The Kingsburg High girls tennis team received a dominating victory in No. 1 singles by Lana Drincic, but fell to Tulare Western 6-3 on Aug. 31. Drincic rolled 8-0 in her match.

“I think I played well today,” she said. “I came to the net a lot. It’s something I’ve been working on with our coaches. I think it intimidates the other player.”

It also tends to end points more quickly — not to be overlooked on a day in the triple digits.

Kingsburg also got victories from Zoe Van Buerden and Skyler Mattos at No. 1 doubles and Ekpreet Virk and Sydney Pinheiro-Smith at No. 3 doubles. Both prevailed 8-5.

Tulare Western, however, dominated singles play outside of Drincic, winning five matches.

“We’re learning a different way to hit and there’s a learning curve,” Kingsburg High coach Tom Gramza said. “We’re trying to hit cleaner shots, instead of just guiding the ball over the net. That could include slice, topspin or flat, but mainly it means not guiding the ball so much. It’s not going to happen overnight.”

Viking assistant Luke Gramza, who is Tom’s son, was even displaying proper form from a wheelchair as he sat with his leg in a red cast, compliments of a recent soccer accident.

“We’re doing all right — we’re just trying to do what we’ve worked on in practice. That’s what pre-season is for,” he said.  

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