SELMA - On senior day, the Selma Bears rallied back against the Kingsburg Vikings by sweeping doubles enroute to a 5-4 Central Sequoia League win on its home court on April 10.
Selma (13-4, 6-4 CSL) was down 4-2 heading into doubles.
“I was really proud of how they came out and they wanted to win,” Bears head coach David Cortina said. “That’s been something I’ve been wanting to see for awhile.”
Selma officially claimed the victory after No. 1 duo Fidel Felix and Amit Dadra defeated Chris Gonzales and Luke Lutrell 8-7 (7-4). The No. 1 doubles match was the final matchup of the day to conclude.
“The way that me and my partner Amit have been playing, we’ve been playing really well lately,” Felix said. “We’re just trying to help the team out in general because you just have to come in clutch for the team so we came in clutch today.”
“We coordinated really well especially when we went to a tiebreaker,” Dadra said. “That’s the most stressful part about it and we did really well. We called which ball was whose and we didn’t get frustrated. Fidel had an amazing forehand.”
Cortina called the No. 1 duo’s performance “impressive.”
Doubles started with an 8-0 sweep from Selma’s Francisco Martinez and Owen Wenter in the No. 3 match. Both No. 2 and No. 1 matches went down to the wire.
Bears No. 2 duo Simran Bains and Jake Harris defeated Ian Mosley and Hayden Yakligian 8-6 shortly before the conclusion of the No. 1 match.
On a day where seniors were recognized, Dadra said being down 4-2 was worrisome among the team, but everyone kept their composure during doubles.
“We knew that victory wasn’t impossible,” Dadra said. “We knew all of our doubles coordinate really well.”
Both Felix and Dadra lost in their singles matches. Felix lost 1-6, 2-6 to Gonzales in the No. 1 match while Dadra fell 4-6, 5-7 to Lutrell in the No. 4 match.
As for the other singles matches, Mosley defeated Bains 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 2 match followed by Caleb Campbell winning the No. 3 match for Kingsburg, defeating Mahtab Gill 6-1, 4-6, (10-8).
Harris and Jasmeet Bajwa were the only victors for Selma in singles. Harris defeated Yakligian 0-6, 7-5, (10-6) in the No. 3 match. Bajwa defeated Owen Miller 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 6 match.
Kingsburg coach Luke Gramza declined to comment after the match. The Vikings finish the regular season at 13-3 overall and 7-3 in CSL play.
The Bears will compete in the Central Section Division III playoffs, which start on April 24. As for the Vikings, Kingsburg will compete in the Division IV bracket, which also starts on April 24.
Playoff seedings will be posted on the Central Section website this weekend.
“I’m just expecting them to just keep doing their best at this point,” Cortina said. “It’s going to be tough work, but if these guys want it, they have to work for it. It’s not going to be easy.”