Tennis

Overview

St. Francis Tennis

9-Time Sac-Joaquin Section Champions:

1995, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

26-Time League Champions:

1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. 2015

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Varsity Tennis Tryouts

Varsity Tennis Tryouts will be Wednesday August 16 thru Friday August 18. They will be at Rio Del Oro Racquet Club from 3:30-5:30 p.m.. Tryouts are closed to parents. Please bring appropriate tennis clothes and shoes, tennis racquet, sunscreen and lots of water. Any questions, please email Head Coach Kristi Spector. Sports Physical forms must be competed ahead of time or your child will not be allowed on the court. 

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Thirty Troubadours Honored with SportStars All-City Honors

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis had 30 Troubadours represented on the 2016-17 SportStars River Cats All-City teams announced before Sunday’s game with against the Nashville Sounds. Overall, SportStars Magazine celebrated 500 athletes at the eighth annual event.

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Sports Media Club’s Spellacy Admitted to Stanford Summer Program

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Freshman Peyton Spellacy has been selected to the Newsroom By The Bay, a summer digital journalism program for high school students held every summer at Stanford University. The program will be held July 2-9, 2017.

“It is really special because it is a select group,’ said Spellacy. “A lot of them are seniors and juniors. I am excited to learn about their experiences and really use it as an opportunity to grow in my own broadcasting.”

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Spector Named Delta League Coach of the Year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis tennis coach Kristi Spector was named the Delta League Coach of the Year. She led the Troubadours to the quarterfinals of the CIF/USTA Northern California Regional Tennis Championships and the Delta League championship.

The Troubadour tennis team also advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section finals before losing to Oak Ridge, finishing with an 18-3 record on the season and posting a perfect undefeated 12-0 mark in Delta League play. It was the second consecutive league title for the Troubadours and first NorCal appearance since 2011.

Season highlight

2016 Tennis Highlights

  • St. Francis reached the quarterfinals of the CIF/USTA Northern California Regional Tennis Championships presented by Farmers before a 5-2 loss to third-seeded Amador Valley
  • The Troubadour tennis team advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section finals before losing to Oak Ridge (7-2). They advanced with wins over Vacaville (9-0), Rocklin (7-2) and Del Oro (5-4). The Troubadours advanced to NorCals after posting a win over McClatchy in the play-in match.
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Troubadour Fall Sports Post Fantastic Seasons

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis Troubadours had a fantastic fall athletic season highlighted by a fourth-place finish by the cross country program at the CIF State Championships. Overall, St. Francis recorded three top-10 state finishes among four CIF NorCal appearances. All five fall varsity teams earned playoff berths and made playoff runs in their respective sports

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Tennis Falls in NorCals to Amador Valley

FOLSOM, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team’s season came to an end Friday in the quarterfinals of the CIF/USTA Northern California Regional Tennis Championships presented by Farmers with a 5-2 loss to third-seeded Amador Valley at the Broadstone Racquet Club.

“I am really proud of the girls for the way they played, not only today, but the entire season,” said Head Coach Kristi Spector. “This was truly a team all the way from No. 1 to No. 18 in terms of support each other and working together on and off the court. It has been a wonderful year with a lot of support.”

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Tennis Opens Against Amador Valley in NorCals

FOLSOM, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team was awarded a No. 6 seed in the CIF/USTA Northern California Regional Tennis Championships presented by Farmers. The Troubadours will take on No. 3 seed Amador Valley (12-3) at 10 a.m. on Friday at Broadstone Racquet Club. The Dons were the North Coast Section runner-up.

The winner will advance to a 2 p.m. match against the winner of No. 2 St. Ignatius and No. 7 Red Bluff.

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Tennis Advances to NorCals with Win over McClatchy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Freshman Adithi Benush provided the clinching point in a 6-3 win over McClatchy Thursday at Rio del Oro racquet Club, earning the St. Francis tennis team a berth in the upcoming CIF State NorCal Championships.

“I am beyond proud of the team,” said Head Coach Kristi Spector. “We were tired and so was McClatchy. But, I told them before the matches started that I knew we were tired mentally and physically but we can do this. We had to dig down deep and when you think you can’t go any further, yes you can! That was my motto.”

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Tennis Finishes Second in Section; Will Play for NorCal Berth

FOLSOM, Calif. – Oak Ridge defeated St. Francis 7-2 to win the Sac-Joaquin Section title and the automatic berth into the NorCal Tennis Championships next week at Broadstone Racquet Club.

“I am feeling really good but these girls are really tired,” said Head Coach Kristi Spector. “They have had some long matches. But I am really proud of the girls. Oak Ridge is the No. 1 team in the Sierra Foothill League and No. 1 seed in the playoff bracket. We had a couple matches that could have gone either way. Regardless, I hoping we can pull off the win and advance to NorCals.”

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Tennis Advances to Section Finals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – After three hours and 12 minutes, senior Annie Gianulias prevailed at No. 6 singles with a three-set win over Alora Jorgensen to clinch the match 5-4 for the St. Francis tennis team over Del Oro and earn the Troubadours a berth in the Sac-Joaquin Section finals on Wednesday.

“It feels, honestly, awesome,” said Gianulias. “It was a tough match to pull out. Assistant coach Todd Stanley told us these are the matches you will remember and they are one you have to fight for.”

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Tennis Advances to Section Semis

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team won four three-set matches  to propel the Troubadours into the Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals with a 7-2 win over Rocklin Monday afternoon at the Rio del Oro Racquet Club.

St. Francis opened the match with a pair of 6-0, 6-0 wins at No. 5 and No. 6 singles by Marisa Fat and Annie Gianulias, respectively. In doubles, senior Abby Benvenuti and Sabrina Voeller gave SF the 3-2 lead with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 at the top spot. But the match was decided by four matches that went three sets, including two singles and two doubles.

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Jackson Sisters Advance in Section Doubles

ROSEVILLE, Calif. –The third-seeded junior pair of Kiya and Kyla Jackson advanced to the semifinals of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Doubles bracket. The sister duo defeated Emma Canepa and Nikkie Barajas of Lodi 6-4, 6-2 in the quarterfinals after opening with a win over Nikki Patel and Sasha Ehrler of Modesto 6-1, 6-3.

They will face No. 2 seed Ashley and Ali Issac of Del Oro on Friday morning at 11 a.m.at the Johnson Ranch Racquet Club.

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Tennis Opens Section Playoffs with 9-0 Win

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team opened the Sac-Joaquin Section with a 9-0 win over Vacaville. They will advance to the quarterfinals on Monday, Nov. 7 against the winner of Rocklin and Turlock.

“It was a great match for us,” said Spector. “All of our girls played great. Vacaville was a pleasure to play and they were the epitome of sportsmanship and kindness. They were gracious winning or losing.”

St. Francis won all nine matches without dropping a set, sweeping both the singles and doubles.

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Jackson Sisters Win Delta League Doubles

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Juniors Kiya and Kyla Jackson defended their Delta League doubles title and will represent the league in the Sac-Joaquin Section Individual doubles tournament Nov. 3-4 at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club.

The Jackson sisters defeated Lauren Duan and Lyna Jiang of Davis 6-3, 5-4 before the Blue Devil pair had to retire in the second set of the final. To reach the final, they defeated teammates Macy Wood and Sabrina Voeller in the semifinals 6-0, 6-1 and Cameron Parra and Samantha Sonntag in the quarterfinals 6-1, 6-1 in posting a perfect 4-0 mark on the day.

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Tennis Receives Bye, High Seed in Section Tennis Bracket

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – After posting an undefeated season in the Delta League, the St. Francis tennis team earned the league’s top seed and bye for the first round, the Sac-Joaquin Section office announced Friday.

“I am super proud of our team this year going undefeated,” said Spector. “We have always had great results in my tenure but have never gone undefeated in the league. It is a testament to the girls, the team, coaches and everything working together. The parents are also a huge part of our team. We are looking forward to seeing how far we can go in the playoffs.”

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Tennis Celebrates Seniors with Win; Seal Delta League title

ELK GROVE, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team defeated Franklin 7-2 Tuesday to complete the season sweep over the Wildcats and move one win closer to posting a perfect league season. The Troubadours also celebrated their six seniors before the match.

