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Girl's Tennis: Pajaro Valley wins its first league title

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 30th, 2013




The Grizzlies got it done.

Behind a senior heavy team, the Pajaro Valley Grizzlies girl’s tennis team finished their season with a 9-1 league record which was just good enough for their first-ever Monterey Bay Area Pacific title.

“It feels awesome, it feels so cool,” said Pajaro Valley head coach John Tarr with a wide smile. “They earned it. We flat-out earned it. There were other good teams, we had tough matches. It was a very competitive flight of teams.”

The Grizzlies took down the Gilroy Mustangs 5-2 for the league-crown clinching win Tuesday on their senior night.

“We’ve worked really hard,” said No. 1 singles player Katiana Guillen, who won her match 6-2, 6-1. “It just shows how hard we’ve worked and how much we’ve improved.”

But it didn’t come easy.

The Grizzlies were forced to move their normal No. 3 and No. 4 girls up a slot because their normal No. 2, Christina Rodriguez, was not available to play.

Kiana Vela-deLuna stepped into the No. 2 spot and squeezed out the deciding match with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Jessica Martin.

“It was a tough match today,” Tarr said. “We’re just happy to get through this match any way we could.”

Jennifer Soriano played in the No. 3 spot and beat Sinead Jernijan 6-1, 6-0.

No. 3 doubles team Jesica Mucino and Cynthia Molina won their match 6-4, 6-1, and No. 1 doubles Chelsi Ocampo and Romina Rodriguez won 6-3, 6-2 and waited patiently for their team to finish the match with the win and a league title.

The first-time champions will play the Hollister Haybalers, the second place team in the MBL Gabilan, for a chance at a Central Coast Section playoffs berth.

The Grizzlies went down to the Balers earlier in the year in a 6-1 loss, but Tarr said he believes his girls can compete with them.

“We’re looking forward to a rematch with them,” Tarr said. “They have a strong team, but we are definitely good enough to compete with them. They were a stronger team then us, but our team was not as good as it is now.”

Their match starts at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.

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