Card's open 2nd round of ESL with close loss Tigers

By Andrea Camarena

The Cardinals struggled through another two matches last week.

They came close in their contest with Woodlake, defeating the Tigers in the doubles matches, but falling in the singles, for an overall score of 7-11, Woodlake.

The Cardinals returned home on Thursday, Sept. 30 to host the Woodlake Tigers in the opening game of the season's second round of East Sequoia League play.

The team's strong suit once again proved to be the doubles play. The No. 1 doubles team of Yadira Leon and De De Lopez went undefeated in their three rounds of play. Lopez and Leon continue to prove their strengths against all caliber of opponents. This week they brought down each of their Tiger competitors winning the first game 6-3 over the No. 3 pair. The second round put them at a 6-4 advantage over Woodlake. And finally they brought down their counterparts, the Tiger's No. 1 doubles team, 6-2.

The Cardinals second doubles pair also put in a successful showing as they won two of their three sets. Jackie Khal and Cristina Cadena defeated the No. 2 Tiger team 7-6. They also dominated in a tiebreaker with No. 3 Sofia Charez and Daniela Flores, 7-4.

By the end of play, the Lindsay doubles team had the Tigers beat at 6-3 in three rounds.

But the victory was just out of reach as only one win came out of the Cardinals singles matches. No. 1 singles player Ivet Soria defeated Woodlake's Priscilla Ruiz 6-4 in her first match of the day. She followed it up with a tie-breaking loss to the Tiger's No. 2, Frances Lara, 5-7.

Earlier in the week, the Cardinals travelled to Orosi for their last game of the first round of league. Lindsay took a big hit falling 3-15 to the Orosi Cardinals. The only winning matches came from Soria, who came out on top 6-2 then 6-1 against Orosi's No. 2 and No. 3 singles players. Leon and Lopez only managed to squeeze one win out of their three doubles matches. The No. 1 pair took out Orosi's No. 2, 6-2.

The Cardinal's next chance to put away their first win will be on Thursday, Oct. 7, when they travel to Dinuba to challenge the Emperors.

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