“Being part of tennis the past four years and seeing the team grow stronger each year has been awesome,” said senior Annie Gianulias. “We started out third in the league our freshmen year and we have built our way up to No. 1. It is pretty cool to see how we have grown together.”

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Tennis Posts Perfect Week with Two Sweeps

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team posted a perfect week, recording two 9-0 sweeps in Delta League play. The Troubadours defeated Elk Grove on Tuesday and Sheldon on Thursday, moving closer to clinching the Delta League title.

Sophomore Myra Anwar and juniors Kiya Jackson and Kyla Jackson played in both matches in singles, winning each in straight sets. Six other players including seniors Abby Benvenuti and Annie Gianulias, juniors Marisa Fat and Cameron Parra and freshman Adithi Benush and Samantha Sonntag posted singles victories.

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Tennis Starts Second Half with 9-0 Win

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Abby Benvenuti posted an unblemished 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 6 singles over Angela Emerick as St. Francis posted a 9-0 win over Pleasant Grove on Tuesday. The Troubadours improved to 9-2 overall and 8-0 in league play.

St. Francis swept all six singles positions, losing a total of nine games while taking all 12 sets. Sophomore Myra Anwar won at No. 1, freshman Adithi Benush was a winner at No. 2. Juniors Kiya Jackson, Kyla Jackson and Marisa Fat were also winners for the Troubies.

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Tennis Posts 7-2 Win over Monterey Trail

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior Kiya Jackson stepped up to No. 1 singles as St. Francis remained undefeated at 6-0 after the first-half of Delta League play with a 7-2 win over Monterey Trail at the Rio del Oro Racquet Club.

Jackson, who posted a 7-5, 6-2 win over Lisa Cummings, set the tone as all six singles players won in straight sets. Sister Kyla Jackson won at No. 2 and junior Marisa Fat failed to lose a game at No. 3. Senior Abby Benvenuti was a 6-0, 6-1 winner at No. 4, while both senior Annie Gianulias and senior Sabrina Voeller blanked their opponents.

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Tennis Takes Matchup with Franklin 7-2

ELK GROVE, Calif. – St. Francis and Franklin tied for the Delta League tennis title last year and had the first match against their rival circled on the schedule. The Troubadours made the first statement of the season with a 7-2 win over the Wildcats at Laguna Creek Racquet Club to take over first-place in the league standings.

“We have been looking forward to Franklin knowing it would be one of our toughest matches all season,” said senior Sabrina Voeller. “It feels very good to win. It is amazing.”

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Tennis Shuts Out Sheldon in Delta Dual

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sophomore Myra Anwar led a sweep in singles to help St. Francis post a 9-0 win over Sheldon in a Delta League dual match at Rio del Oro Racquet Club. The Troubadours improved to 4-0 in league play heading into a match against rival Franklin on Thursday.

“Everyone played really well today and put out their best efforts, trying to improve and get pumped up for the Franklin match,” said sophomore Myra Anwar.

Anwar defeated Sheldon’s Krista Lee at No. 1 singles 6-3, 6-2 to improve to 4-4 overall at the top position.

Volunteer Opportunity

Booster Que Dates and Signups

Interested in getting your parent hours while out cheering on the Troubies? Volunteer for an upcoming Booster Que!  Click HERE for all the upcoming volunteer opportunities.

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Tennis Improves to 3-0 in League Play

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team improved to 3-0 in Delta League play with two wins this week. The first came in a 7-2 victory over rival Davis across the Causeway on Tuesday, while the team returned home Thursday to post a 9-0 win over Elk Grove.

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Tennis Opens Delta League Play with Win

ELK GROVE, Calif. – St. Francis won the Delta League opener with a 9-0 sweep of Pleasant Grove on Thursday. St. Francis swept all six singles matches in straight sets and repeated the feat in doubles to record a perfect opening match.

Roster

2016 Tennis Roster

Name Ht. Class Hometown (Previous School)
Myra Anwar* 5-3 Sophomore Sacramento (Natomas Charter)
Bianca Ariza 5-3 Freshman Sacramento (Holy Spirit)
Bailey Avery 5-6 Senior Sacramento 9 (St. Ignatious)
Abby Benvenuti* 5-6 Senior Sacramento (Sierra Oaks)
Adithi Benush 5-3 Freshman Sacramento (Brookfield)
Marisa Fat* 5-5 Junior Sacramento (Sac Country Day)
Stephanie Fong* 5-4 Junior Sacramento (Brookfield)
Annie Gianulias* 5-4 Senior Sacramento (St. Michaels)
JJ Gianulias 5-2 Freshman Sacramento (Sacred Heart)
Kiya Jackson* 5-5 Junior Elk Grove (St. Elizabeth)
Kyla Jackson* 5-4 Junior Elk Grove (St. Elizabeth)
Megan Kahn* 5-2 Senior Sacramento (St. Ignatius)
Lilly McGee 5-5 Junior Fair Oaks (Bella VIsta)
Cameron Parra* 5-0 Junior Sacramento (Sacred Heart)
Samantha Sonntag 5-3 Freshman Folsom (St. John Notre Dame)
Peyton Spellacy 5-8 Freshman Carmichael (St. Michael’s)
Sabrina Voeller 5-8 Senior El Dorado Hills (St. Michaels)
Macy Wood* 5-6 Senior Grass Valley (Nevada Union)

* Returning Letter Winner

Head Coach: Kristi Spector (Fourth Season)

Assistant Coach: Camile Benvenuti (Fourth Season)

Assistant Coach: Mary Johnson

Assistant Coach: Todd Stanley

Manager: Jordaine Tran

Roster By Class

Senior (6): Bailey Avery, Abby Benvenuti, Annie Gianulias, Megan Kahn, Sabrina Voeller, Macy Wood.

Junior (6): Marisa Fat, Stephanie Fong, Kiya Jackson, Kyla Jackson, Lilly McGee, Cameron Parra.

Sophomores (1): Myra Anwar.

Freshmen (5): Bianca Ariza, Adithi Benush, JJ Gianulias, Samantha Sonntag, Peyton Spellacy.

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Fall Tryout Information

Hope everyone had a great summer and is excited to get back on Monday. Here is some basic tryout information for cross country, golf, tennis and water polo for next week. All students must have a physical on file with the Athletic Department before starting tryouts or practices. If you have any questions, please let us know.

For more information, go to

http://www.stfrancishs.org/tryout-information

Cross Country Tryouts

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St. Francis Renews Agreement with adidas Team Sports

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis Catholic High School has renewed its exclusive partnership with adidas Team Sports for four years, Athletic Director Mark McGreevy announced.

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St. Francis Athletics Partners with SportsLeader

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis High School and the Troubadour Athletic Department will partner with SportsLeader over the next four years to implement their Catholic virtue-based formation program for coaches.

“In offering athletics programs at St. Francis we seek to use sport as a context for physical, intellectual, and spiritual growth,” said Athletic Director Mark McGreevy. “Our partnership with Sports Leader represents a continuation of that great Troubie tradition in a very intentional way.”

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Troubadours Place Second in Delta League All-Sports Award

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis athletic department placed second overall in the All-Sports Award standings for the Delta League among the girls programs for the 2015-16 season, losing to Davis by two points. The Troubadours recorded a league-best seven combined first and second-place finishes.

“We congratulate Davis and appreciate the great competition in our league,” said Athletic Director Mark McGreevy. “Winning is not a primary goal but a byproduct  of doing things well and we are proud of the efforts of our student-athletes and coaches.”

