by KAREN LA & MELODY YU
Ending season in third place with a league record of 4-4, the girls’ varsity netters will have a chance to advance to the next CIF round this upcoming week.
The team competed in league prelims yesterday, but scores were not available at press time.
Based on their individual performance during prelims, they will have a chance to advance to league finals today.
In their final league game against the Alhambra Moors Oct. 25, varsity and JV were defeated, 16-2 and 12-6, respectively. Singles No.1 Demitria Mo and Doubles Team No.1 of Karen La and Jane Quach each won one set, 6-4 and 6-1, respectively.
“As a team, even though we lost, I feel that the losses made every player on the team work harder to win,” said JV player Joanne Kang. “I personally have improved on working and communicating with my partner throughout the season, so we were able to win our sets.”
The netters triumphed against the San Gabriel Matadors, Oct. 20, with a score of 16-2. The JV team lost, 15-3.
Singles No. 1 Mo led the team with a 6-0 sweep in all three sets. Singles No. 2 Jordan Leong and Singles No. 3 Melody Yu also each swept three sets, 6-0, 6-2 and 6-3 and 6-0, 7-6 and 6-3, respectively. Doubles Team No. 1 of La and Quach won three sets, 6-1, 6-4 and 6-0. Doubles Team No. 2 of Gabriela Garcia and Ueda won one set, 6-3. Doubles Team No.3 of Mariah De La Torre and Anna Minasyan won three sets, 7-5, 7-5 and 6-4.
The netters beat the Montebello Oilers in a close match, with a score of 11-7, Oct. 18, while JV lost, 10-8.
“I really appreciate this team’s resilience. They have grown, and they have worked hard to improve their tennis skills. I’m looking forward to watching them compete in playoff season,” said Coach Kristina Ballesteros.
The netters fell 12-6 to the Mark Keppel Aztecs, Oct. 13. The JV also lost, 13-5.
Singles No. 1 Mo triumphed in two games, 6-2 and 6-0. Singles No. 2 Leong and Singles No. 3 Yu both scored one set, 6-4 and 6-1, respectively. Doubles Team No. 1 of La and Quach won two sets, 6-3 and 7-6.