By Hanah Wyman,
The Davis High School women’s varsity tennis team opened its preseason with a 5-4 win over Oak Ridge on Thursday, Aug. 27.
Despite having the ladder, or ranking, rearranged for various injuries and illnesses, Davis was able to maintain its competitiveness and secure the win over the Trojans.
“The ladder has changed dramatically since last year. Seven seniors who were in the top twelve graduated, and two of our top six players are out right now,” junior and returning player Addie O’Hanlon said.
With many experienced players leaving, the Blue Devils have had to adjust to playing at a higher level and forming new partnerships.
No. 1 singles player and captain Lauren Duan lost her match in 6-2, 6-3 sets, but is excited for future matches.
“My opponent was a strong player, and I made some mistakes. It’s early in the season so this is just a warm up and there is a lot of room for improvements,” the junior said.
No. 1 doubles Soomi Yoo and Sherry Zheng won their match, although neither senior normally plays in that seed.
“Basically when someone is sick or injured, everyone has to play up one or two levels. This forces you to adjust but we were still able to come out with a win against one of the best teams in our league,” O’Hanlon said.
Miriam Nansen, who normally plays in the top six, sat out with a strained ligament in her ankle.
“Today was a tough match because of the difficult opponent and [hot] weather but I’m really excited for this season; I think we can win sections this year,” Nansen said.
Beating Oak Ridge is a good early indicator for DHS–the Trojans were last year’s section champions.
Davis opens its regular season on Sept. 8 at Elk Grove.