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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