Squad falls just short of championship

Ellis Becker

The girls’ tennis team fell to the Campbell Hall Vikings in the finals of the CIF playoffs on Nov. 11.

Leading up to the finals, the team ended its regular league season 7-1, losing only to Notre Dame. The squad was able to comfortably beat Camarillo 13-5 in the first round of playoffs and defeat Arcadia 11-7 to move on to the quarter finals of the playoffs against Corona Del Mar.

Last year, the squad fell to Peninsula in the finals, but was able to beat them this season.

Again, the team was unable to win in the finals. “I think this year, we took the loss harder than last year,” Amanda Chan ’19 said. “Last year, getting to the finals was a huge accomplishment, and we didn’t expect to beat Peninsula. I think we were more confident going into CIF, and I thought we really had a chance of winning.”

Even with the loss, the team believes that it has learned a lot from this season. “I think this year we did a better job of coming together as a team,” Chan said. “Everyone contributed, and even if they weren’t actually on the court, they cheered on the rest of the team. The whole team was an important part to our success.”

The team is already looking forward to the next season and is preparing to take the title of champion next year.

“I’m really proud that we were able to get so far two years in a row,” Chan said. “I’m really looking forward to next year, and I think that we have a good chance of making it to the finals and actually winning. As for preparation, we just need to continue practicing so we can be on top of our game for next season.”