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SELMA - On its home court, the Selma girls tennis team put on a dominant performance against Dinuba High School in an 8-1 Central Sequoia League win on Sept. 25.

It was a bounce-back victory for the Bears after losing two league matches to Kingsburg and Central Valley Christian the previous week.

Even though the team won, Selma head coach David Cortina said there’s room for improvement if the team wants to finish strong.

“There’s still a lot to work on,” Cortina said. “It’s [a matter of] them implementing in their game what we go over in practice.”

As for the performances on the court, the Bears swept singles play 5-0 and all of those matches were won handily except for the No. 6 match. In that match, Selma’s Tammna Aujia and Dinuba’s Jackie Mendoza played to a tiebreaker set. Mendoza won the first set 2-6, but Aujia forced a tiebreaker, winning 6-2 in the second. Aujia won the tiebreaker 12-10 to finish off the team sweep in singles.

One of the consistent performers of the afternoon for Selma was its No. 1 player Rachel Vieira, who won her match 6-1, 6-0 over Dinuba’s Karina Vieyra.

“What went right were the strokes,” Vieira said about her singles match. “Just having consistency placing the ball in the correct places, making the other person run [to the ball].”

Selma's No. 3 player Emily Sanchez was another Selma player who put on a dominant performance. Sanchez defeated Lesli Magdaleno 6-0, 6-0 in singles play.

Sanchez credited her success to the work she put in during practice.

“I hit the shots that I practiced,” Sanchez said. “I did my serves like I did in practice. What I practice, I put it on the court.”

In doubles, Vieira and Sanchez won the No. 1 match 8-2 against Vieira and Magdaleno.

As for the other doubles matches, Selma won the No. 2 matchup, but the Bears fell in the No. 3 match.

After the match against Dinuba, Selma played Hanford West on Sept. 27. The Bears earned an 8-1 victory over the Huskies, which improved Selma’s league record to 6-3. The Bears' overall record currently stands at 18-5 going into the last two weeks of the season.

“When we played CVC in the second round [of league play] everyone was playing better,” Cortina said. “That’s what I want to see from all of them, just getting out of their comfort zone and taking those risks that we go over in practice.”

One thing Cortina expects from the girls for the remaining two weeks of the season is their drive to win.

“The main thing is wanting it more,” Cortina said. “You can’t teach someone to want it or want to win, so it’s just them finding it themselves.”

Up next for Selma is a road matchup against Immanuel High School on Oct. 4. The Bears will conclude their regular season at home against Kingsburg on Oct. 10.

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Jeremiah Martinez can be reached at 559-583-2413 or jmartinez@hanfordsentinel.com

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