Girls’ Tennis Soars Into the CIF Finals Making School History

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Girls’ Tennis Soars Into the CIF Finals Making School History

Freshman Anne Yang drives a forehand crosscourt after a short ball from her opponent. Yang went on to win the point and later win her match 6-0 against Trabuco Hills High’s number two player.

Freshman Anne Yang drives a forehand crosscourt after a short ball from her opponent. Yang went on to win the point and later win her match 6-0 against Trabuco Hills High’s number two player.

Shawyan Rooein

Freshman Anne Yang drives a forehand crosscourt after a short ball from her opponent. Yang went on to win the point and later win her match 6-0 against Trabuco Hills High’s number two player.

Shawyan Rooein

Shawyan Rooein

Freshman Anne Yang drives a forehand crosscourt after a short ball from her opponent. Yang went on to win the point and later win her match 6-0 against Trabuco Hills High’s number two player.

Shawyan Rooein, Centerspread Editor

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Girls’ tennis (19-5) continues its streak of success into their first Division 3 CIF Championships final against Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks, after defeating Alta Loma High in the semi-finals 15-3 on Nov. 13. 

Coming from their success in a competitive league with predominantly Division 1 and 2 teams, the girls are expecting to go far in the Championship, doing extremely well coming out of season. 

Despite their dominance in recent matches, the girls were not always this successful. Just last year, the girls were defeated in league, only finding success in tournaments and preseason matches, but this year was a complete turn around for them. Senior and co-captain Lauren Hwang attributed both a change in team mechanics and the addition of new freshmen Isabella Chhiv, Prisha Rapur and Anne Yang for their newfound success. 

“I think they did a lot in helping us improve as a team because obviously they are so good, but it also helped motivate us, like ‘We actually have a chance at going to CIF now …this is real,’” Hwang said. 

Their season and previous years were not always as easy as this, including during their CIF qualifying match with Trabuco Hills High coming back from a poor first round, according to coach Natasha Schottland. 

“We had a little bit of a slump [during the season], and it’s amazing how one player gone can change the dynamic of a team,” Schottland said. “When Bella left for her training week in Florida, it really put us in a slump, and I’m glad we could fight through that slump and push through that mental block and make things happen.”

Regardless of their final result, the Girls Tennis team is making massive strides towards unprecedented standards for a team only in its second year as a varsity team. For the remainder of the Fall season and in coming years, the Girls Tennis team will be one to look out for. 

*Girls’ Tennis went on to win the CIF Southern Sectional Division 3 championships, beating Notre Dame High School 10-8.