It’s the second Jaguars team, including the 2012 softball team, to play in the section semifinals.
The last time a Valley Oak League boys tennis team progressed as far was 2006, when Sonora reached the Division II semifinals.
Tuesday’s defeat was the only loss of the season for the VOL-champion Jaguars (19-1, 14-0 VOL). Details of the matches were not available.
The Jaguars advanced to the semifinals with a 5-4 victory at home against Rio Americano of Sacramento on Monday, May 6.
Kimball won five of the six singles matches. The Jaguars clinched the team win when sophomore Nicholas Reilley overcame a 2-5 deficit in the third set to beat Rio Americano’s Aaron Prohofsky 6-1, 2-6, 7-5.
Reilley said his will to win carried him through the third set.
“I just had to tell myself, I haven’t lost all season, I can’t start now,” he said. “Everybody here was cheering me on, so I couldn’t let them down.”
Also winning their matches were junior Logan Staggs 6-0, 6-0, freshman Garrett Chun 7-5, 6-1, junior Mark Dalupan 7-6, 6-4, and freshman Ivan Acosta 2-6, 6-2, 6-1.
Chun advanced furthest in individual competition. He won the VOL singles title on April 25 and competed in the SJS Division II tournament on May 2 at Johnson Racquet Club in Roseville,
He lost his only match of the season, 6-1, 6-2, to Winston Limhengco of Christian Brothers High of Sacramento.
Dalupan and Acosta also advanced to the section tournament as the VOL doubles runners-up. They won their first match and lost in the quarterfinals.
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