Mountain tennis recorded a historic win Tuesday August 21 in their season opener, taking a 6-3 win over Bakersfield Christian.
The Eagles have won eight straight CIF championships in Division IV and V since 2003 and have served as a dominant fixture in the South Sequoia League landscape. BCHS is headed by legendary coach Frank Thiessen, who has over 30 CIF championships in 40 years at Wasco and BCHS combined, and a penchant for finding talent in Kern County to make his squads one of the best every season.
However, this year, the Eagles were stymied by the Lady Warriors four match wins in singles and two match wins in doubles.
“This was a great start for us, to beat a program like Bakersfield Christian right out of the gate gives us confidence going forward,” said Amy Lang. “They have good coaching and players that seem to make them strong year-after-year.”
Taking wins for Tehachapi in the match were Darian Grisso (6-3, 7-6), Lexi Zimmerman (6-4, 6-0), Sarah Jensen (6-1, 6-1) and Ashley Rush (6-0, 6-0) in singles.
Mountain Tennis iced the win in doubles when Meagan Thiesse and Shelby Newman won at second doubles 6-2, 6-2, while Grisso and Alexis Schoenberg padded the win with a thrilling 7-5, 2-6, 11-9 victory in first doubles.
“We’re excited about our team this year, we have a lot of talent and I expect us to be very competitive,” added Lang.
Playing on the Lady Warriors varsity team this year are Darian Grisso, Alexis Schoenberg, Lexi Zimmerman, Brooke Neufeld, Shelby Newman, Meagan Thiesse, Sarah Jensen, Liz Martinez, Laney Ricker, Carrie Brewer and Ashley Rush.
Junior Varsity team members consist of Scarlette Whitted, Sarah Mace-Rodon, Kate Judy, Freja Alpsten. Audrey Moon, Brianna Benedict, Madison Johnson, Isabel Tinajero, Josie Schank, Micaela Pryor, Jessica Seier and Taylor Cummings.
Next up for the Lady Warriors is a match against Liberty on Tuesday.
The Lady Braves will also be participating in the Frontier Jayvee Tourney the weekend of August 31 through Sept. 2.