Tennis advances to CIF quarterfinals, carries on despite team captain’s injury

By Camille Shooshani

 After beating Westlake High School 10-5 on Monday, the girls’ varsity tennis team, undefeated in league, advanced to the third round of CIF playoffs yesterday.

In Monday’s game, the team completed only 15 of 18 sets due to lighting issues and wetness on the court. The girls were originally set to play Saturday but the game was postponed due to rain.

The girls played Peninsula High School yesterday but results were not available as of press time. During the fall season, Peninsula beat the team 12-5 without Peninsula’s two best singles players.

“It will definitely be a challenge but I think we can do it,” Head Coach Chris Simpson said.

In the first round of CIF playoffs last Thursday, the girls shut out Fullerton 18-0 despite team captain Kei Goldberg ’12’s being taken away by an ambulance after dislocating her shoulder. Goldberg did not play the entire regular season due to a shoulder injury.

As it is her senior year, Goldberg will not play again at the high school level.

“It’s pretty frustrating because it’s my senior year and I wanted to compete more,” Goldberg said. “I haven’t played, and I did so much to prepare for and prevent this but it feels like I’m all the way back at stage one.”

“We all want to fight for Kei,” co-captain Taylor Coon ’12 said. “She was a really big part of our team.”

If the girls’ team defeated Peninsula yesterday, thewould move on to the semifinals Nov. 17 and could possibly face Dana Hills, Mater Dei, Palm Desert or Woodbridge.

Individual CIF preliminaries continue on Nov. 18.