The Sonora Wildcat tennis team suffered a tough 4-1 loss to Sierra on Tuesday at the Sonora courts.
“We lost our match and even though the final score was 4-1, we feel as though it was much closer,” said Wildcat coach Carey Marmesh. “Two huge matches went to three sets — we were so close to beating them.”
Sonora’s No. 1 singles player, sophomore Josh Smith, got locked into a tight battle with Sierra senior Kevin Rousa.
Smith lost the first set 7-5 and then rolled over Rousa 6-2 in the second. Smith jumped out to a 3-0 in the deciding set before Rousa was able to tie it at 3-3. The two traded service games before Rousa prevailed 7-5. All games went to deuce at least once.
Another heart-breaking loss was suffered by the Wildcats’ No. 1 doubles team of Austin Poe and Billy Parks.
Poe and Parks went up 4-1 in the first before Sierra kicked up their game and won the last five games to win the opening set 6-4.
Poe and Parks won the second set 7-6 (7-2) with both teams holding serve the entire set.
Poe and Parks fell behind 2-0 in the deciding set and couldn’t make up the ground, losing 6-4.
Sonora’s lone point came from the No. 2 doubles team of Daniel Boyack and Gavin Ferris. They cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 victory.