Athletic schedule

2016 Tennis Schedule

Date Opponent Site Time/Result
Aug. 26-27 B.O.S.S. Tournament Roseville Third, 2-1
Sept. 1 at Oakridge (EX) Broadstone RC L, 5-4
Sept. 8 at Pleasant Grove* Pleasant Grove W, 9-0
Sept. 13 at Davis* Davis W, 7-2
Sept. 15 Elk Grove* Rio del Oro RC W, 9-0
Sept. 20 Sheldon* Rio del Oro RC W, 9-0
Sept. 22 at Franklin* Laguna Creek RC W, 7-2
Sept. 27 Monterey Trail* Rio del Oro Racquet Club W, 7-2
Oct. 4 Pleasant Grove* Rio del Oro Racquet Club W, 9-0
Oct. 6 Davis* Rio del Oro RC W, 7-2
Oct. 11 at Elk Grove* Elk Grove W, 9-0
Oct. 13 at Sheldon* Sheldon W, 9-0
Oct. 18 Franklin* Rio del Oro Racquet Club W, 7-2
Oct. 20 at Monterey Trail* Monterey Trail W, 9-0
Oct. 24 at Delta River League Singles Johnson Ranch All Day
Oct. 26 at Delta River League Doubles Johnson Ranch All Day
Nov. 1 Section Playoffs Rio del Oro RC 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 3-4 Individual Section Playoffs Johnson Ranch TBA
Nov. 7 Section Playoffs School Sites 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 8 Section Playoffs Home Sites TBA
Nov. 9 Section Playoffs Home Sites TBA
Nov. 18-19 Nor Cal Playoffs Home Sites TBA

*Delta League

Coach

Kristi Spector
Head Tennis Coach

Kristi Spector enters her fourth season as the Head Tennis coach at St. Francis High School. She has led the Troubadours to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs each season and a share of the Delta League title in 2015. She has led the program to a combined 39-9 overall record in her three seasons and a 30-6 league mark.

Coach

Mary Johnson
Assistant Tennis Coach

Mary Johnson joins the St. Francis coaching staff as a assistant coach with the tennis program for the 2016 season.

Johnson was the Head Coach at the University of Santa Clara from 1983-87 after three years as an assistant at UC-Berkeley from 1981-83.  She played collegiately at UC Santa Barbara (1977-79) and UC Berkeley (1979-81), earning national rankings all four years.

She graduated from Berkeley in 1981 and earned her Master’s  in physical education from Cal State Hayward in 1984. She received her Master’s in counseling from Santa Clara in 1988.

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Alumnae Verspieren ’12 and Murbach ’14 Making Waves with Gonzaga Rowing

GOLD RIVER, Calif. – Former Troubadour Madeleine Verspieren ’12 was drawn to the big boat setup at orientation and decided to try out a new sport. Four years later, she helped the Zags record their best NCAA finish in school history and will leave with two degrees and a feeling of accomplishment from her time on the water.

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Booster Club Award Winners Announced

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Five student-athletes were recipients of the Booster Club Awards on Wednesday at the St. Francis Awards Ceremony.

Tennis and soccer player Avery Spector and volleyball player Nina Sanfilippo were the Booster Club Leadership Award winners. The recognition is given to the student or students who demonstrate leadership in athletics.

Photo Caption (From L to R): Maggie Oys (Water Polo), Ashley Newland (Soccer), Emily Peters (Swimming), Avery Spector (Tennis), Elle Minor (Water Polo), Ally Tambornini (Water Polo), Lilly Enes (Track and Field), Ariane Arndt (XC/Track and Field), Chase Worthen (Cross Country), Sydney Vandegrift (XC/Track and Field) and Shelby Tevis (Softball).
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Twenty-One Troubadours Earn River Cats All-City Sponsored by SportsStars

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis had 21 selections to the River Cats All-City teams sponsored by SportsStars presented prior to the game Sunday at Raley Field. The Troubadours had student-athletes selected to each team led by four from the Sac-Joaquin Section winning water polo team.

Season highlight

2015 Tennis Highlights

  • The Troubadour tennis team advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals. They advanced with wins over Vacaville (9-0) and Del Oro (5-4).
  • The team posted a 15-2 overall record under Kristi Spector, including an 11-1 Delta League mark to finish tied for first with Franklin. It was the first league title since 2012.
  • St. Francis senior Avery Spector was named the Delta League Most Valuable Player by a vote of the coaches and earned all-league honors for the third consecutive season. Spector finished the season with a 13-4 dual match record and 17-5 overall mark.
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Tennis’ Spector Named Delta League MVP

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Avery Spector was named the Delta League Most Valuable Player by a vote of the coaches. Spector led the Troubadour tennis team to a Delta League title and the Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals.

“It is one of the best things that has happened to me at St. Francis,” said Spector. “It was really awesome, especially in my senior year. It was definitely a highlight of the season.”

Spector finished the season with a 13-4 dual match record and 17-5 overall mark. She was 10-2 in league matches.

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Tennis Season Ends with 6-3 Loss to Rocklin

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis teams lost in the Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals to Rocklin 6-3 Wednesday, ending their bid for the first section title since 2011.

“The girls played as hard as they could,” said Head Coach Kristi Spector. “After the win emotional yesterday, it was tough to turn around and do it again. Rocklin played a great match. Everyone fought their hardest and I am really proud of the team.”

Caption: Thirteen St. Francis Troubadours participated in the National Letter-of-Intent and College Commitment Celebration at St. Francs on Wednesday. Front Row (L to R): Katie McIntee (Swimming, San Jose State), Tiffany Wong (Diving, UC San Diego), Lilly Enes (Track & Field, Yale), Mel Baccay (Softball, Michigan State), Caroline Coyle (Crew, UCLA). Back Row (L to R): Maggie Oys (Water Polo, Santa Clara), Tia Hay (Basketball, Colorado State), Jenna Barthels (Water Polo, Cal-State Northridge), Chloe Mitchell (Swimming, Fordham), Nicole Spring (Track & Field, Brown), Julianna Qvistgaard (Crew, Cal), Julie Zanobini (Water Polo, Loyola Marymount), Ariane Arndt (Track &Field, Cal).
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2015 Fall Signing Day

Thirteen St. Francis Troubadours participated in the National Letter-of-Intent and College Commitment Celebration at St. Francs on Wednesday.

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Tennis Advances to Section Semifinals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis got two doubles wins after splitting six singles matches to defeat Del Oro on Tuesday in the Sac-Joaquin Section quarterfinals 5-4 at Del Oro Racquet Club. The Troubadours advance to host Rocklin on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

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Spector and Jackson Sisters Represent Well at First Day of Individuals

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Senior Avery Spector lost in the quarterfinals to a nationally-ranked player from Lodi and Kiya and Kyla Jackson advanced to the semifinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I individual singles and doubles championships Friday at Johnsen Ranch Racquet Club.

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Tennis Advances in Section Team Tournament

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section quarterfinals with a 9-0 win over Vacaville at Rio del Oro Racquet Club. The Troubadours will host Del Oro on Monday, Nov. 9. Del Oro posted a 8-1 win over Enochs.

“We were solid all the way through,” said Head Coach Kristi Spector. “It was windy today so the girls had to keep their feet moving. I wanted them to play their match their own way.”

St. Francis swept all six singles matches, dropping just seven games over 12 sets.

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Jackson Sisters Win Delta League Doubles Title

ELK GROVE, Calif. – Kyla and Kiya Jackson won the Delta League doubles title with 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory in the finals Wednesday and Avery Spector lost a tight match in the singles final 6-3, 6-3. Both will advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section singles and doubles championships next week by virtue of reaching the league finals.

 

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Spector Reaches Finals in Delta League Singles

ELK GROVE, Calif. – Senior Avery Spector reached the Delta League Singles final for the second consecutive season and earned a berth in the Sac-Joaquin Section individual bracket.

Spector won three matches on the day and will face Jacquie Tan of Franklin on Wednesday in the final. She advanced to the final with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Lisa Cummings of Monterey Trail in the first round, a 6-2, 6-0 win over teammate Macy Wood in the second and a 6-1, 7-6 (5) victory over Kayla Nguyen of Franklin the semifinals.

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Tennis Receives First Round Bye in Section Playoffs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – After tying for the Delta League Championship and winning the tiebreaker with Franklin, the St. Francis tennis team earned the league’s top seed and bye for the first round.

St. Francis (14-1) will open play with a home match on Tuesday, Nov. 3 against the winner of the Nov. 2 match between Atwater, the No. 3 seed out of the Central California Conference, and the No. 2 seed from the Monticello Empire League.

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Tennis Ties for Delta League Title with Win over Monterey Trail

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team closed the regular season with a 9-0 win over Monterey Trail and finished tied for Franklin for the Delta League title. It is the 27th league title in school history and first for the program since 2012.

