The Yosemite High tennis team (2-3, 0-2 NSL), with six of the top eight players as sophomores, lost two league matches last week - a 9-0 contest to Kerman on the road, and a close 5-4 loss to Sierra at home.
Like so many other teams in the Mountain Area, the team lost four days of practice, including two matches, the week before due to unhealthy air caused by the Rough Fire.
In the Sierra match, played Sept. 17., No. 2 player Ari Bhalla moved up to No. 1 as Lauren Wharton was out sick. Bhalla defeated Sierra’s No. 1 player, Bailey Runnells, and Yosemite’s No. 2 player, Kendall Miller, defeated her Sierra opponent, Allisa Hastie.
Yosemite’s Madilyn Sloas won the No. 6 match.
Bhalla and Miller teamed-up to win the No. 1 doubles match against Runnells and Hastie.
“Inexperience and illness has made it tough on us in the fist half of league play,” Coach Aaron Eames said. “We hope to do better in the second half of league play.”