Girls’ Tennis falls to powerful La Cañada in league opener

By Noah Miyamae

Assoc. Sports Editor

The girls’ varsity tennis team was unable to overcome a powerhouse La Cañada lineup on Thursday, September 24 at home by a score of 7-11.  

The team was experimenting with both a new lineup and new formations. Freshman Shannon Huang and junior Anya Nicolaides combined as a doubles team to win two of three matches. These two are exceptional singles players, but were still able to battle it out together as partners. Throughout the matches, the doubles teams would often try new formats in an attempt to catch the opposition off guard.

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Sophomore team captain Molly Round fell in the first game to La Cañada’s number one singles player by a score of 1-6. The two competed in heated rallies that would usually end with a well placed passing shot or overpowered hit out of bounds. However, Round came back with a vengeance in one of her final games by sweeping her opponent 6-0.

Junior Ashley Huang and junior Jessica Chang were the major factor that kept the Tigers in the match. The duo won all three of their games by scores of 7-5, 6-2, and 6-4, playing very cohesively with one another. Chang also displayed her athletic ability with some strong serves and the occasional service ace.

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“Our doubles teams were able to compete with them,” Round said, “but we will work to develop our singles skills and bounce back when we face them again.”

The girls will look to bounce back on at Blair High School against the Vikings on Tuesday, September 29.