St. Franics lost just five games in sweeping the six singles matches and dropped just six games in three doubles wins.

The Troubadours improved to 11-1 on the season in league play.

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Tennis Sweeps Pleasant Grove, Wins Sixth Straight

ELK GROVE, Calif. – St. Francis won its sixth consecutive match to improve to 10-1 in league play and 13-1 overall with a 9-0 sweep of Pleasant Grove on Thursday.

The Troubadours posted six straight-set sweeps in singles with wins by Avery Spector, Kyla Jackson, Kiya Jackson, Marisa Fat, Myra Anwar and Sabrina Voeller.

St. Francis 9, Pleasant Grove 0

Singles

1. Avery Spector, SF, def. Meaghan Sterk, PG, 6-1, 6-1

2. Kyla Jackson, SF, def., Brooke Pland, PG, 6-4, 6-0

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Tennis Avenges League Loss to Franklin

ELK GROVE, Calif. – The St. Francis doubles teams swept three matches to break open a close contest and give the Troubadours a 6-3 win over Franklin. The win avenged the only loss on the season to Franklin (5-4) on Sept. 21 and moved St. Francis into a tie for first place.

Freshman Myra Anwar and junior Macy Wood were straight set winners at No. 1 doubles, while sophomores Sabrina Voeller and Cameron Parra combined for a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 2. Junior Megan Kahn and senior Eden Elliott pulled out a three-set win to complete the sweep.

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Spectors Leading Tennis Team to Memorable Season

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Avery Spector is leading the St. Francis tennis team to a special season behind her strong play at the top singles position. The Troubadours improved to 11-1 on the season after a 9-0 win over Sheldon Monday.

“It has been really good this year,” said Avery. “The spirit is great and everyone is pushing from No. 1 to 18.”

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Tennis Posts Shutout Over Elk Grove

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team improved to 10-1 with a 9-0 win over Elk Grove on Wednesday. The Troubadours lost just a single game in sweeping six singles matches.

Avery Spector, Kyla Jackson, Kiya Jackson, Marisa Fat, Abby Benvenuti and Sabrina Voeller all posted singles win. Myra Anwar and Macy Wood combined for a straight set win at No. 1 doubles. Carmen Orozionez and Cece Crowley were winners at No. 2 and Julia Kucic and Sarah Morris paired for a win at No. 3.

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Tennis Completes Season Sweep over Davis

DAVIS, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team swept all six singles matches and won two of three doubles matches to post an 8-1 victory over Davis Monday. The Troubadours improved to 9-1 on the season and 6-1 in league play.

Senior Avery Spector led off the match with a win at No. 1 singles as St. Francis won five of the six matches in straight sets. Other winners included Kyla Jackson, Kiya Jackson, Marisa Fat, Myra Anwar and Annie Gianulias.

Transfer Macy Wood made her Troubie debut, partnering with Abbie Benvenuti at No. 1 doubles.

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Tennis Match Postponed Against Pleasant Grove

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The tennis match at Pleasant Grove has been postponed today due to the rain in the area and will be re-scheduled at a later date. 

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Tennis Completes First Half of League Slate with 9-0 Win

ELK GROVE, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team completed the first half of the Delta League schedule with a 9-0 win over Monterey Trail, improving to 5-1 in league play and 8-1 on the season.

The Troubadours got singles wins from Sabrina Voeller and Cameron Parra at No. 5 and 6 singles, respectively. Senior Avery Spector and sophomores Kiya Jackson, Kyla Jackson and Marisa Fat were also winners in straight sets.

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Tennis Falls to Franklin 5-4

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Franklin closed out a four-an-half hour match over St. Francis with straight set win at No. 3 doubles to take the first match between two of the top teams in the Delta League.

“Our team fought really hard today,” said Head Coach Kristi Spector. “We played through the heat. It was a great match and good information for when we play them again.”

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Tennis Pulls Out Tough Match Against Davis

ELK GROVE, Calif. – Four matches were decided by tiebreakers as the St. Francis tennis team pulled out a 7-2 victory over Davis Thursday in a key Delta League match at Rio del Oro Racquet Club.

“I am really proud of the girls,” said Head Coach Kristi Spector.

St. Francis (7-0, 5-0) remained undefeated on the season to setup an important home match Monday against Franklin at Rio. The St. Francis Booster Club will host its annual Tennis Booster Que with free hamburgers and hot dogs for all players, coaches and fans from both schools.

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Tennis Sweeps Sheldon 9-0

ELK GROVE, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team posted a 9-0 victory over Sheldon Wednesday afternoon to remain undefeated at 6-0 and 4-0 in Delta League play.

Sophomore Marisa Fat won 6-0, 6-0 in straight sets at No. 2 singles and Annie Gianulias posted a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles. Senior Avery Spector won at No. 1, while junior Abby Benvenuti won at No. 4. Other singles winners included freshman Myra Anwar at No. 5 and junior Megan Kahn at No. 6.

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Tennis Sweeps Elk Grove in League Match 9-0

ELK GROVE, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team swept Elk Grove 9-0 Monday in a Delta League dual match, dropping just seven games in singles and four in doubles in one of their best matches of the season.

The Troubadours got straight set wins by Avery Spector, Kyla Jackson, Kiya Jackson, Marisa Fat, Abby Benvenuti and Myra Anwar in singles.

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Tennis Opens League with Win over Pleasant Grove

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Avery Spector posted a straight set win at No. 1 singles as St. Francis cruised to an 8-1 win in the Delta League opener against Pleasant Grove at Rio del Oro Racquet Club.

St. Francis swept all six singles matches in straight sets. Sophomores Kyla and Kiya Jackson claimed wins at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively. Sophomore Marisa Fat was a 6-1, 6-1 winner at No. 4 and Annie Gianulias and Abby Benvenuti completed the sweep at No. 5 and 6 singles.

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Tennis Wins B.O.S.S. Tournament to Open Season

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team won the Best of Sacramento Showcase Saturday with a 9-0 win over McClatchy, completing a perfect opening weekend. The Troubadours advanced to the finals with a 9-0 win over Bella Vista Saturday morning and opened the tournament with a 6-3 win over Granite Bay.

“We went in trying to play the best of our abilities and the best that we can,” said Head Coach Kristi Spector. “Everyone stepped up. The scores did not indicate how tough the matches were. They were on the court for a long time.”

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Tennis Team Opens Play at B.O.S.S. Tournament

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team opens the 2015 season Friday at the Best of Sacramento Showcase Tennis Tournament. The Troubadours open up against Granite Bay at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at Feist Park.

Matches continue on Saturday with the winner’s bracket at Rocklin High School at 10:30 a.m. and the loser’s bracket at Whitney High School.

St. Francis went 2-1 and finished fifth in the Best of Sacramento Showcase last season. The Troubadours defeated McClatchy 7-2 and Roseville 8-1 after opening the tournament with a 5-4 loss to Del Oro Friday.

Roster

2015 Tennis Roster

Name Ht. Class Hometown (Previous School)
Myra Anwar 5-3 Freshman Sacramento (Natomas Charter)
Abby Benvenuti* 5-5 Junior Sacramento (Sierra Oaks)
Cecilia Crowley 5-2 Freshman Sacramento (OLA)
Eden Elliott* 5-5 Senior Sacramento (Shalom School)
Marisa Fat* 5-4 Sophomore Sacramento (Sac Country Day)
Stephanie Fong* 5-4 Sophomore Sacramento (Brookfield)
Annie Gianulias* 5-4 Junior Sacramento (St. Michaels)
Kiya Jackson* 5-5 Sophomore Elk Grove (St. Elizabeth)
Kyla Jackson* 5-4 Sophomore Elk Grove (St. Elizabeth)
Megan Kahn* 5-1 Junior Sacramento (St. Ignatius)
Julia Lucic 5-8 Sophomore Folsom (St. John Notre Dame)
Sarah Morris 5-9 Sophomore El Dorado Hills (Rolling Hills)
Carmen Ocazionez 5-2 Sophomore Sacramento (Brookfield)
Cameron Parra* 5-0 Sophomore Sacramento (Sacred Heart)
Izabella Samuel* 5-2 Senior Sacramento (St. John Evangelist)
Avery Spector* 5-3 Senior Sacramento (St. Ignatius)
Sabrina Voeller 5-8 Junior El Dorado Hills (St. Michaels)
Macy Wood 5-4 Junior Grass Valley (Nevada Union)

* Returning Letter Winner

Head Coach: Kristi Spector (Third Season)

Assistant Coach: Camile Benvenuti (Third Season)

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Tennis Sisters to Play at USTA National Championship

ELK GROVE, Calif. – Sophomores Kiya and Kyla Jackson were part of the Laguna Creek Racquet Club’s Coed 18 & Under Intermediate team that captured the Northern California championship title at this year’s USTA Northern California Junior Team Tennis Summer Coed Section Championships on August 1-2 in Elk Grove.

