High School Sports

Enochs freshman Zamora made history on the tennis court

History isn’t just a class on her schedule. It’s an adjective used to describe budding tennis star Danielle Zamora, only a freshman at Enochs High School.

Zamora became the first player in school history to win a Modesto Metro Conference singles championship. She dropped one set en route to a perfect 16-0 mark in MMC matches and finished with an overall record of 20-2.

And with three years left on campus, The Bee’s 2015 All-District Girls Tennis Player of the Year has no intention of slowing down.

“I was kind of surprised by how well I did. I thought it would be a good season but didn’t expect to accomplish what I did,” Zamora said. “I think my game improved, mentally and physically. It was a matter of getting used to high school players and how it was formatted.”

Now that she has immersed herself in the high school tennis scene, watch out. Zamora, an aggressive player who attacks from the baseline, wants to keep a crown once hoarded by a Sylvan Avenue neighbor.

The last five All-District Players of the Year have belonged to one Beyer High family – the Jacques – Jacqueline (2010-11) and Symone (2012-14). Unlike the Jacques sisters, who opted to forgo their senior seasons to focus on school and their recruiting, Zamora wants a legacy without wonder.

“I want to win league every year of high school. I want to continue being undefeated; I want to continue to bring home more titles,” she said. “I think it’s going to take some maturity and some practice and really knowing myself as a player and what I need to improve on.”

Enochs coach Keith Herring is confident Zamora, already a seasoned USTA-ranked player, will continue to make those strides. Zamora plays tennis every day, traveling throughout the region for training and tournaments.

“She’s certainly going to work hard,” Herring said. “She has no plans of slowing down. She plays year-round tennis, traveling everywhere.

“She’s a petite young lady. I think some added size and strength will definitely help her game as she moves forward. I’m certain she’ll get better.”

Her goals will require nothing less. Zamora hopes to add to her place in school lore with a Sac-Joaquin Section championship. She reached the semifinals of the Division I Individual Tournament in Roseville, living up to her No. 4 seed.

She won her first two matches in three sets and then was ousted by Jacquie Tan of Franklin-Elk Grove 6-0, 6-0.

“When she lost in the semifinal, she understood the young lady was better than her,” Herring said. “It was done, and it was OK.”

Zamora has every intention of winning the Division I tournament next fall.

“I really think that if I set my mind to it and continue to mature in my game,” she said, “I think next year I will bring home sections.”

James Burns: 209-578-2150, @jburns1980