Strathmore's Larson, Lindsay's Felix Area-bound in golf
Lindsay High School girls tennis is sending a player to the Central Section Central Area Championship tournament for the first time since 2013.
The six-year absence of the Cardinals at Area ended Monday, when sixth-seeded Berenice Lemus upset third-seeded Neha Reddy of Strathmore in a quarterfinal match of the East Sequoia League Championships. Lemus defeated Granite Hills' Valeria Galvez 8-0 to advance to the quarterfinal match.
Towards the end of the match, Lemus led 7-5 but Reddy came back to win the next two games and send the set to a tiebreaker, where Lemus won 8-6 and secured the area-qualifying victory.
“It was super intense,” Lemus said. “Like she was the No. 1 and last time I didn’t even play her for our team cause I’m No. 3. So when I saw I was going to play her, I was like, ‘I’m so dead.' But I don’t know. I just kept coming back. I’m like, ‘She’s not going to win.’ I didn’t let myself slow down. I didn’t let her get those shots. And I was just fighting through it.”
She added, “I wanted to make it to Area. It was the first time, in a long time, that anyone from Lindsay makes it. So yeah, so many feelings.”
Also qualifying for Area with a quarterfinal win was Granite Hills' sixth-seeded, Leelu Amparano and Deissy Vargas. The duo defeated Lindsay's Daisy Lemus and Evelyn Flores 8-2 in round of 16, then upset third-seeded Corcoran's Ivanna Lozoya and Dianna Alvarado 8-1.
The ESL championships continue today with the semifinal and final rounds. Still in the mix to qualify for Area by placing fifth or sixth are Strathmore's seventh-seeded Abby Miller and Lindsay's fourth-seeded Rufina Galvez in singles, while the Spartans' fourth-seeded Hennasey Mendoza and Taylor Simonich have a chance in doubles.
Larson first, Cardinals second at ESL championships
Strathmore High School's Anushka Larson won the East Sequoia League Championship match with a score of 89, Monday at the Lemoore Golf Course.
Larson, along with Lindsay's Natalie Felix who placed second with a 90, also qualified for the Central Section Central Area Individual Championships scheduled for next Monday.
In team scores, Sierra Pacific won their sixth-straight ESL title with a score of 556. Lindsay's 595 placed them second and Strathmore's 607 put them at third.
For the Cardinals, Felix's 90 led the team. No. 2 Cayli Carillo shot 122, No. 3 Klaryssa Perez 123, No. 5 Bianca Centeno 129 and No. 6 Melanie See 131.
Behind Larson's 89 for the Spartans, No. 2 Kylia May shot 102, No. 3 Kambria Rohrbach 135, No. 5 Victoria Mendoza 136 and No. 6 Fatima Chavez 145.
Tulare Western 0
Monache High School volleyball defeated Tulare Western 3-0 in Monday's East Yosemite League game on the road. They won the sets 27-25, 25-23 and 25-18.
Gabriella Cox had 30 assists, six digs and four kills. Tia Jules had 13 kills, one block and one assist. Hally Flynn had 12 kills, 10 digs and three blocks. Kristen Watson 14 digs, one ace and one kill.
The Marauders frosh-soph team won 2-1. They won the first set 25-12, lost the second 25-18 then won 15-4. The junior varsity team also won 2-0 with scores of 25-17 and 25-18.