Petaluma's Thomas SCL tennis champion

A trio of tennis players from Sonoma Valley and Petaluma high schools punched tickets to the North Coast Section singles and doubles tournaments with wins in Friday's Sonoma County League tournament.

Playing at Santa Rosa JC's newly rechristened Izzy Derkos tennis courts, Petaluma's Maddie Thomas outlasted teammate Nicoline Pedersen, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, to win the singles title.

Though Thomas went 11-1 as the No. 1 singles player for the Trojans during the SCL season, Pedersen was a strong No. 2. She went 12-0 in SCL and upset Analy's top player, Amanda Broffman, in the second round of the tournament. Broffman handed Thomas her only loss in league play.

"I expected (Pedersen) to be amazing and she was," Thomas said. "She's really hard to play, even at practice."

The two girls, both sophomores, will undoubtedly be seeing a lot of one another in years to come.

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