Girls’ tennis aims for 10th league title in 12 years

By Camille Shooshani

Tomorrow’s scrimmage against Beverly Hills High School will test the strength of the girls’ varsity tennis team after the loss of four starting seniors.

The girls hope they will be able to claim their 10th Mission League title in 12 years in the team’s upcoming season, Head Coach Chris Simpson said.

“We’re playing for experience and competition this year,” Simpson said.

The league, in the past, has had generally strong singles players but weak doubles, leaving Harvard-Westlake to dominate the doubles field, Simpson said. With the loss of senior doubles players, the team will have to compensate.

Co-Captain Taylor Coon ’12 said Mira Costa High School and Palos Verdes High School are the teams to beat during the season as the matches have always been close.

Co-captain Kei Goldberg ’12 has taken a “motherly” role as supporter and adviser, as she will not be playing full matches until she recovers from a shoulder injury, she said.

Both Goldberg and Simpson said Kristina Park ’13 is one of the most improved players this season. Park, who recently moved on to the under-18 division, spent the summer competing in tournaments and practicing with friends at various summer intensives.

“I’ve been working hard this summer and I’m excited for all of it to pay off this season,” Park said.