Girls’ tennis inching closer to first CIF berth in seven years

By Nick Michael

Staff Writer 

The girls’ varsity tennis team extended their winning streak to three games following a defeat of the Temple City Rams on Thursday by a score of 12-6. Following the win, the team is looks primed and ready to go for CIF.

“As a team, we did really well today,” sophomore Anya Nicolaides said, “We didn’t have as much pressure [on us], because we had beaten them before, and we knew we could do it again.”

The girls won only four of nine singles sets, but dominated in doubles sets, winning eight out of nine. The squad was led by the doubles teams consisting of juniors Maddie Lizzul and Symona Stans, and senior Katherine Shinno and sophomore Donna Kim, respectively. Both of the duos swept their sets.

With this win, the team improves its record to 4-1 in the Rio Hondo standings. To clinch a CIF berth, the girls need to produce one more win over Monrovia, whom they defeated 17-1 earlier in the season.

“I’m really excited about being so close to CIF,” Nicolaides said, “We haven’t been to CIF in seven years, and we have put in a lot of work and effort into this year.”

The girls’ next match will be next Tuesday, October 21 against the first-place San Marino team. The match against Monrovia will take place on the following Thursday, October 23.