Girls tennis team is underdog contender for postseason spot

Palo Alto High School’s girls tennis team, with a record of 8-10, is in fight-or-die mode as it hopes to win its last league matches in order to make the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) championships.

The undermatched Vikings fell to Los Gatos High School at home on Oct. 13, despite a valiant effort by Paly’s number one doubles duo. Their match went to the third set but they lost, as did all of their teammates.

On Oct. 16 and 20, Paly lost again at Homestead High School and Los Altos High School, extending their losing streak and making a post-season even less likely.

Most recently, the Vikings triumphed over Lynbrook High School by a score of 5-2. Only senior Christina Le and junior Avanika Narayan lost their matches against their Lynbrook counterparts.

Paly’s only hope to make the SCVAL championships now is to win against Monta Vista High School, on Oct. 29. The Vikings last played Monta Vista on Oct. 6, when they were thoroughly routed.

Junior Meredith Cummings is optimistic about the Vikings chances in their last match of league play and thinks that there is talent on the team.

“Monta Vista is a tough opponent, but I’m confident in my team’s ability to beat them and go on to the postseason,” Cummings said.

Should Paly lose either of the two matches, their season will be over and they will be focused on rebuilding for next year. The team will lose several star seniors including team captain Halle Biorn, while still needing to compete at the same level they did this year.