If the Patterson High School girls tennis team wanted any chance at winning a Western Athletic Conference title, their match versus Los Banos last Thursday was a must win for Patterson.
Los Banos has been a juggernaut in the Western Athletic Conference. The visitors have not lost a match in the WAC, with a perfect 6-0 record in league play and a 12-1-1 record overall on the season.
After their victory over Central Valley on Oct. 10, the program had notched an incredible 100 straight wins in the WAC, meaning Los Banos had not lost a match since returning to the WAC in 2010.
Patterson’s only loss in the WAC this season was to Los Banos on Sept. 26.
Patterson could not exact revenge on Los Banos, losing to the undefeated squad 4-5 in a match that was close down the stretch.
Patterson’s number one singles player Ezi Ogbuli was blanked by Shirley Liu 0-6 and 0-6. Liu is now 47-0 in WAC singles matches in her career.
Breanna Hernandez lost hard-fought sets to Haley Ballez 4-6 before losing to Ballez 0-6 in the second game.
Marissa Tellas dropped her match to Kierstyn Cotta 1-6 and 2-6.
Erika Reynoso had trouble getting it going versus Adrianna Moreno, losing 1-6 and 2-6.
Ryann Basulto and Chloe Emerson engaged in a pivotal match. The two were immersed in an intense match, with each party pursuing a critical victory for their squads. Patterson was looking to hang in there against Los Banos, while the visitors were looking to put the match to rest.
In an engaging battle, it was Emerson who came out on top. Basulto lost to her counterpart 5-7 and 3-6. The fifth singles victory guaranteed Los Banos’ incredible streak remained alive.
Maya Turner gave Patterson their only victory in the singles matches, winning convincingly over Mariah Farias 6-0 and 6-0.
In the doubles matches, Patterson put together a sweep over Los Banos to narrow the overall team score.
The duo of Manpreet Kaur and Aurora Gonzelez-Vela outdid Zoe Seabock and Bridget Lopez 6-3 and 6-3.
Marisol Jimenz and Danielle Werra also found success against Sarah White and Corre Falaschi 6-3 and 6-4.
In the final match of the evening Veronica Martinez and Tiffany Do finished it off on a positive note, winning 6-2 and 6-3.
There are only two matches remaining on the league schedule until the WAC singles finals on Oct. 24 and the doubles finals on Oct. 25 at Los Banos High School.
Patterson will finish the season on the road with a match at Central Valley High on Tuesday after press time, before finishing the season at Livingston on Oct. 19.
Los Banos, Patterson and Central Valley have already secured the top three spots in the Western Athletic Conference. Patterson and Central Valley will have an opportunity to make a push for a second place finish. The top three teams of the WAC are guaranteed a team playoff match. The first playoff matches are scheduled for Oct. 30. This is the second year in a row Patterson has qualified for a playoff spot.
Patterson celebrated their senior night on Thursday in the final home match of the season. The Tigers honored 11 seniors on the roster with a gift basket. Each senior was also honored with a poster that hung on the walls around the tennis courts.
The eleven seniors honored were: Maya Turner, Eziamaka Ogbuli, Ryann Basulto-Mason, Erika Reynoso, Yesmine Zahara, Libby Jaurez-Pinon, Tiffany Do, Marisol Jimenez, Aurora Gonzalez-Vela, Flor Sanchz and Breanna Hernandez.