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Tennis targeting finals

As the fall season continues, the Palo Alto High School girls tennis team is serving justice in the tennis court with countless wins and a remarkable, unified spirit.

The Vikings are currently playing in the El Camino League, a lower league than the De Anza League, which they played in last year.

Recently, they prevailed against Mountain View High School on Oct. 11 in a close 4-3 match, Fremont High School 7-0 on Oct. 18 and Santa Clara High School 6-1 on Oct. 20, allowing them to maintain their extraordinary winning streak of 10 consecutive wins in the league. The team has yet to lose a single league match.

“We’re in the lower division this season so we’ve been doing really well compared to previous years,” said Avery Pearson, senior doubles player.

With their achievements this season, the Vikings are optimistic about the potential for next year.

“Next year should hopefully be more of a challenge, because if all goes well we’ll be league champions this year and advance to the upper league,” said junior doubles player Emma Cockerell. “But this year has been great because we’ve been able to really work on our game.”

The Vikings are confident in their abilities and remain hopeful as they enter the crucial, final stage of an already awe-inspiring season.

“So far we’re undefeated, so we’re hoping to do really well in SCVALS [Santa Clara Valley Athletic League] and CCS [Central Coast Section],” Pearson said.

The team also attributes much of its success to effective chemistry, and bonding experiences on and off the court, which has helped squad unity.

“Tennis is a predominantly individual sport, and in that sense, it can be tough to keep the team together,” Pearson said. “We’ve learned how to bond and get to know each other every second we can during practice and on the way to matches.”

Although Pearson and the other five graduating seniors — Meredith Cummings, Brin Elliott, Avanika Narayan, Mayerly Short and Alice Zhang — will not be playing with the girls next year, the Vikings will continue to strengthen their skills as athletes in order to become a more powerful team.

“Six seniors are graduating this year, and I hope the team will be able to continue to be as unified as it has been without us next year,” Pearson said. “We’ll miss [being on the team].”

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