By: Ray Conner
The league champion Lady Broncs compete at the High Desert League finals.
Kern Valley took their top two singles players and top two doubles teams to compete in Bishop on Oct. 22.
The conditions and format of the HDL Finals according to Kern Valley head coach Brian Christianson were as follows: The weather was 62 degrees at the start of the match and would warm up to 79 degrees by the time the match ended. The match started at 11 a.m. with no wind, and a beautiful day.
We played best 2-of-3 sets with the third set being a tiebreaker if needed. Each team brought their top two singles players and top two doubles teams.
Christianson commented, “Before the match, during player introductions, Kern Valley was recognized as winning the High Desert League team championship.” Bishop also said, “We enjoyed playing the Lady Broncs the best because of the sportsmanship that you girls displayed this season.” This was quickly echoed by the other two schools.”
The schools present were Rosamond, Desert, Bishop, and Kern Valley.
Maddie Hurley and Hannha O’Campo were the singles players. The Lady Broncs doubles teams were Katie Davenport and Aislynne Chappell and the team of River Sartor and Nikki Brooks.
In singles, Hurley as the No. 2 seed defeated the No. 7 seed 6-0 and 6-1 to move on to the semifinals.
O’Campo as the No. 4 seed played a tough No. 5 seed in a match that lasted two hours. She would lose the first set 3-6, but battled back to even the match up at 1-1. It would go to the tiebreaker where she would fall 6-10.
Hurley would face the No. 3 seed from Rosamond. In previous matches, she would beat her Rosamond opponent both times. With the difficulty raised in facing an opponent the third time, Hurley would battle for an hour and 50 minutes in her match. She would lose the first set 5-7 and drop the second set 4-6 to finish her day.
In doubles action, the team of Sartor and Brooks as the No. 5 seed took care of the No. 4 seed in straight sets 6-1 and 6-2.
They advanced to the semifinals where they went up against the No. 1 seed. They fell in their match 2-6 and 3-6 to the eventual HDL Finals champions.
The team of Davenport/Chappell came in as the No. 7 seed. They were bested by the No. 2 seed by identical 1-6 scores in both sets.
Christianson said, “Overall the Kern Valley girls played well, but seemed a little exhausted. It took so much intensity and focus to go through and win the HDL title. I think it was hard to replicate that intensity and focus in an individual setting.”
Despite the lack of success in the finals the Lady Broncs have nothing to be ashamed of as the regular season came to an end.
Kern Valley will now go on and compete in the CIF team tournament. As the No. 7 seed, they will play at home today when they face off with the No. 10 seed Fowler.