Since the hot days of June the Corcoran High School girls’ tennis squad has had one central goal in mind, win another league title and have them add the year, 2018, onto the east wall of champions of the CHS Main Gym. That goal came to fruition last Thursday as CHS rolled to a 9 – 0 win at Granite Hills in Porterville.
Two days prior, the Panthers traveled to Woodlake to tangle with the second place Tigers and came away with a 7 – 2 win. Number two singles, Monika Alvarado defeated Nancy Frausto, 8 – 2. Number three singles, Nayeli Beas blanked Valerie Orozco, 8 – 0. Number four singles, Daniela Bravo bested Giselle Castillo, 8 – 2. Number ﬁve singles, Edith Aguilera topped Monique Romero, 8 – 4. Finally, number six singles, Michell Oregon was too much for Kristen Ledesma, winning 8 – 1. The Tigers lone win in singles came at number one as Sierra Bolanos squeaked by Maggie Arellano, 7 – 7 (2 – 7) in a super-tiebreaker.
With the match already over, the Panthers took two of three doubles matches. Number three doubles tandem of Jizzel Nunez and Giselle Pelayo slipped past Savannah Castaneda and Maricela Arambula, 8 – 5. Number two doubles, Beas and Alvarado shutout Frausto and Orozco, 8 – 0. The Tigers’ tandem of Bolanos and Castillo stopped Arellano and Bravo, 3 – 8 to ﬁnish the match.
On Thursday, with the league title already in hand, the Panthers looked to end the regular season undefeated. Unfortunately for Granite Hills, it was a one-sided aﬀair. Arellano whipped Senior, Kelly Whited, 8 – 1 in number one singles. Alvarado fell behind early but came back to control Senior, Sarah Lor, 8 – 3, in number two singles. Beas blasted Lehigh Amparano, 8 – 0, in number three singles. Bravo subdued Daisy Vargas, 8 – 3, in number four singles. Aguilera made quick work of Paula Jacuinde, 8 – 0, in number ﬁve singles. Finally in number six singles, Oregel cruised to an 8 – 1 win over Ariana Anaya.
In doubles action, Bravo and Arellano worked Whited and Amparano, 8 – 2 in number one doubles. Beas and Alvarado won by the same score in two doubles, while Pelayo and Dianna Alvarado toppled Kathryn Chavez and Valeria Galvez, 8 – 1, in number three doubles. Nicole Berry saw action in three separate varsity exhibitions and came away with three victories: 6 – 1, 6 – 1 and 6 – 0.
The Panthers end the regular season with 14 wins and zero losses and will look to gain a high seed for the coming playoﬀs. Corcoran has been moved up two divisions since 2015 and are now competing against schools that are twice its size in Division 3. In addition, nine members of the team also competed in the Individuals Tournament, which was held in Hanford.
Aaliyah Thompson of Corcoran has added another honor to her growing list. Aaliyah has been named to the Div. V First Team All-State by Cal-Hi Sports.