Sonora learned a lot from its league opening tennis loss last week at Argonaut.
The Wildcats took the Mother Lode League defending champs to four third-set tiebreakers and lost three and were defeated.
Sonora used that experience Thursday and won four out of five tie-breaking sets, including the final three 10 minutes apart, to beat the Summerville Bears 6-3 in front of an excited crowd in Tuolumne.
“Having that first match with Argonaut with a lot of pressure points and tiebreakers probably gave us an advantage today,” said Wildcat head coach Sam Segerstrom. “It didn’t look like we were gonna win. But the team didn’t hold anything back and we won the big points. The last three matches were all decided in tiebreakers 10 minutes apart and we won them all.”
Summerville controlled the singles action while Sonora dominated doubles.
The Bears points came from top singles player Jason Tweedie and both girls singles Kennedy Brockett and Katie Petersen.
Tweedie and Sonora’s Jake Evans staged “by far the match of the day,” and a “real crowd pleaser.”
Evans claimed the first set 6-4 but Tweedie roared back for a 6-1 victory in the second. The third set tie break lasted about as long, comparatively, as a 15-inning baseball game when Tweedie completed the impressive comeback, 14-12, the only tiebreaker Summerville won.
Brockett and Petersen may be the two best singles players in the league according to Segerstrom. The Bears pair lost five games between them, even with Sonora’s Savannah McClintock and Haley Fielder putting up a “strong effort.”
Sonora’s No. 2 single Thomas Johnson earned a 6-1, 6-0 victory.
Sonora swept all five doubles matches, four in the tiebreaker.
Zach Whitmer and Ian Smith cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 victory and the rest of the doubles matches could have gone either way.
Jackson Bouchard and Evran Morfin prevailed 1-6, 7-5, (10-6) over Sam Grider and Caylor Thomas where the second set rally carried over into the third set.
Sydney Fielder and Kate Hovatter came away with a 6-2, 6-7 (8-6), (10-7) victory against Chloe Johnson and Isabel Herrin.
Chloe Plummer and Delaney Ditler won maybe the tightest match 4-6, 6-4 (13-11).
And the mixed doubles team of Christian Froehlich and Millie Howard won 6-1, 3-5 (10-5) over Evan Zukal and Jenn Oellrich.
Sonora (2-1 MLL) will look for its third straight win next Thursday against Bret Harte at Columbia College while Summerville will play the Bullfrogs at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Angels Camp.