Girls tennis defeats Diamond Ranch

Varsity girls tennis defeated Diamond Ranch 14-4 in a home game on Thursday, Sept. 28.

The Mustangs started off strong, securing three singles wins in the first round. Freshman Julianna Vich, sophomore McKenzie Mai and senior Crystal Xu won their games 6-1, 6-1 and 6-0, respectively.

“There was a lot of pressure going into this game because it’s my first singles match this year, my first year of varsity,” senior Lauren Xie said. “Playing singles today was a little bit more stressful, and I was a little bit more nervous, but in the end I pulled through by persevering through what was going on [in] my head.”

Walnut’s doubles teams were able to win eight of their matches by the end of the third round. Seniors Sara Santos and Vivian Lee along with Florence Ao and sophomore Vianna Sanapanya finished with a clean set of 6-0 in their first matches. Sophomores Elaine Chen and Kelly Jensen secured a 6-1 win in the third round.

“In doubles, you have a partner. You have someone to depend on, which makes it easier because the pressure isn’t all on you,” Sanapanya said. “[There is] a lot of team bonding to get to know your partner and their habits and what they tend to do.”

In the third round, varsity coach Lee Shiomoto substituted in seniors Katherine Co and Jessica Huang as singles players, and junior Priscilla Pranajasa with sophomore Leanne Lim as doubles players.

“In singles, it’s not as fun because you don’t have a friend with you. You’re usually just supporting yourself while, in doubles, you can have fun with your partner, joke around and laugh,” Pranajasa said.

Despite losing one set in the second round and three in the third, the Mustangs held on to win 14-4.

“I feel like there’s a good balance between having fun and playing well,” Pranajasa said. “My coach always tells me that the score doesn’t matter, it’s [about] how you play, so I really believe in that.”

By Bhalpriya Sandhu, Staff writer
Photo by Erin Tan

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