Varsity girls’ Tennis defeats West Covina

Varsity girls’ tennis defeated West Covina, 15-3, at a home game on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Walnut kept a consistent record throughout, with five wins and one loss for each of the three rounds.

When the two teams faced off last season, Walnut won with the score of 15-3, with West Covina singles player senior Taylor Valenzuela winning all three matches.

“I felt pretty good coming into the game. Our coach had us play a few warm-up games prior to the start of the match,” doubles player senior Kalie Loc said. “I felt confident in my ability to perform well. I think between my [doubles] partner and I, we have great communication and work incredibly well as a team.”

In the opening matches, doubles players senior Jo Ann Sun and freshman McKenzie Mai won 6-1, and singles player junior Kelly Chuang won 6-0, securing an early lead for the Mustangs.

After winning her first two matches, Chuang played a prolonged match against Valenzuela for the final set. During the game, she saved three break points and won multiple rallies to secure a higher score but later lost the match, 4-6.

“I wasn’t sure how I would do, but I told myself to try my best,” Chuang said. “At the beginning, before the game started, I was definitely nervous. But as I started playing, I gained more confidence in myself, and that was when my technique began to improve. [Valenzuela] played a good game, but in the end, I’m disappointed that I couldn’t beat her.”

Singles players freshman Vianna Sanapanya and junior Florence Ao also lost against Valenzuela. However, Chuang, Sanapanya and Ao all ended with the overall scores of 2-1, 2-1 and 1-1 respectively.

Going into the third round, Walnut increased their lead over West Covina with an overall score of 10-2, and singles player freshman Juliette Radwanski was subbed in to play the third and final match. She lost the first game to her opponent but ended the match with a score of 6-1.

“My form definitely needed work in the beginning, but I think that I started to improve after the disappointment in the first game,” Radwanski said. “Overall, I’m confident that I did what was expected of me. Although there were some things I need to improve on, I think that as a team, we all performed to the best of our abilities.”

By Ashley Liang, Staff writer
Photo by Airi Gonzalez

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