“I think it was pretty cool because we had home court advantage,” said Kiya. “When you were playing, everyone was watching us in center court. Our doubles match was the deciding match.”

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Former Collegiate Basketball Coach and AD Morrison Speaks to Athletics Department

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Former college basketball coach and athletic director Stan Morrison was the keynote speaker for the St. Francis athletics department retreat in August 2015. Morrison started his coaching career at El Camino High School before embarking on a career that would include head coaching jobs at Pacific, USC, San Jose State Basketball coach and as the AD at both UC Santa Barbara and UC Riverside.

Morrison had several messages for the Troubadour coaches intertwined among his tremendous coaching experiences and stories that highlighted his talking points.

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St. Francis Tennis Tryouts

The first day of tryouts will be Tuesday, August 18. Tryouts will go thru Friday August 21, and possibly into the following week if necessary. Tryouts will be held at Rio Del Oro Racquet Club from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday and 3:30-5:30 p.m. during the rest of the week. The address is 119 Scripps Dr., Sacramento, Ca 95825. Please bring: tennis racquet, sunscreen, water bottle. Please wear tennis shoes and athletic clothing   Make sure sports physical form is completed BEFORE tryouts.

Athletic schedule

2015 Tennis Schedule

Date Opponent Site Time/Result
Aug. 28 B.O.S.S. Tournament Roseville Results
Sept. 8 Pleasant Grove* Rio del Oro RC W, 8-1
Sept. 14 at Elk Grove* Elk Grove  W, 9-0
Sept. 16 at Sheldon* Sheldon  W, 9-0
Sept. 17 Davis* Rio del Oro RC W, 7-2
Sept. 21 Franklin* Rio del Oro RC L, 5-4
Sept. 23 at Monterey Trail Monterey Trail W, 9-0
Oct. 5 at Davis* Davis W, 8-1
Oct. 7 Elk Grove* Rio del Oro RC W, 9-0
Oct. 12 Sheldon* Rio del Oro RC W, 9-0
Oct. 14 at Franklin* Franklin W, 6-3
Oct. 15 at Pleasant Grove* Pleasant Grove W, 9-0
Oct. 19 Monterey Trail* Rio del Oro RC W, 9-0
Oct. 26 at Delta River League Singles Laguna Creek RC All Day
Oct. 28 at Delta River League Doubles Laguna Creek RC All Day
Nov. 4 Vacaville Section Playoffs Rio del Oro W, 9-0
Nov. 9 Del Rio – Section Playoffs Rio del Oro W, 5-4
Nov. 10 Rocklin – Section Playoffs Rocklin L, 6-3
       

*Delta League

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Troubie Trio Help Gonzaga at NCAA Rowing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Cherie Murbach ’14, Heather Handy ‘14 and Madeleine Vespieren ‘12 competed for Gonzaga in the NCAA Rowing Championships held on Lake Natoma this past weekend.

Murbach, who competed in water polo and track at St. Francis, Handy (golf) and Vespieren (tennis) were on the Second Varsity 8 for the Zags and helped the team to a 17th-place overall finish. It was the second NCAA appearance in school history after the team won the West Coast Conference title.

Season highlight

2014 Tennis Highlights

The Troubadour tennis team advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section quarterfinals for the second consecutive season before losing 5-4 at St. Mary’s. They team advanced in the playoffs with wins over Franklin (S) and Gregori of Modesto.

The team posted a 14-4 overall record under Kristi Spector, including a 10-2 Delta League mark to finish second.

Nicole (‘16) and Alex Freund (’18) are on the track and field team #NationalSiblingDay #TroubieTakeover
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St. Francis Athletics Celebrates National Sibling Day – April 10

St. Francis is known for its sisterhood. Here is a collection of photos of Troubie sisters who play sports for the Troubadours, as well as shots with their sports-playing brothers at Jesuit in honor of National Sibling Day.

#BestofSF2014 Cross Country’s Third-Place Finish at the State Meet
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#BestofSF2014 What was your favorite St. Francis Athletics moment in 2014?

A collection of some of the top moments from the 2014 year from the St. Francis Athletics department.

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2014 Tennis Highlights

  • The Troubadour tennis team advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section quarterfinals for the second consecutive season before losing 5-4 at St. Mary’s. They team advanced in the playoffs with wins over Franklin (S) and Gregori of Modesto.
  • The team posted a 14-4 overall record under Kristi Spector, including a 10-2 Delta League mark to finish second.
  • Junior Avery Spector earned all-league honors for the second consecutive season, posting a 9-6 record at No. 1 singles for the Troubadours. She reached the Delta League singles finals for the second consecutive season.
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Tennis Team Celebrates Season

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team celebrated their 2014 season during the team banquet last week.

The Troubadour tennis team advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section quarterfinals for the second consecutive season before losing 5-4 at St. Mary’s. They team advanced in the playoffs with wins over Franklin (S) and Gregori of Modesto.

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Tennis Season Ends in 5-4 Loss at St. Mary’s

STOCKTON, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team lost a tough 5-4 match to St. Mary’s in the quarterfinals of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championships. St. Mary’s advanced to face Del Oro in the semifinals.

“I gathered the girls after the match and looking at all of their faces, I told them I was so proud of how hard they worked all season long,” said Head Coach Kristi Spector. “For such a young team, they came together and improved drastically all season.”

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Tennis Advances to Section Quarters

MODESTO, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team posted an 8-1 victory over Gregori of Modesto Tuesday to advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section quarterfinals for the second consecutive season. The Troubadours will face the top seed out of the Tri-City Athletic League St. Mary’s on Monday in Stockton.

St. Mary’s was a 9-0 winner over Merced in a second round match on Tuesday.

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Gianulias, Troubadours Advance to Section Second Round

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sophomore Annie Gianulias likes to unleash her hard serve on game and match points and she has had plenty of practice during an undefeated sophomore season for the Troubadour tennis program.

“If it is match or game point, I like to hit my serve really hard to try for an ace or get a really good shot,” said Gianulias.

Gianulias posted a 6-0, 6-2 win over Daniela Pantoja of Franklin of Stockton at No. 5 singles to improve to 14-0 on the season Monday.

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Delta League Singles and Doubles

Freshmen Kiya and Kyla Jackson paired to reach the semifinals of the Delta League doubles before falling to the pair of Cat Paw U and Lauren Duan of Davis

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Jackson Sisters Reach Semifinals; Spector Falls in Singles Finals

NATOMAS, Calif. – Freshmen Kiya and Kyla Jackson paired to reach the semifinals of the Delta League doubles before falling to the pair of Cat Paw U and Lauren Duan of Davis 6-1, 7-6 (10-8) in a close match highlighting a day of play at the Natomas Racquet Club Wednesday.

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Tennis’ Spector Reaches Delta League Singles Finals

NATOMAS, Calif. – Junior Avery Spector advanced to the Delta League Singles Championship match with three wins Monday at the Natomas Racquet Club.

Spector, the No. 2 seed, opened with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Angela Donahu of Davis. In the quarterfinals, she posted a 6-1, 6-1 win over Megan Sterk of Pleasant Grove and reached the finals with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Kayla Nguyen of Franklin.

Spector will face No. 1 seed Jacqui Tan of Franklin on Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. Both players advance to the section singles championship with the finals berth.

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Tennis Section Playoff Bracket Announced

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis program opens play in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs on Monday, Nov. 3 against the No. 3 seed Franklin of Stockton from the San Joaquin Athletic Association. The Troubadours will host the first-round matchup at Rio del Oro Racquet Club beginning at 2 p.m. 

