By Noah Miyamae
Assoc. Sports Editor
Photos by Thomas Forman
The varsity girls’ tennis team won the most crucial game of its season on Tuesday, October 20. The team defeated the Temple City Rams at home by a score of 10-8. With this victory, the Tigers now stand at 3-3 in Rio Hondo League play and 9-3-1 overall, clinching the third and final CIF spot for the second year in a row.
The girls were ready to compete from the beginning as everyone focused on the difficult task of defeating the Rams. In their first matchup, the Tigers barely escaped Temple City with a victory in tiebreakers. However, tie breakers were not necessary in this match as the girls asserted their dominance in the regulation games. The two teams were tied for the majority of the competition, until South Pas pulled ahead in the final round of games.
Team captain sophomore Molly Round and junior Anya Nicolaides were major contributors to the team’s success, as the duo won all three of their games as a doubles team. Freshman Rachel Park and junior Jessica Chang were also factors in the victory as they were able to give South Pas crucial points in the end.
“I am extremely proud of our team and achievements this year,” Nicolaides said, “The hard work and determination that we have put in has allowed us to reach CIF again.”
The team will try to overcome a very talented San Marino squad on Thursday, September 22 at San Marino High School.