Rocklin Defeats Lincoln of Stockton to advance in Thriller

By Jeremy McDonald

STOCKTON--  Rocklin and Lincoln of Stockton boys tennis came down to the wire Tuesday afternoon, but the Thunder would live to fight another day with a 5-4 victory to advance to Monday’s CIF-Sac Joaquin Section Division-I quarterfinals versus Pleasant Grove.

“Unbelievable,” said Rocklin Head Coach Dale Eckenburg on the game.  “What a great match…Going in I knew it was going to be close and it was.

The Thunder would drop the first set in four of their six singles matches, but senior Alex Aagelakopuolos won the number singles match as Rocklin went on to split the singles matches.

Senior’s Alex Prince and Matt Carter defeated Lincoln’s number one doubles team of Abirath Nakka and Kienan Clewis for the number one doubles win, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

With the number three team going down in straight sets, it came down to the number two doubles team of Kabir Chitre and Dominic Navarro for the game win.


They overcame three match points to take second set 8-6 to force a decisive third set and faced deuce point down 4-5 to take a 7-5, set win to send Rocklin to the next round.

“Down 4-5 and deuce point, they saved another match point and evened the set at 5-5,” said Eckenberg of the decisive set.  “The duo broke to go up 6-5 and finished the game, set and match with a great service game by Kabir and the Cinco De Mayo celebration was on.”