Tennis slated for Valley Tourney

By Andrea Camarena

Coming through for the Monarchs, as expected, No. 1 seeded doubles team, Hannah Heuer and Stephanie Ford charged through last weekend's East Sequoia League tournament ending in third place and guaranteeing them an appearance at next weekend's Valley tournament in Bakersfield.

The pair won three of four matches on Saturday on their home court. After bringing down teams from Woodlake and Lindsay in the first and second rounds, Heuer and Ford struggled through a 6-3, 6-3 loss to Immanuel's Kellye Statton and Heidi Jackson. The loss put them in the consolation bracket where they dominated Immanuel's No. 3 seeded team of Anna Ataide and Sandy Klassen , 3-6, 6-1, 11-9.

No. 3 seeded singles player Eva Rodriguez broke her winning streak in the team's final match against Immanuel but she came back strong in the ESL tournament. Rodriguez took wins over Corcoran's doubles in the first two rounds. Although she fell in her final two matches, the two victories earned Rodriguez a spot in the Valley tournament.

Though Heuer, Ford and Rodriguez will be the only three Monarchs to compete in the Valley tournament, their teammates also had successful showings at the ESL tournament. Every competing player from Exeter made it into the second round of play. In the singles, Brittney Hager won her first round match 8-4 and followed it up with a 8-0 defeat. Shea Cosart won her wild card round 8-1 and fell 8-1 in the next round.

In the doubles tournament, Michelle Landers and Garkay Wong defeated took the wild card round 8-5 to fall to Immanuel's Statton and Jackson duo, 8-0.

The outstanding tournament showing followed a blowout season closer when Exeter hosted Immanuel in a 17-1 Eagles victory. The single win for the Monarchs came out of a forfeit by Immanuel's Heidi Jackson in the third round of singles matches.

Unable to get past the Eagles for a second time this season, the Monarch's closed league play with a winning 10-3 record.

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