Women’s Tennis Ready for Strong Season
Annie Odell and Grace Hilty
October 1, 2010
Last year, Miramonte women’s tennis had a nearly perfect season going 25-2, after only twice losing to rival team Mission San Jose. Starting the 2010 season with a bang, the Mats already beat MSJ twice this year.
Of the 10 matches this season, the Mats beat Dougherty Valley 7-2, Acalanes 9-1, and lost to Monte Vista 3-6, and won the James Logan Tournament, after they beat Campolindo in the finals. The Mats luck towards beating Campo did not end there, last Thursday was the Campo Miramonte game home, where the Mats brought home a strong vitory 8-1. Unfortunately at their match Sept. 27, the Mats lost against San Ramon Valley with a final score of 4-5.
Team captains Anastasia Kaiser ‘11 and Alyssa Wendt ‘11, along with head coaches Mike McCollom, Richard Westin, and Jim Townsend, are excited for another successful season. “Our team is hoping to make it to semi-finals in the NCS Championship again,” said Wendt. “Last year, we lost to MSJ 4-3 in NCS, but our winning record against them this year hopefully predicts our future success in the finals.”
The team is composed of 12 seniors, three juniors, three sophomores, and two freshmen. With a team that is more than 50% upperclassmen, the younger teammates have true role models to look up to. “I love having the older girls on the team because they know the gist of Miramonte tennis, and have helped me through my freshman year, and sophomore year thus far,” said Meg Andersen ‘13.
Unfortunately, the team lost several doubles players this season due to a large number of graduating seniors. The singles players’ lineup remains strong.
Practice is held Monday through Friday from 3:15-5:15. “Tennis takes up a lot of time, but it’s definitely worth it. I love being with my team,” says Ally Braue ‘11.
The Mats will continue participating in DFALS against Alhambra on Oct. 5, and Acalanes Oct. 7, both home games.