Whether her Clovis North High girls tennis teammates would close their season with matches that were pressure-packed or carefree came down to Jackie Vazquez.
And Vazquez took the Broncos down easy street.
Vazquez provided the match-winning point by capturing the afternoon's final singles match, and top-seeded Clovis North went on to defeat No. 2 Sanger 7-2 on Thursday for its second straight Central Section Division II title.
The Broncos (15-9) were up 4-1 as the attention of those gathered at the Clovis North courts zeroed in on the No. 2 singles match between Vazquez and Sanger's Emily Luna. Vazquez escaped with a 7-6 win in the first set and 7-5 in the second.
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"I got really nervous," Vazquez said of playing for match point. "I just had to stay focused, just whatever it took to stay on point."
Clovis North, which had edged Sanger 5-4 earlier this season, had several tight matches go its way in singles, with No. 1 Alexis Abdulian winning 6-3, 6-4 over Katie Lacy, No. 4 Eva Julian winning 6-4, 7-6 against Alyssa Mendoza, No. 5 Ashley Winslow rallying for a 5-7, 6-0, 10-4 win and No. 6 Lauren Cunningham defeating Aly Honore 6-1, 6-3.
"Even though it was 5-1 after singles, it was way closer than that," Clovis North coach Tye Ferdinandsen said. "I'm just thankful the girls played well when it counted the most."
That set up an anticlimactic, but section-mandated, round of doubles, where the Broncos received wins from Nos. 2-3 teams of Charmaine Ramirez/Winslow (8-2 over Luna/Jerrica Cox) and Divya Vijay/Kayla Hosoda (8-1 over Soli Juarez/Alex Kokka).
"I knew it would be a close one," Winslow said. "I'm really proud of my team. We worked hard for this one."
Cox defeated Ramirez 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3 singles, and the No. 1 doubles team of Lacy/Mendoza beat Abdulian/Julian 8-0 for Sanger (16-10).
"My girls battled," Apaches coach Jeremy Warkentin said. "We played so hard in some close matches, but they went North's way. They were a little better today."