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end, but I’ll con­tinue to root the girls on from afar.”

She and No. 1 dou­bles part­ner Jas­mine Se­bas­tian were not aware that the over­all vic­tor had al­ready been de­cided by the time they wrapped up a well-earned 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 win over Sara Howlett and Tay­lor Es­camilla. Pat­ter­son tweaked her hip mid­way through the match but did not let it and the re­sults of other con­tests af­fect her play.

“I just wanted to fo­cus on what was go­ing on on my court,” she said. “I just wanted to keep play­ing. I knew that I was not go­ing to end my ca­reer in ten­nis los­ing my last match.”

Sierra (13-4) per­formed ad­mirably from top to bot­tom against the Ea­gles (14-8), who come from the largest school in the bracket. Vista del Lago clinched the ti­tle af­ter Brooke Van Buskirk and Camila Wy­att de­feated Sierra’s Natlie Root­saert and Diana Due­nas in the No. 2 dou­bles match, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0.

It was one of three matches de­cided in a third set.

“It was a tough match,” Melfort said. “This team was a very good team and we didn’t get blown out any­where. Ev­ery match was close.”

At about the same time Pat­ter­son and Se­bas­tian’s match con­cluded, Na­dia Petro­vic put the fin­ish­ing touches on her 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 vic­tory against Ash­ley Allen at No. 2 sin­gles.

Sierra No. 3 dou­bles Mikayla Coburn and Joyce Se­bas­tian edged out El­lie Nguyen and Sophia Am­mons, 7-5, 7-6. Fresh­man El­lie Kim tal­lied the most lop­sided vic­tory, beat­ing Jil­lian Baker at No. 3 sin­gles, 6-2, 6-1. Kim and Petro­vic placed fourth in the SJS Division II Dou­bles Tour­na­ment last week.

Val­ley Oak League sin­gles cham­pion Kait­lyn Rausa had stiff com­pe­ti­tion against hard­hit­ting lefty Sofia Smith, who pre­vailed 6-2, 6-4. Both are only sopho­mores, and Smith won the Cap­i­tal Ath­letic League sin­gles ti­tle be­fore reach­ing the SJS Division II Sin­gles Tour­na­ment semi­fi­nals.

“There aren’t many peo­ple in the area that are left­ies I can play with” Rausa said. “The first set was a lit­tle rough. I was just try­ing to get used to it.”

In the other sin­gles matches: Me­lanie Nguyen lost to Syd­nee Tan 5-7, 2-6; Syd­ney Huynh lost to Alex Elmhurst 4-6, 2-6; and Ari­anna Her­rera lost to Re­gan Martell 4-6, 2-6.

“They have set a legacy even though we lost,” Melfort said. “The goal is to go fur­ther and fur­ther and we’re do­ing that. Just to think, three years ago we went 6-8 in league and were ex­cited when we’d beat East Union. Now look at us. I think next sea­son will be even bet­ter. We’ll con­tinue to push at it.”


Sierra head coach Ed Melfort, far right, joins his play­ers af­ter the Tim­ber­wolves’ run­ner-up fin­ish in the Sac-Joaquin Sec­tion Division IV fi­nal Tues­day at Oak Park Ten­nis Cen­ter.


Sierra’s Kait­lyn Rausa tags a back­hand shot in the No. 1 sin­gles match against Vista del Lago stand­out Sofia Smith.

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