By Diane Lee
The La Canada Girl’s tennis team is ready for another year of sweaty practices and team bonding opportunities. Both the varsity and JV teams have been working hard to prepare for their opponents this season.
Their fall season started on September 24th with a game against South Pasadena. The varsity girls busted out a win with 11 points, South Pasadena trailing behind with only 7 points. JV also defeated their opponent by the same margin.
The streak continued with their 2nd game of the season against Monrovia. The varsity starters for singles consisted of sophomore Nicole Son, junior Natalie Petrosian, and junior Elizabeth Lee. Seniors Emily Matuska and Sharyse Watanabe, freshmen Solenn Matuska and Ashley Chun, and senior Shannon Settles and junior Erica Lee were the doubles starters. Unfortunately, one of the team captains, senior Cassie Mckenzie, was unable to make the game. However, the players had no doubt they would leave the game with a win. The final score was 14-4, La Cañada.
Junior Grace Rickert said the team “has a solid group of girls this season.” Sophomore Sarah Ann Settles added on by expressing her excitement to get to know the girls better.
Matuska and Watanabe were exemplary leaders in the match. Their excellent teamwork was displayed throughout, earning them the victory over Monrovia’s doubles team of Stephanie River and McKenna Phillips.
“I’m excited for our senior year and am looking forward to making memories during my last season,” said Sharyse Watanabe.
One of the goals for the tennis team is to beat (or at least put up a good fight against) their rival, San Marino.
“We’re usually top 2 or 3 in our league. So to beat San Marino, who usually places first, would be amazing,” said Emily Matuska.
“It would be a huge accomplishment if we won league this year, and qualifying for CIF is always our team goal,” said tennis Coach Will Moravec. He is anticipating a competitive and fun-filled few months teaching the sport he loves.
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