Girls’ Tennis: Spotlight

How will the girls do in playoffs

by Henry Curi (Sports Editor) – 11/6/15

Senior Mandy Grijalva returning the hit
Senior Mandy Grijalva returning the hit

With girls tennis currently closing in on the finale of their season, the team is preparing for the crucial games of the postseason as they are in the hopes of winning a city title under longtime head coach Bill Vogel.

With a record of 8-4 this season and two more games still coming up against Reseda and Van Nuys High School, the girls will be looking to finish the regular season strong and carry that momentum into the playoffs as their success has paved the way for additional opportunity.

Senior Emily Ontiveros stated, “We have a lot of new girls that have a lot of talent which gives me confidence about playoffs and how we’re going to do.”

With experience and newcomers in the mix, the team has found a balance that creates winning chemistry for the singles and doubles players.

In order to assure a successful postseason run, senior Mandy Grijalva exclaimed, “We definitely should work on our consistency and enhance our volleys and serves, but overall as a team I think we’re good.”

Although the girls have conquered the Valley Mission League, they will face relatively tougher opponents as they may face teams from Los Angeles that have gave the Cougars some troubles in previous years, but coach Bill Vogel stated that they have a “fair shot” at winning it all.

As one of the experienced players on the team, junior Vicky Avila expressed, “I personally think we got better than last year, and I think we have a good chance at winning first place or second place.”

The confidence the girls and the coach have regarding their capability, that should mentally carry them through fierce competition throughout the rest of the regular season and the highly anticipated postseason.

In the process of topping last year’s record of 5-9, this year’s team is already above the .500 winning mark and is looking to finish at their best.

The team will not only be looking at their coach for guidance but also their captain Liana Molini as their leader on and off the court.

If all the pieces fall into place, the girls tennis team could be looking at the glory of winning a city championship and the seniors could be looking at an unforgettable moment in their high school careers as their long hours of dedication and practice have led up to this opportunity.