Seven players on Bishop’s Lady Broncos tennis team headed into the Central Valley for the CIF individual championships Friday, Nov. 1.
Of those seven, doubles partners Bronwyn Stephenson and Taylor Stoll advanced to the second round, a rarity for Bronco players.
“I have been attending individuals for quite a few years,” said coach Patty Cummings, “and rarely does a team from Bishop ever make it to the second round. It’s quite an accomplishment for Taylor and Bronwyn and I am very proud of them.”
In addition to Stephenson and Stoll, doubles partners Katie Tanksley and Tessa Wright and singles Gabi Morales, Kelly Pfeiler with alternate Laura Rossy all qualified for the trip to Garces Memorial High School in Bakersfield.
Twenty-six girls from 18 different schools participated in the first round of singles. Bishop’s Pfeiler was up against Erica Stock from Stockdale and fell 0-6, 0-6. Morales drew Madison Swaney from Frontier High and was able to fight for one game, but lost 1-6, 0-6. Swaney proved to be a tough opponent, going all the way through the series to compete in the finals this weekend.
Second-time qualifiers in the doubles round, Wright and Tanksley drew the seventh seed team from Wasco High School.
Wright and Tanksley started out slow, losing the first set 2-6, then came back to take a 4-1 lead in the second. But, the Wasco team rallied for a 6-4 win.
Stephenson and Stoll put the pressure on in the first-round match against their opponents from Ridgeview High School. The Bishop team won 6-1, 6-2. In the second round on Saturday morning, Nov. 2, the pair was matched up with the number two tournament seed from Garces. “We managed to get one game in the first set,” said Cummings, “but lost the second 0-6.”
Cummings expressed her appreciation for the help from Nikki Rossy throughout the season and for the parents who drove vans for the team. “It was a great season,” she said.