By Isabella Tsai
Photo by Kevin Huang
The girls’ varsity tennis team suffered their first loss of the season, 6-12, at La Cañada High School on Tuesday, September 27. Their league record now stands at 1-1 and the overall record at 4-4.
Singles players seniors Ashley Huang and Jessica Cheng both won two matches each, however they were not able to overcome the Spartan’s number one player. Sophomore Shannon Huang also grabbed a 6-3 win for the team. Juniors Sophia Tomasevic and Ashley Sato won in a 7-6 doubles match tiebreaker to add to the team’s overall count.
This loss comes on the heels of the dismissal of the team’s coach, Karlos Huschke-Favela. Favela was let go on Thursday, September 22, and was not present at the team’s first game of the season. The coaching change was decided by principal Janet Anderson and athletic director Greg Luna.
“[The decision was made] after meeting with players to discuss concerns regarding some of his behavior, including improper language and not meeting expectations of the positive coaching alliance philosophy.” said Mr. Luna.
Favela coached both the girls’ and boys’ varsity tennis teams, and the school is in the process of looking for a replacement coach. For the time being, JV coach Daniel Chang will oversee the away games while Mr. Luna will stay with the team that is playing at home. Their top priority is to ensure that the players get practice and make it to their matches.
The team has a week to prepare for their next game, which is at home on October 4, against the Temple City Rams.