McAlister takes 4th; plays with broken foot

By Andrea Camarena

At the East Sequoia League Championship meet, Exeter's Dan McAlister took fourth place qualifying him for Valley Playoffs as an individual. But due to a non-tennis injury, McAlister was forced to forfeit his final match and will be unable to compete in playoff action due to a fractured foot.

Despitethe injury, McAlister defeated Immanuel's Aaron Zepeda in his only match of the day. He took the win 8-4.

&#8220We had a good year,” Exeter coach Jason Welch said. &#8220We missed one opportunity to beat Dinuba and it ended up costing us the championship. But there has been lots of maturity and growth.”

Woodlake also competed at the meet and No. 1 singles player Ulmaro Cuevas advanced to the third round of the tournament. He defeated Alejandro Mendoza of Orosi for an 8-2 victory.

&#8220 It was a pleasure to coach Woodlake this year,” Tiger coach Mike Judson said. &#8220 We didn't fair too well in the league standings, but the standings don't show how much we've accomplished this year.”

The Woodlake boys tennis program is only in its third year and the team has grown from eight to 10 to 16 players this season.

&#8220Players keep improving.  It's nice to hear coaches say things like, ‘I can’t believe how much your team has improved since we first played them.'” 

This season, Woodlake's No. 3 doubles team of senior Alex Garcia and sophomore Cesar Navarrete had an outstanding going 10-3 in league.

&#8220Our No. 1 player, Ulmaro Cuevas, had a tough season as he was forced to play our opponent's best player, but he never gave his opponent an easy match,” Judson said. &#8220He hustles all the time and his quickness allows him to return tough shots, always making his opponent hit one more shot. I think Ulmaro will be one of the top players in league next year as he enters his fourth and final season on the varsity team.”

The Tigers will lose two big-time contributors to graduation, seniors Alex Garcia and Jose Jimenez.

&#8220I am already looking forward to next year and competing for the top spots in league,” Judson said.

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