Yosemite High's Natalya Choin won the North Sequoia League girls tennis title for the second consecutive year Oct. 16 at Kerman.
What made this year's title different, is she beat her own team mate, Angie Du for the championship.
Du came into the league tournament seeded No. 3 behind Chowchilla's No. 2 seed Lylybell Baez. Du played one of her best matches of the season to knock off Baez in a close match, 8-6, and advance to the championship match with her teammate after Choin defeated Ann Hayes of Liberty in her semi-finale match. Both seniors, Choin and Du, won three matches to advance to the title match.
Choin defeated Du 6-1, 6-1 for her second league title. Choin placed second at the league tournament as a sophomore.
"Natalya is a great player," Du said. "There's a reason she is No. 1 on our team and has won the league title two years in a row."
Coach Aaron Eames said Choin is a good finesse player who can put the ball whereever she wants on the court.
"Angie has a lot of heart and just grinds it out," said Eames. "In her third semi-finale match, she came back after being behind and won the third set in a tie-breaker. She just wanted it more."
Choin said she was happy and proud to win the league title for the second time, but is also a little sad knowing her four years with the Badger tennis team is coming to an end.
"It's been a wonderful experience," said Choin who hopes to continue playing tennis in college.
Du placed fourth in the league tournament last year and was pleased with this year's second place.
"It's a great accomplishment for me and I'm glad I played my best tennis of the season at the league tournament," Du said.
Both Choin and Du, who had identical 11-1 records on the season, will play in today's (Thursday) CIF Central Section D-III championship tournament.
The top four single players from the each division will play in the valley championship event Saturday, Nov. 2 at Buchanan High in Fresno.
The Yosemite team placed second in the North Sequoia League this season with an 8-2 record behind league champions Liberty High who was undefeated.
The team is seeded No. 4 in Div-III and drew a bye for today's first round of play-offs. The Badgers will host Hoover in a semi-finale round on Oct. 30.
"We beat them earlier in the season, so we feel we have a good chance to beat them and advance to the D-III semi-finals," Eames said.