Girls’ tennis gets share of Mission title

By Jonah Rosenbaum

By knocking off rival Chaminade, the Wolverines girls’ tennis team gained a piece of the Mission League title, which they will split with the Eagles.

Because of the team’s earlier loss to Chaminade, they needed a large margin of victory to win the league title, and they acheived just that in a 12-6 win. The win against Chaminade was followed by four consecutive league wins, ending with an 18-0 victory against Flintride that clinched the Mission League.

“We won back Mission League, which was our goal for the year, and the win should give us a good draw for CIF,” Nicole Hung ’10 said.

Head Coach Chris Simpson agreed with Hung about the importance of the win, and said the Mission League title, and an easy playoff draw is especially important since the team is dealing with several injuries to key players, including Hung. Last year marked the first time in nine years that the team didn’t bring home at least a share of the Mission League.

“To take back the Mission League really feels great,” Simpson said. “This season has had low and high points, and this win was definitely a high one.”

He also singled out Caroline Richman ’09.

“[Richman] really played like a college bound player for us against Chaminade,” Simpson said. “We needed her to win her matches and she really came through and stepped up for us.”

The team finished the regular season with an 11-6 record and a 9-1 league mark. Although they have now captured the Mission League title, both Hung and Simpson emphasized that they are not done yet.

The team’s stated goal is to get to the quarterfinals. The playoffs begin tomorrow against an undetermined opponent.