Lady Broncs roll in CIF match: Kern Valley makes history in playoff tournament versus Fowler

Katie Davenport of the Lady Broncs tennis team serves to her opponent in recent match.
River Sartor makes solid contact on the return shot in the CIF playoff match against Fowler.
Photos by Donna Harris / Freelance Photographer
Nikki Brooks of the Lady Broncs tennis team gets to the ball in her CIF playoff match against her Lady Redcats of Fowler opponent.

By: Ray Conner
Sport’s Editor

History continued for the Lady Broncs tennis team as they entered the CIF team tournament.

For the first time, according to head coach Brian Christianson, a Kern Valley girls tennis team won a CIF playoff match. He said, “I know in my 20 years that I have been the tennis coach, we have never won a playoff match. Yes we have gotten byes into the next round, where we played a tough opponent, but we have never physically won a playoff tennis match.”

Kern Valley opened up the CIF playoffs at home against Fowler on Oct. 30. The format and conditions according to the Lady Broncs head coach Brian Christianson were as follows: The weather was 61 degrees at the start of the match and warmed up to 63 degrees during the match. The wind was gusty at times. We played best 2-of-3 sets with the third set being a 10-point tiebreaker if needed.

The Lady Broncs went out and dominated the Lady Redcats 6-1.

They would sweep the singles matches and only got to play one doubles. Fowler, once Kern Valley got to the needed five team points packed it up and went home. The unfortunate doubles teams to receive forfeit wins were Maddie Hurley/ Hannah O’ Campo/ Riley Quinn/ River Sartor.

In singles play, Hurley dropped the first set 2-6, but then battled back to win the match. She took the second set 7-5 and finished it off by winning the tiebreaker 10-3. O’Campo eased into the win by scores of 6-1 and 6-4, while Quinn won her match 6-1 and 6-3. Katie Davenport continued the singles winning streak as she won 6-1, 4-6 and 10-2 in the tiebreaker. Nikki Brooks closed out the singles sweep as she won by identical 6-2 scores in both sets.

The only blemish in the match came from the doubles team of Aislynne Chappell and Adrian Schultz. They would fall to their opponents 2-6 and 3-6.
Christianson said, “It was a great day for Kern Valley High and the Lady Broncs tennis team. Always nice to get a home playoff match, and have a team from the Central Valley, just south of Fresno, come to Kern Valley. The girls on the tennis team are very gritty and tough. They have worked really hard to improve. They just don’t give up.”

The Lady Broncs hoped to continue their run as they traveled to Caruthers for the second round match on Tuesday.