History Made: Tennis Wins Four Straight
By Bryce Calhoun, “The Standard”
The girls tennis team started off the season with four straight wins, but has lost their last two matches against Louisville and Viewpoint.
In their first league match of the year against Viewpoint, the team lost 3-15, but their four wins are the most wins in the history of Sierra Canyon tennis.
“This year’s team is much deeper. It gives us the opportunity to have more flexibility with our lineup, we can sub players in and out, which is a luxury we didn’t have in the past.,” Head coach Troy Aiken said.
The team has added two new players in Genevive Hannelius (‘17) and Chloe Cohanim (‘18) to add depth to the roster. The team has been working hard on the court in order to improve and continue to win matches.
“I’m excited; we did really well in pre-season, so I think that we’ll continue to do really well because we’ve all improved and we’ll hopefully do better than last year.” Zoe Brown (‘17) said.
Last year, the team finished last in the league with only two wins, but has been able to already close out four wins in only the first six games of the season. Although, the team has grown from last year, Aiken still says work needs to be done to improve.
“We have a lot of work to do. Such as working on doubles strategy and knocking off some of the rust from the long summer break,” Aiken said.
According to Aiken, he wants the team to be able to compete within the league and possibly even win some in-league matches.
“We play in a really hard league, but I want to be able to be able to compete and beat some of the schools that we’ve lost to before like Viewpoint and Crossroads,” Mia Ginsburg (‘18) said.
To improve the team Aiken has implemented an emphasis on good technique and consistent stroke play.
“Coach makes us his a lot of forehands and backhands so that we don’t make as many mistakes in the match and we can become better overall tennis players. It may be hard, but I love it because tennis is fun!” Lily Kahane (‘18) said.
After starting the league season against Viewpoint, the team’s next match is Tuesday, Sept. 27 against Windward, the only league team they beat last year, at Cal State University Northridge at 3:00 PM.
“I’m really excited for our match against Windward because we actually beat them last year and I feel like we have a chance to beat them again this year. I think if we focus on playing our game and hitting the ball over the net we have a good chance at winning,” Ginsburg said.