In the most unprecedented of years, the Garces Memorial girls tennis team brought back some normalcy at the Southwest Yosemite League individual championships.
In the first competition against Kern High School District athletics, freshman Kesley Abraham won the singles title and the duo of sophomore Kylee Limpias and Jocelyn Sala won the league doubles titles.
“This is a super exciting moment because it’s my first tournament in high school,” Abraham said. “I am super excited.”
Abraham swept her first two matches on Friday 6-0, 6-0. The fifth seed in the league tournament then defeated No. 1 Brooke Erickson of Liberty 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinals then defeated Stockdale’s Lauren Li 6-1, 6-0 in the finals.
Like Abraham, Sala and Limpias made quick work on Friday, then defeated Hayden Mauldin and Monika McKenna of Bakersfield High 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals then beat Jasmine Flores and Gabi Guijarro of Stockdale 6-4, 6-2 in the championship match.
“It’s a huge moment,” Sala said. “This is my first time playing a match as big as this in high school.”
In the boys tournament at Bakersfield High, senior Patrick Blaine and sophomore Nico Fanuccho finished third in the doubles tournament.
All will advance to the South Area tournament next Friday and Saturday at Garces.
The Central Section team playoff brackets were also released on Friday. The girls are the No. 1 seed in Division I and earn a first round bye. The Rams will host the winner of No. 7 Liberty vs. No. 10 Clovis on Thursday. Match is scheduled for 4 p.m.
The boys are the No. 6 seed in D-II and will host No. 11 Paso Robles on Monday at 2 p.m.