By Nathan Koh,
Despite coming in with two 9-0 league match wins, the Davis High women’s tennis team ultimately lost 2-7 to its St. Francis rival Sept. 13.
“I was pretty nervous. I knew I didn’t play No. 4 last year. I was nervous… but also confident,” senior Chiara Armstrong said.
Armstrong played as the No. 4 ranked singles player and would go on to lose 6-2 and 6-1 in her match later that day.
Blue Devil’s No. 1 ranked singles player sophomore Lillian Okamoto also felt different going into this match against St. Francis than previous ones.
“I just wanted to my best for the team. Going into this match I was definitely more nervous than all the other matches I played but ultimately all I have to do is play my game,” Okamoto said.
Okamoto easily won her match with the score 6-0 and 6-1. Despite her victory, the Blue Devils lost 2-7, with three of the nine matches decided by tie-breaker sets.
“The score didn’t reflect how close the matches really were and I think if we had another chance to play them we would definitely play better and win more matches,” Okamoto said.
Regardless of the defeat, the women’s tennis team was still able to glean valuable information to improve the team as a whole.
“We need to do some switching up of our doubles teams to make us more competitive at the bottom of the single’s ladder and the top of the double’s ladder. It was a good indication of what we need to work on to be stronger up and down the ladder,” coach Sally Hosley said.
The team is now 2-1 in league matches and faces Sheldon on Thursday, Sept. 15.