VACAVILLE — The Vanden High girls tennis team took home two Solano County Athletic Conference titles on Thursday, winning the singles and doubles championships.
Sophomore Kiwi McDaniel defeated Benicia’s Michelle Li 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, to take the singles title. Li handed McDaniel her only regular-season loss in an otherwise perfect season.
In doubles, the unseeded team of Krystal Fogata and Hailie Sheppard of the Vikings defeated four other teams on its way to the conference title.
Fogata and Sheppard opened with a 6-0, 6-3 win over American Canyon’s Jessica Manalang and Rachel Seah, then upset the top-seeded duo of Giuditta Traver and Sierra Rybarczyk of Benicia 7-6 (9), 7-6 (4).
In the semifinals, Fogata and Sheppard met up with Vanden teammates Danielle Cruz and Breanna Thomas, winning 6-2, 6-4.
The finals were also tough as they claimed the championship with a 7-5, 7-6 (5) win over Benicia’s Samantha Beyer and Gabriella Traver.
According to Vikings coach Stan Lewis, the winning doubles teams in league tournaments are usually two of a school’s best singles players matched up together, not having played as partners in the regular season.
“I’ve been doing this for 22 years, and I can’t remember a normal doubles team who won the tournament,” Lewis said of Fogata and Sheppard, who usually played doubles during the regular season.
“It was a real special day,” Lewis said, adding that Fogata and Sheppard “played incredible today.”
Thomas and Cruz came in fourth, losing their third-place match to Anne Mancio and Glennalyn Ajero of American Canyon, 7-5 6-5. Prior to that they had defeated Bethel’s Contawe sisters, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 10-3, and Jasmine Picquitte and Jessica Cantora of Vallejo, 7-5, 6-4.
Kendrah Black and Gabriella Arca, the No. 2 seeds, won their first match 6-2, 2-6, 11-9 against Bethel’s Eureka Pomar and Clarissa Carino, but fell in their quarterfinal match to Benicia’s Samantha Beyer and Gabriella Traver, 7-6, (5), 6-2.
McDaniel, Jaleena Hust, Fogata and Sheppard all qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II tournament to be held in Roseville, next Thursday.