The Troubadours posted a 12-3 record on the season, including a 10-2 mark in the Delta League to finish in second place for the second consecutive season. The top 3 teams in the league qualified for the Division I bracket.

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Tennis Finishes Regular Season with Win

ELK GROVE, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team swept Monterey Trail Monday in the final regular season league match of the season. The Troubadours finished 10-2 in the Delta League, placing second overall in the standings.

Head Coach Kristi Spector sat her No. 2 and 3 singles players, allowing for playing opportunities in both singles and doubles.

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Tennis Celebrates Lone Senior Andre with Win

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior tennis player Alyse Andre is the lone senior on the St. Francis team but her impact has extended well beyond a strong forehand or doubles win.

“Alyse as our only senior more than anything has brought enthusiasm and a fun, free spirit,” said Head Coach Kristi Spector. “She has always been a doubles or an exhibition player; she never had one of the top singles spots but she has always been positive and encouraging while taking the younger girls under her wing.”

Andre’s influence is evident on and off the court with her teammates.

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Tennis Sweeps Sheldon 9-0

ELK GROVE, Calif. – The Troubadour tennis team lost just eight games in singles and did not drop a set in any of the nine matches in weeping Sheldon 9-0 Monday afternoon. St. Francis improved to 10-3 on the season and 8-2 in the Delta League.

Annie Gianulias remained perfect with a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 5 singles, improving her overall singles mark to 12-0 on the season. Junior Avery Spector was efficient at No. 1 singles with a 6-1, 6-0 win. Kyla Jackson and Marisa Fat also dropped just a single game in 6-0, 6-1 wins at No. 3 and No. 4 singles, respectively.

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Tennis Wins at Elk Grove 6-3

ELK GROVE, Calif. – Freshman Kyla Jackson posted a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 2 singles as St. Francis won five of six singles matches to post a 6-3 win over Elk Grove on Wednesday.

St. Francis improved to 9-3 on the season and 7-2 in the Delta League.

Jackson led the charge in singles. Freshman Marisa Fat won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3 singles, while Annie Gianulias was victorious at No. 4. Sophomore Abby Benvenuti record a win at No. 5 singles and sophomore Megan Khan lost just a single game in a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 6.

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Tennis Loses Close Match to Davis 5-4

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – In a battle between first-place teams in the Delta League, Davis edged St. Francis 5-4 at the Rio del Oro Racquet Club Monday.

“It shows there has been a lot of progress over the season and it is only going up,” said Spector. “By the time we get to sections and playoffs, it is going to be better.”

The Devils came back in doubles, sweeping all three matches to claim the victory. St. Francis, who lost 6-3 to Davis earlier this season, won four of six singles matches and lost the other two in three sets, indicating the closeness of the match.

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Tennis Freshman Marisa Fat Enjoying Team Play

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Freshman Marisa Fat is accustomed to competing by herself. But the Sacramento native is enjoying being part of a team and is playing a big role in the success of the St. Francis tennis team.

“It has been really fun and I actually enjoy it a lot,” said Fat. “Even though tennis is an individual sport, I like the experience of being on a team and having people that support you. It has been really good.”

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Tennis Wins Seventh in a Row

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sophomore Annie Gianulias improved to 9-0 on the season to lead St. Francis to an 8-1 victory over Pleasant Grove Wednesday night.

“I stayed consistent and had a good attitude when I have been behind and not let that affect me,” said Gianulias, who has played at the No. 3, 4 and 5 positions. “I was able to move her around and strategize shots.”

Gianulias won without losing a game and posted a 6-0, 6-0 win over Emily Le at No. 5 singles.

Sophomore Abby Benvenuti recorded a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 6 singles.

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Tennis Photos vs. Pleasant Grove (Oct. 1)

Sophomore Annie Gianulias improved to 9-0 on the season without losing a game to lead St. Francis to an 8-1 victory over Pleasant Grove.

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Tennis Posts 9-0 Win over Monterey Trail

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sophomores Megan Khan and Jordaine Tran both posted straight set singles wins to help the St. Francis tennis team to 9-0 victory over Monterey Trail on Wednesday. It was the sixth straight win for the Troubadours.

“Today’s match went really well,” said Khan. “We played really well and did pretty great. I don’t think we lost a set so that was pretty impressive.”

Khan, who played at No. 5 singles, recorded a straight set 6-1, 6-0 win over Lily Wang.

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Tennis Wins Close Match at Franklin

ELK GROVE, Calif. – Freshman Kyla Jackson pulled out a three-set victory at No. 3 singles to clinch the 5-4 victory over Franklin Monday afternoon for the St. Francis tennis team.

“We knew it was going to be a super tough match,” said Head Coach Kristi Spector.  “For us to pull out the match was huge. They are a really strong team. It was good.”

Franklin defeated Davis earlier this season 8-1, a team St. Francis lost to 6-3.

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Tennis Sweeps Sheldon to Improve Win Streak

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Freshman Kiya Jackson led the charge with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles as the St. Francis tennis team posted a 9-0 victory over Sheldon Wednesday afternoon at Rio del Oro Racquet Club. It was the fourth straight win for the team.

St. Francis (5-2) swept all nine matches on the afternoon, dropping a total of 10 games in six singles matches and seven games in three doubles matches.

Student

Marisa Fat
5-4, Freshman, Sacramento

Student

Amanda Sweeney
5-4, Freshman, Folsom

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Tennis Wins Third in a Row

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis swept all nine matches to post a 9-0 win over Elk Grove Monday at Rio del Oro Racquet Club. The Troubadours swept all six singles and three doubles matches in straight sets.

Senior Annie Gianulias and freshman Kiya Jackson both improved to 6-0 on the season with straight set wins in singles.

The Troubadours improve to 4-2 on the season and 2-1 in Delta League action. They return to the court on Wednesday against Sheldon at 3:45 p.m. at Rio del Oro.

ST. FRANCIS 9, ELK GROVE 0

Singles

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Tennis Wins Two Matches in BOSS, Finishes Fifth Overall

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team went 2-1 and finished fifth in the Best of Sacramento Showcase Saturday. The Troubadours defeated McClatchy 7-2 and Roseville 8-1 on Saturday after opening the tournament with a 5-4 loss to Del Oro Friday.

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Davis Hands Tennis First Defeat 6-3

DAVIS, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team lost at Davis 6-3 in the first meeting between the schools as members of the Delta League Wednesday afternoon.

“Overall, it was a good team effort,” said Head Coach Kristi Spector. “We knew it was going to be a tough match. By playing them today, we are going to learn a few things about them and we play them on our home courts next time. It is good to have a really tough match.”

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Tennis Opens Season with 8-1 Victory over Pleasant Grove

ELK GROVE, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team opened the 2014 season with an 8-1 victory over Pleasant Grove in their first Delta League match of the season.

“We have a super young and talented team,” said Head Coach Kristi Spector. “We had a lot of nerves today about the match but the girls came out and played really well. The girls were ready to go and wanted to get that first league match under their belts.”

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Tennis vs. Pleasant Grove Photos

Photos from the season opening win over Pleasant Grove.

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Fall Athletic Spirit Gear Available

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Support your daughter’s team with official St. Francis Adidas spirit gear from Athletics Unlimited. Each fall sport has team specific gear available online until August 29 that will be shipped by Sept. 26. All proceeds from the sales benefit the St. Francis Booster Club.

