Varsity girls tennis loses to Wilson

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Bruce Nguyen, Staff writer

Girls varsity tennis lost a home game against Wilson High School 8-10, on Tuesday, October 18, bringing their the league score of 8-2.

Opening the first sets, junior singles players Kasandra Uy, Autumn Sou and Kylie Pong lost the first point to Wilson’s singles players. The girls held firm, particularly Uy, whose heavy strokes gave the opponent trouble. The first sets ended in the Mustangs and Wilson both taking 3 points with the sets ending in scores of 5-7, 0-6, 0-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2.

“[The] first rounds were okay, the rallies were good, and [we had] more consistency and fast pac[ing]. There were some errors like the ball pace, [but] it was just that [the opponents] were a lot better,” Sou said. “I think my best [round] was my second, I was hitting better against her hitting style [and] the rallies that weren’t over hit had more back and forth.” 

Coming into the second match tied and all warmed up, the girls rallied and returned many of Wilson’s attacks. From overhead serves and sharp forehands shots, both sides put all their efforts to catch the lead. The first round singles’ results were 0-6, 0-6, 0-6, and doubles’ 6-1, 6-1, 6-4.

“[We] will need to work on returning slice shots and shots with a lot of options, like tricky shots. I think [we] did better this time, [even if] the score was the same I was more confident in hitting freely.” Pong said, “[We were] doing good putting pressure on their serves [which were] weak, making my returns good and I would say [our] serves were pretty good overall.”

With the third match starting, tensions were high for both teams. If they were to have the same results as the last two games, it would come down to a game tie breaker. Keeping that in mind, both teams rallied hard, with cunning counters and sneaky drop shots. In the end we would lose one double match finalizing the score, 0-6, 0-6, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3, 5-7.

“[The match against Wilson] was a very tough battle. [We played against] extremely tough junior tailored tournament players and I’m happy [that] my girls went out there and battled hard, I am very proud of them.” Coach Joe Fasheh said, “After this we are going to the CIF  playoffs.

We’ve been looking strong all season and we have high hopes for playoffs this season.”

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Varsity girls tennis will be playing their CIF Wildcard round on Nov. 1 and they’ll be playing their first round CIF game on Nov. 2.