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Girls tennis aspires to achieve lofty goals

After moving down from the De Anza League to the El Camino League last year, the girls tennis team is optimistic about the upcoming season and hopes to not only dominate on the court, but also create a strong team bond.

“Our goal is to stay undefeated this season and make it to CCS to get a shot at winning,” said Meredith Cummings, senior captain. “I also look forward to bonding more with my teammates in order to make long-lasting friendships.”

The team welcomed four new players: freshmen Ria Pai, Claire Li and Anuva Banwasi, and senior Brin Elliott. Li and Banwasi are highly ranked and will be huge assets to the team.

“The freshmen are superb singles players and will win most of the matches they play this season,” Cummings said. “I feel like our tennis team family is expanding with great girls.”

So far, the team has won three of its non-league matches, triumphing 6-1 against both Aragon High School and Carlmont High School. The Vikings also won a scrimmage against rival Gunn High School. Their winning streak ended when they fell 5-2 to Sacred Heart Prep on Sept. 8. However, they soon bounced back in their match against Milpitas High School on Sept. 13, winning 7-0.

The team is currently preparing for a tough tournament, the Paly Invitational Tournament on Sept. 16 and 17, which any invited regional high school may attend.

“I’m looking forward to [Paly Invitationals],” junior Emma Cockerell said. “We host it every year, and we’ve got a really strong team this year so it should be fun. We won last year and we’re hoping to win again this year.”

Although the team misses its graduated seniors, it looks forward to the strong newcomers who have filled the spots and will play for the upcoming years.

“Our goal is to stay undefeated this season and make it to CCS, to get a shot at winning.”

Meredith Cummings, Team Captain

“We’re missing Kelsey Wang, who [was] a very solid player, and Halle Biorn because she was great at doubles with Meredith and is also a solid player,” Cockerell said. “But despite these losses, I think that our team can really come back this year and make a splash.”

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