2014 St. Francis Tennis Team
Front Row (:L to R): Cameron Parra, Megan Khan, Izabella Samuel, Alyse Andre, Avery Spector, Isabella Roberson, Megan McLaughlin, Amanda Sweeney, Stephanie Fong. Back Row (L to R): Head Coach Kristi Spector, Sabrina Voeller, Eden Elliott, Kate Neubuerger, Kiya Jackson, Annie Gianulias, Kyla Jackson, Marisa Fat and Jordaine Tran.
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2014 Tennis Roster

Name Ht. Class Hometown (Previous School)
Alyse Andre 4-11 Senior  Sacramento (OLA)
Abby Benvenuti 5-4 Sophomore Sacramento (Sierra Oaks)
Eden Elliott 5-5 Junior Sacramento (Shalom School)
Marisa Fat 5-4 Freshman Sacramento
Stephanie Fong 5-4 Freshman Sacramento
Antonia Gianulias 5-4 Sophomore Sacramento (St. Michaels)
Kiya Jackson 5-4 Freshman Elk Grove
Kyla Jackson 5-3 Freshman Elk Grove
Megan Kahn 5-1 Sophomore Sacramento (St. Ignatius)
Megan McLaughlin 5-3 Junior Sacramento
Kate Neubuerger 5-4 Freshman Sacramento
Cameron Parra 5-0 Freshman Sacramento
Isabella Roberson 5-2 Junior Sacramento
Izabella Samuel 5-2 Junior Sacrament0
Avery Spector 5-3 Junior Sacramento (St. Ignatius)
Amanda Sweeney 5-4 Freshman Folsom
Jordaine Tran  5-5 Sophomore Folsom (Holy Trinity)
Sabrina Voeller 5-8 Sophomore El Dorado Hills

Head Coach: Kristi Spector (Second Season)

Assistant Coach: Camile Benvenuti (Second Season)

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Troubadours to Compete in New Delta League

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis will play in the Delta League beginning this fall with many familiar faces and several new ones.

“The Delta League has a lot of history and it is great it is back in existence,” said Delta League Commissioner Ron Nocetti.

The Troubadours move into the newly formed Delta League along with Pleasant Grove and Sheldon from the Delta River League. The league is a realignment of members of both the Delta River and Delta Valley Leagues.

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Fall Tryout Information

CROSS COUNTRY

Monday, August 11-15, 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis

Location: St. Francis

GOLF

Monday, August 18   4:00 – 5:30  p.m.
Haggin Oaks driving range. Meet new and returning players, and coaches. Bring clubs and meet at the picnic tables by the driving range.

Tuesday, August 19   3:51 – 7:00  p.m.
Round 1, 9 holes at Haggin Oaks Arcade course (front nine)

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St. Francis Teams Complete Successful 2013-14 Campaign

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis High School athletics department completed the spring campaign on a championship run that included back-to-back Sac-Joaquin Section titles that highlighted another successful season in 2013-14.

Season highlight

2013 Tennis Highlights

  • The Troubadour tennis team advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section quarterfinals before losing to Del Oro.
Athletic schedule

2014 Tennis Schedule

Date Opponent Site Time/Result
Sept. 8 at Pleasant Grove* Pleasant Grove W, 8-1
Sept. 10 at Davis* Davis L, 6-3
Sept. 12 Del Oro – BOSS Roseville L, 5-4
Sept. 13 McClatchy – BOSS Roseville W, 7-2
Sept. 13 Roseville – BOSS Roseville W, 8-2
Sept. 15 Elk Grove* Rio del Oro Racquet Club W, 9-0
Sept. 17 Sheldon* Rio del Oro Racquet Club W, 9-0
Sept. 22 at Frankin* Franklin W, 5-4
Sept. 24 Monterey Trail Rio del Oro Racquet Club W, 9-0
Oct. 1 Pleasant Grove* Rio del Oro Racquet Club W, 8-1
Oct. 6 Davis* Rio del Oro Racquet Club L, 5-4
Oct. 8 at Elk Grove* Elk Grove W, 6-3
Oct. 13 at Sheldon* Sheldon W, 9-0
Oct. 15 Franklin Rio del Oro Racquet Club W, 6-3
Oct. 20 at Monterey Trail Monterey Trail W, 9-0
Oct. 27 Delta River League Singles Natomas Racquet Club Results
Oct. 29 Delta River League Doubles Natomas Racquet Club Results
Nov. 3 Franklin – Sac-Joaquin Section Rio del Oro Racquet Club W, 9-0
Nov. 4 Gregori-Section Playoffs TDB W, 8-1
Nov. 6-7 Section Individual Playoffs Johnson Ranch TBA
Nov. 10 St. Mary’s-Section Playoffs Stockton L, 5-4

*Delta League

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Gregg Named River Cats Girls Soccer Player of the Year
17 Troubadours Named to All-City Teams

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis junior soccer player Anna Gregg was named the River Cats Girls Soccer Player of the Year at the High School Awards Ceremony before Sunday’s game against the Tacoma Rainers.

“It means so much and feels so great,” said Gregg of the Player of the Year honor. “I set a goal to help to the section championship and that was accomplished. I could not be happier.”

Gregg and her St. Francis teammates captured the Sac-Joaquin Section title on Saturday on her goal to defeat Oak Ridge 1-0.

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17 Troubadours Named to River Cats All-City Teams

SACRAMENTO, – Calif.  – Seventeen St. Francis Troubadours have been named to the 2013-14 River Cats All-City  teams and will be recognized on Sunday at the High School Sports Awards Ceremony before the River Cats take on the Tacoma Rainiers at 1:05 p.m. at Raley Field.

The St. Francis All-City fall sports selections include senior golfer Emily Laskin, volleyball seniors Ali Koumelis and Anna Baytosh and cross country runners Lauren LaRocco, Madison Rawson and Miranda Myers.

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Four Student-Athletes Honored by SFHS Booster Club

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The SFHS Booster Club recognized four senior student-athletes at the 2014 Awards Ceremony.

Senior Lauren LaRocco was named the SFHS Booster Club Scholar-Athlete Scholarship recipient, while Brinnley Barthels, Emily Laskin and Jane Sadler were named winners of the SFHS Booster Club Leadership Scholarship.

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St. Francis Spirit Wear Sale Available
Proceeds Benefit the Booster Club

The St. Francis Booster Club has its spring Spirit Wear line available for ordering online via a partnership with Athletics Unlimited and adidas. All items will be available for purchase until Friday, March 14 at 5 p.m. and will be distributed by April 4.

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#FeatureFriday: St. Francis Athletics Adds Ketcham as Assistant AD for Sports Medicine

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Bumps and bruises are her specialty but Kelly Ketcham brings much more to the St. Francis High School community.

Ketcham was named the Assistant AD for Sports Medicine for the St. Francis Athletics Department staff recently after working with the Troubadour student-athletes and teams as the school’s athletic trainer for the last four years. The title was effective in November 2013.

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Three Troubies Earn DRL Player of the Year Honors

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Three St. Francis seniors were named the Delta River League Player of the Year for their respective sports following the fall season.

Ali Koumelis earned the honor for volleyball after leading her team to the Delta River League title, the Northern California finals in the CIF State Tournament and runner-up at the Sac-Joaquin Section Tournament.  Koumelis, who signed to play at Portland, joined teammates Anna Baytosh, Lea Felton, Chloe Hakim and Megan Sullivan on the Delta River All-League team.

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Former Troubadour Megan Curry Helping Adidas Growth

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The role of performance apparel and footwear in sports is part of everyday culture and is a significant part of athletic branding across all levels and sports. The promoter locally for adidas is Megan Curry.
On any given week,

Athletic schedule

2013 Tennis Schedule

Date Opponent Site Time/Result
Sept. 24 Sheldon* Rio del Oro Racquet Club W, 9-0
Sept. 26 at Oak Ridge* Broadstone Racquet Club L, 8-1
Oct.1 Ponderosa* Rio del Oro Racquet Club W, 9-0
Oct. 3 at Folsom* Folsom High School W, 9-0
Oct. 8 Pleasant Grove* Rio del Oro Racquet Club W, 8-1
Oct. 10 at Sheldon* TBA W, 6-3
Oct. 15 Oak Ridge* Rio del Oro Racquet Club L, 8-1
Oct. 17 at Ponderosa* Ponderosa High School W, 8-1
Oct. 22 Folsom* Rio del Oro Racquet Club W, 7-2
Oct. 24 at Pleasant Grove* TBA W, 8-1
Oct. 29 Delta River League Singles Broadstone Racquet Club Results
TBA Delta River League Doubles Broadstone Racquet Club Results
Nov. 5

Turlock-CIF Sac-Joaquin Sections

Turlock, Calif. W, 8-1
Nov. 7-8 Section Individual Playoffs Johnson Ranch Results
Nov. 11 Del Oro-CIF Sac-Joaquin Sections Del Oro L, 9-0
Nov. 12 CIF Sac-Joaquin Semifinals TBA TBA
Nov. 13 CIF Sac-Joaquin Finals TBA TBA
Nov. 22-23 NorCal TBA  

 

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Tennis Season Ends in Section Quarters; Four Earn All-League

LOOMIS, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team has its season end in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs Tuesday with a 9-0 loss at Del Oro.

