Selma: Selma's Alina Lopez

Selma's Alina Lopez, hitting a forehand earlier in the season against Kingsburg, won her singles match against Porterville. 

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The Selma and Kingsburg high school girls tennis teams were victorious on Thursday in Central Section first-round playoff action. Both will now play Oct. 25 in the quarterfinals. 

Kingsburg, seeded No. 9, routed No. 8 Granite Hills in Division V, 9-0.

“While we came into this match as the lower seed, our girls were playing better and better each day so we felt strong before we hit the first ball,” Kingsburg coach Tom Gramza said. “All of the girls came out firing and took commanding leads early and avoided any let-up ... doubles also started well even though we were rushing to get the matches in before it got too dark."

Gramza has been pleased with the team’s effort, in general.

“I have been incredibly proud of how far the girls have come in terms of their skill levels and mental toughness since our pre-season,” he said.

Viking No. 1 player Lana Drincic was dominating against KellyAnn Whitehead, winning 6-1, 6-2. Also winning in straight sets for Kingsburg were singles players Zoe Van Buerden, Skyler Mattos, Raine Palomino, Madelyn Gunland and Emma Stahl.

All doubles matches were called after one set due to darkness. Kingsburg won them all, with Van Buerden/Mattos, Drincic/Palomino and Hannah Hjelm/Ekpreet Virk doing the honors.

Kingsburg plays at No. 1 Dos Palos in the quarterfinals. 

Selma, seeded No. 7, defeated visiting No. 10 Porterville 6-3 in D-III. Managing singles wins for the Bears were Alina Lopez, Angelica Morfin, Emily Sanchez, Laura Vasquez and Gisselle Guzman. Vasquez won a marathon, defeating Sierra Mitchell 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 10-8.  

Capturing a doubles match for Selma was Morfin/Guzman, who cruised to 8-2.

"Both sides played well," Selma coach David Cortina said. "The Porterville girls moved their feet well and keep every ball in. The points were very long and both sides were competitive." 

Selma is at No. 2 Independence in the quarters.  

John Murphy can be reached at 583-2413 or jmurphy@hanfordsentinel.com.

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