Senior Guadalupe Becerra represented Central Valley High School’s varsity girls tennis program for the final time at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-II Individual Singles Tournament earlier this month in Roseville.
Becerra lost 6-0, 6-0 to fourth-seeded Jasjot Sandhu of Mira Loma in the first round on Nov. 1 at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club.
Sandhu fell 7-5, 7-6 (4) to eventual-champion Laura Wadsworth of Armijo in the semifinals.
“I was nervous but I was more excited because I’ve never gone to sections as an individual player,” Guadalupe said. “I’m proud of how I played.”
The final score didn’t reflect how close the match was according to Becerra.
“I didn’t make it easy for her,” she said. “It was pretty competitive. She won the important points.”
Becerra compiled a 17-7 overall record this fall while starring at No. 1 singles.
She won 14 of 18 matches against Central California Conference competition.
Becerra topped St. Mary’s Ali Gabbard 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of team playoffs.
Guadalupe was one of the top 16 players in D-II tennis.
“She came in with a lot of confidence with this being her fourth year playing,” Central Valley head coach Mike Rodriguez said. “She did an excellent job all year.”
A four-year starter, Becerra developed into one of Central Valley’s greatest players.
She posted a 3-1 record on her way to a second-place finish at the 2018 CCC Singles Championships.
She won a Western Athletic Conference doubles title in 2016 and was runner-up in 2017.
Becerra advanced to the section doubles tournament twice and singles event once.
She helped lead Central Valley to the team playoffs her senior, junior and sophomore years.
Becerra earned first-team all-WAC honors three times.
“He (coach Rodriguez) never thought I’d do this because I wasn’t a top player my freshman year,” Becerra said. “I surprised him. I surprised myself.”