“We knew going in today it was going to be a tough match,” said Head Coach Kristi Spector. “Del Oro has not lost all season. I wanted my girls go out and play the best they can. I wanted it to be a culmination of all the hard work from day one of tryouts all the way until the end.”

The Troubadours were swept in straight sets in all six singles matches and lost each of the three doubles but fought hard until the end.

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Tennis Posts Strong Performances at League Singles and Doubles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Jane Sadler and Kendall Spector reached the final of the Delta River League Super Doubles Thursday before dropping a three-set decision to Rachel Leibrach and Teia Chalamcharla of Oak Ridge 2-6, 7-6, 6-4.

“They started off on fire to win the first set 6-2 and lost in a tiebreaker in the second set,” said Head Coach Kristi Spector. “They never gave up their composure or their hope. They played the best tennis they have played all season. They played unbelievable.”

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Tennis advances to SJS quarterfinals with win over Turlock

TURLOCK, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team won five of six singles matches and swept the doubles to post an 8-1 victory over Turlock Tuesday afternoon in the second round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Division I Girls Team Tennis Championship.

“We did not know what to expect so we came out with the girls going for it,” said Head Coach Kristi Spector. “We are seeing a lot of girls peeking right now, especially the doubles teams, and the singles are getting stronger. To see it come together is great.”

Turlock entered as the No. 1 seed out of the Central California Conference.

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Tennis Individuals Reach Second Round at Section Tournament

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Jane Sadler and Kendall Spector lost in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section doubles in a tough, three-set match to eventual champions Madison McKay and Karrigan Cook of Gregori 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

The senior duo advanced to the second round with a three-set win in the opening round of Kathleen Qin and Kayla Nguyen of Franklin 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.

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Tennis Closes Home Slate with 7-2 Win

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sophomore Avery Spector led the singles charge with a straight set sweep without dropping a game as St. Francis closed their Delta River League home action with a 7-2 victory over Folsom.

Spector defeated Joanne Wu 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. The Troubadours also got victories from Kendall Spector, Jane Sadler, Anna Kropf and Perneet Powar.

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2013 Tennis Roster

Name Ht. Class Hometown (Previous School)
Alyse Andre 4-11 Junior  Sacramento (Our Lady of Assumption)
Abby Benvenuti 5-4 Freshman Sacramento (Sierra Oaks)
Abbey Bland 5-6 Senior Sacramento (St.Michaels)
Meredith Cook 5-7 Sophomore Sacramento (Sacred Heart)
Micah Dial 5-9 Freshman El Dorado Hills (Oaks Christian)
Eden Elliott 5-5 Sophomore  Sacramento (Shalom School)
Samantha Gates 5-6 Freshman  Sacramento (Sacred Heart)
Antonia Gianulias 5-4 Freshman Sacramento (St. Michaels)
Megan Kahn 5-1 Freshman  Sacramento (St. Ignatius)
Monica Kelly  5-2 Sophomore Sacramento (St. Michaels)
Kasania Khachadorian  5-7 Senior Davis (Harper Junior High)
Anna Kropf 5-7 Senior Sacramento (Our Lady of Assumption)
Christina Marengo 5-3 Senior Elk Grove (St. Elizabeth)
Martina Penalosa 5-1 Senior Roseville (St. Rose)
Perneet Powar 5-5 Senior Roseville (St. Albins)
Jane Sadler 5-3 Senior Sacramento (Sierra Oaks)
Marcella Sosa 5-7 Senior  Sacramento (St. Michaels)
Avery Spector 5-3 Sophomore Sacramento (St. Ignatius)
Kendall Spector 5-3 Senior  Sacramento (St. Ignatius)
Jordaine Tran  5-5 Freshman El Dorado Hills (Holy Trinity)
Allie Ziegler 5-8 Freshman Sacramento (Arden Middle)

 

Season highlight

2011 St. Francis Tennis Season Highlights

2011 Sac-Joaquin Section Champions

2011 Delta River League Champions

St. Francis Tennis finished 3rd in Northern California.

Congratualtions on a great seaon!!!

Sac-Joaquin Section Champions

Delta River League Champions

Season highlight

2009 St. Francis Tennis Season Highlights

Congratulations to our 2009 Tennis Teams!

Sac-Joaquin Division I Section Champions

Delta River League Champions

Delta River League Honors

  • All League: Jessica Josiah ’13
  • Megan Poirier ’12
  • Ashlyn Schmitgen ’12 Madeleine Verspieren ’12
  • Sarah Wannakuwatte ’10
Season highlight

2008 St. Francis Tennis Season Highlights

Sac-Joaquin Division I Section Champions

Delta River League Champions

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Tennis Gets Win over Ponderosa

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Perneet Powar recorded a straight set victory over Paige Bergin to help St. Francis post an 8-1 victory over Ponderosa Thursday. The Troubadours improved to 6-2 on the season.

Powar won 6-2, 6-3 at No. 3 singles as the Troubadours swept all six singles matches. St. Francis also got wins from Avery Spector at No. 1, Kendall Spector at No. 2 and Eden Elliott at No. 4. Antonia Gianulias and Marcela Sosa also won their matches in straight sets.

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Tennis Defeats Sheldon 6-3

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Jane Sadler won at No. 1 singles and St. Francis won five of the six singles matches en route to a 6-3 victory over Sheldon. The Troubadours got singles wins from Anna Kropf, Perneet Powar, Eden Elliott and Marcela Sosa.

Sheldon won two of the three doubles matches. Michal Dial and Abby Benvenuti combined for a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 1 doubles for the Troubies.

St. Francis sat their top two players in singles, showing the depth of the roster.

St. Francis (5-1) hosts Oak Ridge on Tuesday.

ST. FRANCIS 6, SHELDON 3

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Tennis Defeats Pleasant Grove 8-1

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team improved to 4-1 with an 8-1 victory over Pleasant Grove Tuesday. The Troubadours swept all six singles matches and two of the three doubles matches. St. Francis travels to Sheldon at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday.

ST. FRANCIS 8, PLEASANT GROVE 1

Singles

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Tennis Records Second Sweep of the Week

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team posted a 9-0 victory on Thursday over Folsom, recording their second sweep of the week.

Sophomore Avery Spector led the singles sweep without dropping a game with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Joanne Wu at No. 1 singles. Seniors Kendall Spector and Jane Sadler both won at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively.

“I am so proud of how the whole team fought hard through the super windy conditions today,” said Avery Spector. “It shows the depth and strength of each player…..I love this team!”

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Tennis Sweeps Ponderosa for Second Victory

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team won its second match of the season with a 9-0 victory over Ponderosa without dropping a set at Rio del Oro Racquet Club Tuesday afternoon.

“The team did great today,” said Head Coach Kristi Spector. “Coming off a tough match last week that we lost, it was important for the girls to come back out and focus on playing their game.”

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Tennis Opens Season with Victory over Sheldon

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis program opened the 2013 season with a 9-0 victory over Sheldon, sweeping all nine matches in straight sets. The Troubadours dropped only 28 total games in the match.

Sophomore Avery Spector led the charge with a straight set win at No. 1 singles without dropping a game. Senior Jane Sadler defeated Marion Guevar 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3  and senior Kendall Spector topped Joyce Tan 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2.

Anna Kropf, Perneet Powar and Eden Elliott also won their singles matches.

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Tennis Preview: First Serve for Troubadours Tuesday against Sheldon

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis program opens the 2013 season Tuesday with the first of 10 Delta River League matches over the next five weeks. St. Francis plays host to Sheldon at Rio del Oro Racquet Club at 3:45 p.m.

The Troubadours are directed by Interim Head Coach Kristi Spector, who takes over the program after watching her daughters play for the program last season.

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2010 Tennis Photos

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Jane Sadler
Senior, Class of 2014

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