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Girls Tennis Serves Up Season

After a long preseason, the girls tennis team holds a 0-1 record in league, after finishing preseason 0-10.

Most recently, the girls played against San Clemente, the schools’ rival team, on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The Dolphins fell to the San Clemente Tritons consistently in both singles and doubles. They ended the match with 3-15.

The girls lost 4-14 to Corona Del Mar (CDM) on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Cost said of the game, “We went up against a very good CDM team. Our non-league opponents have all been extremely deep with many solid players competing. Our number-one doubles team swept all three sets against CDM. Since late May to the present day, I’ve been very encouraged by the girls playing smarter, more consistent tennis.”

The ladies went up against San Juan Hills on Tuesday, Sept. 17, but they ultimately lost by a score of 7-11. Regarding the match, senior captain Malia Rivera said: “It was a really tight match. Our doubles came up with most of the wins, but San Juan’s singles played really well, too.”

The day prior, Wednesday, Sept. 16, the Dolphins fell to the Laguna Beach Breakers with a score of 8-10.

The previous week, the girls rivaled University and Mira Costa on Tuesday, Sept. 10 and Wednesday, Sept. 11, respectively. The corresponding scores were 3-15 for both matches.

From Tuesday, Sept. 3 to Thursday, Sept. 5, the girls participated in three consecutive matches. Against Trabuco, the ladies tied 9-9 in sets only to lose in the number of games 71-72 on Thursday, Sept. 5. On day two, they competed against Portola. The girls again tied 9-9 in sets but lost the match by the number of games 64-71. The first day, Dana unfortunately came up short by two points, finishing the match against Los Alamitos 8-10. Though the consecutive losses were upsetting, Cost noted that “when it is that close, it is understandable to be disappointed, but the girls are getting great competition to prepare [them] for the upcoming league match.”

On Thursday, Aug. 29, Dana fell to Northwood with a score of 5-13.

To kick off the season, the team played Murrieta Valley on Tuesday, Aug. 27. After 18 long sets, the girls ultimately lost 6-12.

Despite these losses, senior captain Aidan Rice remarked that “the girls are really improving as the season has gone on, and [she] cannot wait for what’s to come.” Similarly, junior Brianna McMillan has positive thoughts for the future of the team, citing that “if the team continues to join together and work hard, [they] will succeed.”

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