Tennis has playoffs on their mind

Jacob H. Pollon

Sierra Canyon Athletics Dept.

Staff Writer

Welcome to the 2018 girls tennis season!

The girls have been working hard and are excited about the season ahead.

There are 12 outstanding girls this year and top singles player Sammi Perry is one of only three seniors on the team. Perry will look to lead by example with fellow 12th graders Noelia Chacon and Jessica FitzWilliam.

Lily Tucker, a junior, will be another important singles player and watch out for freshman Frankie Moseley. Moseley could turn into a rising weapon for the Trailblazers.

Jessie Levy will be mainly used in doubles competition this year along with fantastic freshman Angelina Chiang. Second year coach Ron Frankel has liked what he has seen so far from Chiang.

“Angelina has shown a willingness to really try and really try to learn and get better,” Frankel said. “You can tell she cares about doing well and contributing a best effort.”

Audrey Young and Samantha Hariz formed a young (soph. and freshman) doubles duo in a nonleague match against Marshall of Pasadena and should only continue to improve.

Noelia Chacon, Sasha Grioryeva and Riley Tarnol are experienced veterans and freshman Anuha Dukkapati is another young player to watch.

The team has split its first two matches with Simi Valley (loss) and Marshall (win) to start the year. The Trailblazers will have several more nonleague matches as preparation for the rugged Gold Coast League with tough matches against Campbell Hall, Viewpoint and Brentwood looming.

After making steady progress a year ago, Sierra Canyon girls tennis is definitely thinking playoff berth for 2018.

“I want the girls to have fun and stay positive,” Frankel said. “That is a good recipe to keep getting better.”