Girls’ Tennis starts season off on the right foot

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Sophomore Arianna Radillo returns a serve with a forehand during a preseason match against Frankin High School.

With fall sports well into full swing, they all share one common goal: to win and represent the school in the best way possible. The Girls’ Tennis team has been able to achieve their goal of winning so far in their season.

Before the season began, the expectations for the team were higher than last year due to the fact that most of their roster consisted of returning players.  “I expected second place [in league],” said head coach Eduardo Rodriguez about his expectations for the team at the beginning of the season.

Last season, the team was tied for third place with South Gate High School in the Eastern League.  But the team has already surpassed their win total from last year and shows no signs of slowing down, currently having a 5-3 overall record and a 3-1 Eastern League record.

Coach Rodriguez owes the success of the team to the dedication to the sport and the dedication to practice the girls have. “Many of them practice outside of school and the more they practice, the better they’ll get and the more they’ll win,” he said.

The team’s only league defeat so far has been to first place Bell High School, but they are still in contention for a league co-championship if they defeat them when they meet again later this month. “As a team, I hope we beat every school, [especially] Bell,” said captain Valeria Davila, a senior in the Health, Science, and Environment small school.

The team’s short term goal is to win an Eastern League championship for the first time, but they have long term goals as well: playoffs.

“It’s hard to win in playoffs, but [hopefully the girls] can go pretty far,” said Coach Rodriguez.

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