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Section title string grows to six for Granite Bay tennis

Grizzlies add their first Division I banner to five in Division II
By: Robbie Enos
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Identical twins Chloe and Lily Forlini set the tone for yet another Sac-Joaquin Section championship for Granite Bay High School’s girls tennis team.

The Grizzlies secured their sixth consecutive banner — and first in Division I — with a 7-2 victory over Davis on Wednesday at Feist Park.

“For many, many years, we’ve had a solid three or four girls that are tournament and year-round players,” Granite Bay coach Rory Wood said. “Those girls have been the backbone and foundation of the team. That automatically gives us the depth. That’s the key in high school tennis.”

Chloe Forlini won her match at No. 1 singles 6-2, 6-2, and Lily Forlini won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2.

“I just decided to stay focused and play one game at a time,” Chloe Forlini said. “I went out there and got an early lead, and I finished it off. All of my teammates have been staying strong. That’s how all of the girls on our team like to do it.”

Kammy Kecki, Lauren Bonham and Kayla Cline also scored victories to give Granite Bay five of the six singles matches. The Grizzlies also took two of three in doubles with the teams of Annalise DeMarco and Brooke Williams, and Kristen Hilburn and Hailey Lederer winning.

“We all have a really strong bond,” Chloe Forlini said. “We have a lot of fun together, so we get pumped up for every match. So that’s really good for our game. We all cheer each other on.”

The team has been nothing short of destructive on its path to its first Division I title. The Grizzlies took out tennis power St. Francis 8-1 in the semifinals. The Troubadours won the previous seven Division I championships.

The Sierra Foothill League’s bump to Division I this school year barely phased the Grizzlies.

“The Sierra Foothill League has been relatively easy,” Wood said. “We’ve had competition from Del Oro and Rocklin in the last couple of years, but the moment we get into the sections, we don’t take it lightly.”