a berth in the Division I playoffs.
Del Oro (8-5-1, 4-5-1) lost to Roseville (5-12-2, 3-5-2) 4-2 on Tuesday, which forced a one-game playoff against Nevada Union (5-6-2, 4-5-1) on Thursday for the final playoff berth from the SFL.
Granite Bay (17-3-1, 9-1) won the title and earned the top seed for the playoffs, which begin Tuesday.
Boys water polo
Granite Bay 21, Jesuit 11 — Nathan Pinkney scored six goals and Jack Ellinthorpe four as the Grizzlies scored an impressive victory over the Marauders. Max Vigeant scored three goals and Alek Dendall and Chase Cooper two each for Granite Bay. Max Ellinthorpe, Kevin Wylder, Patrick Carroll and Keenan Koukol had one goal apiece.
Granite Bay 23, Nevada Union 6 — Red-hot Max Vigeant pumped in eight goals, and Jack Ellinthorpe and Nathan Pinkney scored four apiece to lead the Grizzlies over the Miners.
Alek Dendall scored three goals and Frankie Cervantes two. Max Munsell blocked five shots and Tyler Kenney four.
Oakmont 13, Roseville 12 — Nick Sapp had four goals, two assists and two steals for the Tigers in their loss to the Vikings. Evan Artica had two goals, four assists and two steals for Roseville. Elijah Keaton scored three goals, Kevin Gard two and Justin Young one for the Tigers.
Roseville 15, Whitney 10 — The Tigers bounced back from a 20-15 loss to Bear River with a victory over the Wildcats on Monday.
Evan Artica had four goals and three assists for Roseville, and Nick Sapp had two goals and four assists. Each has 55 goals this season. Justin Young, Jacob Darby, Eric Waters and Jared Samsel had two goals each, and Elijah Keaton had a goal and three assists. Chance Owen totaled 37 saves in the two matches.
Girls water polo
Granite Bay 5, Nevada Union 3 — Stiff defense and 17 blocked shots by goalie Sara Northam lifted the Grizzlies over the Miners.
Junior driver Grace Reego pumped a shot into the high corner and gave Granite Bay a 2-1 lead with a five-meter shot in the second quarter. Senior Hayley McAvoy, playing her last home game, scored two late goals, and sophomore Kat Conen gave the Grizzlies a 5-1 lead with a goal from four meters.
“We are very proud of how our girls kept their composure throughout most of the game,” coach Mike Saldana said. “They knew this was a must win, and everyone had great intensity in their defensive efforts.”