By Noah Miyamae
Assoc. Sports Editor
Photos by Brian Kojima
The girls’ varsity tennis team ended a strong season with a dominant 18-0 performance at Monrovia against the Wildcats on Monday, October 26. With this win, the Tigers have a 4-4 Rio Hondo League record and 10-4-1 overall.
The girls were confident from the beginning as they won their previous matchup 18-0 as well. Team captain sophomore Molly Round overpowered her opponent 6-1 in the first match with strong service aces and well-placed hits to the sidelines. Junior Ashley Huang won 6-0 by forcing her opponent to make poor shots with strong returns. Freshman Shannon Huang rounded out singles play with another 6-0 victory, impressively utilizing slice shots.
The rest of the match followed a similar pattern of strong Tiger performances as no one allowed the Wildcats to get within striking distance of a win. The doubles team consisting of junior Jessica Chang and freshman Rachel Park once again executed with an all around great performance, winning all three games in dominant fashion. The remainder of the team also won all of their games and took advantage of a weak opposition.
“Our first CIF match will be a tough as we will be playing a strong opponent,” junior Anya Nicolaides said, “We will practice hard until then and hopefully our stacked doubles teams will be able to give us the win.”
The Tigers have their sights set to a much higher goal with an elimination tournament on Wednesday, October 28 at home, where they will be facing opponents from all of the Rio Hondo League schools. Each player will compete individually and hope to move on to the second day of competition which will take place on Thursday, October 29.