Girls’ tennis swings past Hemet in opening round of CIF

Photo by Andres Oyaga
Staff Phtographer

The varsity girls’ tennis team advanced in their first CIF game with a 12-6 win over Hemet on Wednesday, October 31. It is the first win for the SPHS squad in this year’s postseason competition.

Continuing their consistent play, the girls’ singles players emerged from their games with only two losses. Senior Shannon Huang, singles one, took one set 6-0, another 6-1, but lost her third 4-6. Singles two, sophomore Carissa Park, swept Hemet High School’s singles lineup, winning three straight sets 6-0. Taking one set to extra games, senior Rachel Park, singles three, won her first set 7-5, an additional set 6-2, but struggled in her final set, losing 6-2.

The SPHS doubles squad had a tougher time overwhelming Hemet’s play, winning five sets and losing four. Junior Teryn Kum and sophomore Skylar Cornforth, doubles team one, picked up two sets 6-3 and 6-1, but could not recover in their third set, losing 6-3. After facing off in a tiebreaker, doubles team two, senior Sheila Li and senior Lena Kushigemachi could not close out their first set, losing 7-6, and later 6-3. The team shut down Hemet High in a third set, winning 6-1. Doubles team three, sophomores Kimberly Hsueh and Olivia Reed, fell short in their first set, 6-2, but later found two wins with scores of 6-4 and 6-1.

The girls’ team will play their next CIF match against Garden Grove High School on Friday, November 2 at home.

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