GIRLS TENNIS: Sierra Canyon hanging tough early in the season

Sierra Canyon girls tennis tuning up for Sunshine League play

By Jacob H. Pollon


The Sierra Canyon girls tennis team has had four matches (one scrimmage and three nonleague contests) early this season as it readies itself for tough Sunshine League play later in September and October.

The Trailblazers first three matches ended in a 9-9 tie and the result would be determined by games won. Sierra Canyon edged Oakwood 78-69 and Upland 78-71 (on the road) before losing to Flintridge Prep (75-68).

Sierra Canyon (1-2 overall) dropped a 13-5 set decision to Garces Memorial of Bakersfield to finish this week.

Lyric Wilson, a rising sophomore, and Bette Chen each swept at singles against Flintridge Prep but the Trailblazers dropped six doubles sets in the setback. A bright spot was Bridgette Mertzel and Emma Nassiri winning two doubles sets.

Wilson only lost one game in each set.

Wilson swept at No. 1 singles against Garces Memorial but the Trailblazers only won other singles set and only took one doubles set.

Against Upland, Betty Chen swept at No. 1 singles and Danica Quinn took singles sets. Chen won all 18 games.

Sienna Martin and Ally Thau won two doubles sets, including a crucial tiebreak.

In the scrimmage against Oakwood, Wilson swept her singles sets while Martin and Thau swept in doubles.

Hannah LaChappelle and Emma Nasiri took two doubles sets.

“We are getting better each day out there,” Trailblazers coach Carlo Bertumen said. “The girls are working extremely hard and putting the time and effort in.”

Sierra Canyon takes on Buckley and Archer School for Girls next week on back-to-back days (Wed. and Thur.) before facing the likes of Louisville, Marymount, Immaculate Heart and Notre Dame Academy in league play.