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Tennis Beats Capo in Tiebreaker

The girls tennis team has struggled thus far in season, holding a league record of 3-5.

Most recently, the girls defeated Capistrano Valley 10-8. Junior Layla Gravelle won in a tiebreaker to hand Dana the victory.

Two days prior, on Tuesday, Oct. 15, the girls lost to Tesoro. The teams were tied nine sets to nine sets, but the lady Dolphins lost in games 68-67. The final score was 8-10.

Their first league game was against their rivals, the San Clemente Tritons. On Thursday, Oct. 10, the lady Dolphins lost 4-14.

The Tritons triumphed at League Champs five years in a row, from 2014 to 2018. Ultimately, it was a tough match, but the girls did not back down without a fight. In this game, the girls lost every set in singles, yet bounced back winning four sets in doubles. Ultimately, it was not enough to defeat the Tritons.

Head Coach John Cost remarked that the “[girls] did not play up to [their] potential.” He believes that by playing more consistently and making less “unforced errors,” the girls can have huge success.

Against Aliso Niguel, the girls fell 7-11 on Thursday, Oct. 3. However, the girls balanced these consecutive losses with two consecutive wins, one against Tesoro and another against Capistrano Valley.

They defeated Capistrano Valley on Tuesday, Oct. 1 with a 13-5 win and dominated Tesoro with a 12-6 win on Thursday, Sep. 26.

Senior captain Malia Rivera reflected upon her last of four years on varsity at Dana: “There were a lot of new people on the team this year so I really enjoyed getting to know everyone and having fun with the new team dynamic. It is kind of bittersweet it being my last year because I am definitely going to miss playing on this team, but I am also excited for playing tennis in college.”

Junior Claire Ngheim commented that she most “enjoyed the people.” For next year, she wants to practice more on her own to improve the team’s scores in singles, and she thinks team bonding would most benefit doubles matches.

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