By: Ray Conner
All the hard work in the non-league has paid off for the Lady Broncs tennis team.
Entering High Desert League action, Kern Valley opened up with a pair of wins. They dispatched rival Bishop and took care of Rosamond to take the early lead in the HDL.
Kern Valley began league play in Bishop on Oct. 1. They were able to collect eight-of-the nine team points to easily take the match.
According to head coach Brian Christianson the conditions and playing format in Bishop were as follows: Weather was 67 degrees at the start of the match. A beautiful fall day in Bishop with no wind and clear skies. Bishop has four courts. We played best 2-of-3 sets with the third set if needed being a 10-point tiebreaker (first one to 10 winning by two).
The only blemish for the Lady Broncs was in singles as Maddie Hurley took the loss 4-6 and 1-6.
Winning her sets in singles was Hannah O’Campo 4-6, 6-4 (10-7 tiebreaker). Riley Quinn won 6-1 6-2, while River Sartor won 6-2 and 6-3. Katie Davenport kept the string going as she won her sets 6-3, 6-1. Closing out singles action was Nikki Brooks who won 6-1, 6-3.
Turning to doubles, the Lady Broncs swept the action to complete the dominate win over rival Bishop.
The team of Hurley and O’Campo won their sets by identical 6-3 scores. The team of Quinn and Sarot won their sets 6-2 and 6-4, while Aislynne Chappell and Aidan Schultz teamed up to complete the sweep winning 7-5 and 6-4.
Christianson said, “It is always nice to get a win against Bishop, and it is nice to start league 1-0. I thought that we played with a lot more confidence today, and we cut down on our unforced errors.”
Two days later a trip to Rosamond was at hand for Kern Valley.
They would make it a sweep week as they took care of the Lady Roadrunners by the score of 6-3.
The difference in the match proved to be singles play. Kern Valley was able to sweep all six sets to claim the match. Rosamond would take all three doubles matches for their only team points.
The conditions and playing format for the match were as follows according to Christianson: The weather was 80 degrees at the start of the match, 12:45 p.m. Good weather, but at 2 p.m. the wind really started blowing. We played a Pro-Set (tiebreaker if the set score is 8-8, and the tiebreaker would be to seven).
Hurley won her set 8-3 to begin singles play. O’Campo followed with an 8-5 set win, while Quinn took her set by the same 8-5 score. Sartor added another team point with an 8-4 set victory, while Davenport took her set 8-3.
The doubles action was dominated by the Lady Roadrunners. Kern Valley’s team of Hurley/O’Campo lost 6-8, while the team of Quinn/Sartor lost 5-8. The team of Chappell/Schultz also took the loss 6-8.
Christianson said, “Overall, a very good day for the tennis team. We did a real good job of keeping our composure in the singles matches, as Rosamond’s tennis courts are right on campus and numerous Rosamond classes came out to cheer.
The wind bothered us in the doubles matches, and we became a little bit complacent during the start of the doubles matches as we knew we had the match wrapped up. We definitely need to keep on improving and to keep our focus during the matches.”
Here are the current High Desert League standings: Kern Valley 2-0, Rosamond 1-1, Desert 1-1, and Bishop 0-2.
Kern Valley continued HDL play on Tuesday as they made the trip to Edwards Air Force Base to play Desert. They will play their first home match of the season on Thursday when rival Bishop comes to town. The home match begins at 1 p.m.