PREP TENNIS: Bear River’s Sophia Christen roars past competition, wins Section crown |

PREP TENNIS: Bear River’s Sophia Christen roars past competition, wins Section crown

Bear River freshman Sophia Christen beat Sonora's Katie Hovatter 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 to claim the Sac-Joaquin Section girls tennis singles championship Friday.

Bear River’s Sophia Christen captured the Sac-Joaquin Section girls tennis singles championship by winning four matches across two days and against a highly competitive field of league champions.

Christen finished the season with an impressive 15-2 overall record and helped the Bruins to a Section semifinal finish as a team.

The talented freshman began her Section title quest on Thursday at Stockton’s Oak Park courts with impressive wins of 6-0, 6-0 and 6-3, 6-0 against opponents from Amador and Escalon, respectively.

In Friday’s semifinals, Christen was tested against her opponent from Waterford and she prevailed 6-4, 6-4, setting up the final against Katie Hovatter from perennial tennis power Sonora High School.

In a compelling match, Christen lost the first set 6-2, but rallied behind her powerful serve and precise volleys to win the next two sets at 6-2 each.

“Her athleticism is just so strong in addition to her experience,” said Bear River head coach Jeff Carrow.

Making the victory even more impressive is that Christen accomplished her feat as a 15-year-old freshman and did so against a strong and experienced field.

Christen kept Bear River’s girls singles section title streak alive at three straight championships for the Bruins. Jo Wilting won the championship with the Bruins in 2017, and former Bear River player Savannah Thrasher claimed the title a year ago.

Coaches and team affiliates may submit game reports by email at or by phone at 530-477-4232.

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