Tennis keeps rolling, advances to CIF semifinals

Story by Ethan Kwak 
Staff Writer 

Photos by Samantha Shiroishi
Staff Photographer

On Monday, May 8, SPHS varsity tennis claimed victory against the Cerrito Dons, tying the games 9-9 but winning in points by final score of 85-80. The Tigers advanced to CIF semifinals for the first time in school history, continuing the Tigers’ historic run. 

The Tigers took an early 4-2 lead. However, the Dons caught up and tied the game 4-4, then 6-6, and 7-7. The Dons kept pace and took a 9-8 lead towards the end of the game. Still, the Tigers made a late game comeback with sophomore Zachary Lee and junior Christopher Wong winning their doubles matches and senior Finn McMillan prevailing in his singles match 6-2.

Coach Krista Gale spoke of the Tigers’ triumph and perseverance against a challenging opponent while being heckled by the other team.

“…The other singles [players] were particularly challenging. A couple of doubles teams got under our guys’ skin a little bit. But, ultimately, we prevailed,” coach Gale.

The next matchup, on Wednesday, May 10, will pit the Tigers against the Tesoro Titans in CIF semifinals at home.

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