BAKERSFIELD— The Lemoore girls tennis team’s season came to an end on Wednesday with a 7-2 loss to North High in the CIF Central Section Division III quarterfinals.
No. 5 seed Lemoore (16-5, 10-2 WYL) lost all six singles matches and were just beat by a better team in No. 4 seed North.
The Tigers earned wins with their No. 2 doubles team of Paige Clarke and Jolene Simas (8-5) and No. 3 doubles team of Cassie Cervantes and Mariah Avina (8-6). But that would be all they would get in their road match.
Nevertheless, the Tigers completed another excellent season under the guidance of co-coaches Carla Bow and Eric Bow. In their two seasons with Lemoore, they’ve compiled a 35-10 record overall, including a 20-4 West Yosemite League record.
The pair will have to replace some key seniors including No. 2 singles player Lizeth Garcia and No. 3 singles player Lizbeth Flores. But under the watch of the two Bows, Lemoore’s future continues to look bright.
Boys Water Polo
HANFORD — After two tough, narrow league losses — a 10-9 double overtime loss to El Diamante and 10-9 loss to Golden West — the Lemoore boys water polo team got a much-needed road win over Hanford, 20-15.
Lemoore (18-9, 8-4 WYL) led 11-8 at halftime and 17-13 after the third quarter. The Tigers’ defense stepped up in the fourth and limited Hanford (6-16, 1-11 WYL) to just two goals in the final seven minutes.
Cameron Olson had a team-high five goals for Lemoore, but the scoring was spread around on Thursday. Coulter Holmes and Spencer Denney scored four goals apiece and Weber Teddy added three goals. Connor DeBurger had two goals and Alex Eastridge and Riley Gibson each scored a goal. Denney also led the team in steals (5) and assists (4).
Lemoore finishes third in the West Yosemite League standings behind WYL champion Redwood and Golden West.
The Tigers will enter the playoffs for the third straight year and are currently ranked fifth in the CIF Central Section Division II standings. There is a high possibility Lemoore will have a home match when seeding is done next week.
Last year, Lemoore also finished 8-4 in league and earned the 3-seed in the Division II championships. They had a bye and defeated 6-seed Kingsburg in the quarterfinals before losing to the No. 2 seed Redwood, 7-5, in the semifinals.
Girls Water Polo
HANFORD — Five different Lemoore girls scored on Thursday and the water polo team took down Hanford 10-3 in their season finale.
Lemoore (12-16-1, 4-8 WYL) led 5-2 at halftime and cruised from there in the second half. Delilha Van Hoek Meehan and Melyssa Costa scored three goals each, while combining for three steals and one assist. Charlotte Aguilar scored two goals and Sammantha Costa and Megan Van Allen added the other two goals.
Lemoore finished fourth in the West Yosemite League standings behind Mt. Whitney, El Diamante and WYL champion Redwood.
The Tigers made a significant improvement from last year’s 6-20 overall record and 1-10 league record. They will be rewarded with a trip to the playoffs.
The girls are ranked sixth in the CIF Central Section Division III standings and will have to wait and see who they face when the brackets are released next week.