Rocklin Boys Tennis Defeats Pitman 8-1 to advance

By Jeremy McDonald

Rocklin proved dominant on the tennis courts Monday afternoon versus Pitman with an 8-1 victory over the Pride to advance to round two of the CIF-Sac Joaquin Section Division-I playoffs.

"Pitman of Turlock offered little resistance in the singles but did get a win and sets in doubles," said Thunder head coach Dale Eckenberg of the opposition.

In singles, five of six singles games resulted in clean two-game sweeps for Rocklin.

The lone one game that went the distance, Ben Bardet won that match with a 6-2 win in the third game for a complete Thunder sweep of Pitman in the singles matchup.

Rocklin would take two of three in the doubles pairing with the lone Pride win came with a 7-5, 4-6 (10-6) win in the final double pair's match of the day.

Up next for the Thunder is Lincoln of Stockton in Stockton, but their is still room for improvements heading into today's 3:30 match.

"For us to beat Lincoln," said Eckenberg. "Our doubles will need to be better.  We must do the little things to come out on top."