ROCKLIN – It took more than 30 matches, but the Sierra High No. 1 doubles team finally met defeat during the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Girls Individual Tennis Tournament Thursday in Rocklin.
Sierra’s Stephanie Vanni and Jenna Anderson earned a victory in their first match before dropping their quarterfinal match 1-6, 3-9, bringing one of the best doubles seasons in Valley Oak League history to an impressive close.
“We saw them at the end of last year and we thought they could be a powerhouse team,” Sierra head coach Arabella Whitlock said. “They have so much drive and determination. They never failed once all season.
“I could not be more proud of those two girls.”
The tandem opened play with a 6-2 win in the first game of their initial match, but ran into trouble in game two. After jumping out to a 5-0 lead the pair would have to hold off a strong come back for a 7-5 win.
The Timberwolves No. 2 doubles team landed a spot in the section tournament after an explosive performance in the VOL championships, advancing with the league’s No. 3 berth after combining for a super-doubles team.
Vanida Nguyen and Ann McFerran teamed up, but their run was short lived after falling in the first round 5-7, 5-7.
“They were both singles players,” Whitlock said. “The fact that the VOL brought the one, two and three seeds was really cool for them and gave them a chance to even be here. It took some mentality to switch up their games to doubles style and get a feel for each other.
“I didn’t expect them to go too far, but as far as individual players they played very strong.”
Vanni and Anderson closed out the season with an unfathomable 33-1 record, complete with the league MVP doubles team honors.