Girls’ tennis lacks fans at big games

By Camille Shooshani

Despite the girls’ tennis team’s undefeated streak in league, the only fans on the sidelines cheering on these Wolverines are their parents.
It’s true that tennis etiquette limits fan behavior to applause, but team captain Kei Goldberg ’12 believes they should get more attention.

“I guess I understand that [the games are] sort of far, but we’re a Division I team and it makes sense for us to have supporters,” Goldberg said.

The girls shut out league opponent Chaminade 18-0 on Oct. 4 and beat Notre Dame and Flintridge Sacred Heart in league matches, improving their perfect league record to 5-0.

“I would love for people to actually come to our matches,” Samantha Maccabee ’13 said. “We do well when we support each other, and I can’t imagine what it would be like with legitimate fans.” 

The Head Fanatics, who organize and encourage fan attendance, have done next to nothing to advertise or encourage attendance at tennis matches this year or in the past. 

“Maybe we should try to advertise more,” Head Fanatic Kristen Lee ’12  said. “It’s just that historically, sports like tennis and field hockey don’t get the most fans.” 

“I feel like the Fanatics do a great job with getting people out to most games,” Nikki Volpert ’12 said. “But both the girls’ and boys’ varsity tennis teams are really good, and we feel separated from the school without the support of the student

“I’m actually a tennis fan and have a few friends on the team, but I’ve never seen a match advertised and would feel almost uncomfortable going to one,” Jordan Brewington ’13 said. 

The girls’ overall record is 6-3, as the team struggled in its match against Campbell Hall, a favorite to win the state championship, which ended in a 17-1 loss for the Wolverines.

The team has a game today against Beverly Hills High School at 4 p.m. at Los Angeles Valley College and will play Chaminade tomorrow at Cal State Northridge.