Lady Broncs defend HDL title

By Ray Conner
Sports Editor

Photo by Donna Harris / Freelance Photographer; With a big crowd watching, Burgette Sartor of the Lady Broncs returns a shot in the recent home match.

With one match remaining in their High Desert League season, the Lady Broncs tennis team is assured of at least a tie for the championship.
This also will mark them winning back-to-back league titles one way or the other.

Kern Valley (9-0, 5-0 HDL) played Bishop on Tuesday. The outcome, if it should favor the Lady Broncs, it would make them the HDL champs all by themselves. If Bishop (4-1 HDL) were to grab the match, they would share the league championship with Kern Valley.

The Lady Broncs put themselves in this position as they took care of Rosamond and Desert this past week.
Kern Valley would keep their winning streak alive by shutting out their opponent 9-0.
It was all Lady Broncs as they swept all six singles sets, and followed that with a sweep of doubles action. Playing on their home courts, Kern Valley played a pro set, instead of a best of three sets format. Playing in breezy conditions at a comfortable 73 degrees, the Lady Broncs as a team never lost more than four games in a set.

In singles play, Hannah Hurley, Tesse Monahan, Burgette Sartor, and Skyler Newton all won their set by 8-4 scores. Shelby Williams collected the 8-2 win, while Maddy Hurley won 8-1.
In doubles, the team of Williams/H. Hurley won 8-4. Monahan and Sartor teamed up to win 8-2, while Lexie Yearwood and Julia Amstutz took their set 8-2.
Head coach Brian Christianson said, “We did a good job getting the victory. During the match, the girls really played smart on the big points.
Two days later Kern Valley was at home once again with Desert coming in to play.

Kern Valley played the best two-of-three set format with the tiebreaker being the third set.
The Lady Broncs would drop just one set in singles and take the rest of the sets to collect the dominating 8-1 match victory. The temperature was 74 degrees with very little wind.
In singles, H. Hurley won her set 6-4, 6-2. Monahan grabbed the 7-6 (7-2) , 6-1 win, while Williams won 6-3, 6-love. Sartor lost her first set 3-6, but bounced back to take the second set 6-1 sending it to the tiebreaker. She took care of business and won 7-4 to add another team point to Kern Valley’s total. M. Hurley won 6-1, 6-3, while Newton was the lone player to fall. She lost 2-6, 4-6.
In doubles, the team of H. Hurley and Williams made it look easy winning by identical 6-2 scores. Monahan and Sartor teamed up to win 6-0, 6-3, while the Yearwood/Amstutz team won their set 6-2,6-3.
In exhibition, Megan Lane won 6-1.

Christianson said, “The team just keeps getting better. I particularly liked our net play today.”
On Thursday, the Lady Broncs squad will compete in the HDL Finals where they will make a return trip to Bishop.


Photo by Donna Harris / Freelance Photographer; Tesse Monahan of the Lady Broncs tennis team serves up a shot in the recent home match.