Team eyes CIF title despite early issues

Team eyes CIF title despite early issues

Jennifer Gadalov ’19 prepares to hit the ball to her opponent. The Wolverines lost the game 11-7 to Notre Dame. Credit: Ellis Becker/ Chronicle

The girls’ tennis team started off its season with a 13-5 win at its first league match Sept. 20 against Immaculate Heart. The team is currently 6-2 overall and 2-1 in league play.
“Immaculate Heart just joined our league, so we didn’t know what to expect of their team. We all played really, really well, and it was a good start to the official season,” Lara Mikhail ’18 said. “It was good practice for us in order to prepare for tougher league matches. It also gave our coach the opportunity to see what worked in terms of double pairings and singles players in order to formulate a strong lineup to use for the rest of the season.”
Despite winning its next league match against Marlborough, the squad lost to Notre Dame High School 11-7 Sept. 29.
“The team was definitely disappointed with the loss [against Notre Dame], and we had several players who were sick and injured that day, which was pretty unlucky,” Jennifer Gadalov ’19 said. “But, we’re ready to go back and work even harder to beat them the next time we play them.”
The team has been practicing to improve their overall performance during matches.
“We’re still working out who’s going to play where, but I think we’re in a really good place,” Girls’ Tennis Program Head Kristie Gipe said.
The match against Peninsula High School Sept. 21 was cancelled due to tension between the two schools.
The Wolverines attributed the cancellation to Peninsula’s sportsmanship after a loss to the Wolverines at a Stanford tournament.
“When we were at Stanford, it was very obvious that there was tension between us and the Peninsula girls,” Mikhail said.
The squad is looking forward to their next league match against Flintridge Sacred Heart Oct. 4 and are very still determined to win the CIF-SS championship.
“Last year, we got to the finals at CIF, so we want to go one step farther and win,” Gadalov said.

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