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Girls’ Tennis ‘Serves’ Victory Against Laguna Hills High

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Stephanie Hwang
In her singles match, freshman Mia Lichtenstein gets ready to serve the ball across the net to win a point and her match overall. Though singles and doubles were strong at the beginning of their matches, the team is always looking to improve, according to interim head coach Maithy Do. “We’re always improving on doubles, closing in at mid, closing the point at net and just movement in general,” Do said.

Girls’ tennis (8-0) defeated Laguna Hills High 15-3 in a home match on Sept. 19. Six wins were out of the singles’ bracket, and nine wins were in the doubles’ bracket. Their next match will be on Oct. 5 at Sage Hill. 

After losing the first round of the 2023 CIF competition, girls’ tennis came prepared to win for the 2023-24 season, according to interim head coach Maithy Do. Doubles players started and ended in a strong position, winning all their matches. Singles players started in a strong position but lost three matches. 

“Our doubles’ members, Alya and Sahana, were really strong,” Do said. “They had good communication. We’ve been working on a lot of doubles’ drills and they definitely applied those.” 

The team prepared for this match by doing many doubles drills, serves and return practices, which helped many with their serves during the actual game, according to doubles player and senior Arianna Wong. 

Though the team as a whole did well, there were areas where they could have made improvements, according to Wong. She said she could have made more serves in the first game but was able to make things up in the second game. 

“If we’re talking as a team, our cheering could be better,” Wong said. “Our coach drills that into us.”

Similarly, doubles player and freshman Payton Nguyen also wanted to focus on improving her consistency, especially on her serves. She won her match, but she admits that she could have done better. However, she was also proud of some parts of her performance. 

“I think I hit my forehand pretty well, so that’s good,” Nguyen said. 

In the future, the goal is to win both the San Diego tournament and CIF this season, according to Wong.

“We got a lot of new freshman that are really good this year, so I think we might do really good this season,” Wong said.  

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Stephanie Hwang, Assistant News Editor
Stephanie Hwang is the Assistant News Editor for her first year on Portola Pilot. This year, she hopes to connect with Portola Pilot members and learn all that she can. When she’s not playing indie games or attempting to monopolize the cafeteria’s daily supply of vinegar chips, Stephanie can be found trying to finish all the new books she’s been collecting. Or lamenting about her upcoming tests.
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