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Girls tennis swings into a new season

Mayra Lopez, Sports Editor

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Girls’ tennis had to refresh their roster this season by replacing the graduating seniors, which made up half the team. In the previous seasons, there were always more returning players for the girls’ tennis team than there were girls trying out. This year, 16 girls tried out and Coach Stanford Poon recruited half. With so many novices, it will be a challenge to repeat the success they had last season, with a record of 9-4 overall, 8-4 league.

However, Stanford remains optimistic. “I can see that there’s a lot of enthusiasm for tennis here at Uni.That’s already a good positive,” Stanford said. Stanford said that, with time, the program will grow and improve because of this growth of interest. Stanford is prepared to aid a whole new group of girls, with the help of returning players.

On Aug. 30 the girls had their first non-conference match against Culver City High School, for many, this was the first tennis match they had ever played. Unfortunately, the girls lost this match 6-1. Sophomore Olivia Adams, who went undefeated last season, was the only victor.

As of Sept. 18, Adams has not lost a single match, continuing this streak this season as well; no doubt due to the player’s level of dedication and time spent with the sport. Adams has been playing tennis since she was 5 years old. She’s trained under UCLA coaches and placed 3rd and 6th in previous national tournaments. Adams looks for tougher competitors in the league and looks forward to playing Venice again later this season, as Adams has played one of their players before in tournaments and lost to her before in out of league tournaments.

“The match against Venice, was probably my favorite because it was against a friend of mine, and the closest match, 8-3. It was still a blow out but, it was the most competitive. Next time I’m up against her sister who’s even tougher,” Adams said.

Regrettably, the rest of the team doesn’t have as much experience. “Well because half of the team is new, they are not really sure how to play or how the game works,” said senior co-captain Eunice Ki. “We are more focused on introducing them to tennis.”

They played Crossroads in a non-conference game Sept. 9, resulting in a loss by a score of 4-2. Then the season picked up and the girls lost to Westchester High School with a score of 4-3. Slowly but surely they have been improving, which had been predicted from the start.

Freshman doubles player, Krystal Ki, already noticed improvement from her non conference games and season games. “We’re improving and I’m very proud of us,” Ki said. However she realizes that there is still much work to be done and can improve even further with more practice. “Technique-wise I could really improve on my serving and volleying,” Ki said.On Sept. 18, the girls won their first league game against Hamilton with an overall score of 4-3. This season could be a tough one for the girls, but their dedication to the team is sure to pay off.

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Girls tennis swings into a new season