Schut Takes Sec­ond In TVL Ac­tion

Escalon Times - - SPORTS -

In what was largely a re­build­ing year for Escalon ten­nis, there was some ex­cite­ment in the post­sea­son.

First year head coach Jack Berry said the team did strug­gle over­all in the Trans-Val­ley League. There were some in­di­vid­ual match wins for play­ers but the team as a whole did not post many vic­to­ries dur­ing the course of the cam­paign.

In the sec­ond sea­son, how­ever, Escalon’s num­ber two girls sin­gles player, Mikayla Schut, bat­tled her way to the Sec­tion meet. Schut, who was not seeded go­ing into the TVL tour­na­ment, got on a roll and put some wins on the books. One of the sat­is­fy­ing vic­to­ries came in the semi­fi­nals, win­ning there by a 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 de­ci­sion.

“In the TVL fi­nals, she did lose to Hugh­son in straight sets,” Berry ex­plained.

The sec­ond place league fin­ish, how­ever, qual­i­fied Schut to move on to the Sec­tion In­di­vid­ual Meet.

She trav­eled to Oak Park in Stock­ton and took on an El Do­rado op­po­nent in the first round, fall­ing by scores of 6-3, 6-1.

Berry, who said his dad served as his as­sis­tant coach, noted that the team worked hard through­out the course of the sea­son and he is ea­ger to coach again. With the year of ex­pe­ri­ence and some solid play­ers re­turn­ing, he is op­ti­mistic that next sea­son will be a bet­ter one for the Cougars on the court.

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