By Maddie Yang,
The Davis High varsity women’s tennis team caught McClatchy off guard on Tuesday, Sept. 27 with a victory of 6-3.
The first team member off the courts was No. 1 player sophomore Lillian Okamoto, who snatched her win of 6-2 and 6-0 against McClatchy player Shirley Kwong.
Although it was a smooth win for Okamoto, No. 2 player freshman Lyna Jiang fought a tougher battle. Jiang lost her first set 6-3, won her second set 6-0 and lost her tie breaker 10-5.
“It’s tough […] especially after that second set win. It’s hard to keep that momentum going but Lyna is a tough player and she kept going,” head coach Sally Hosley said.
All three doubles teams were successful in their matches.
“I saw a lot of good communication and strategies with the doubles players,” Hosley said.
The newly paired No. 2 doubles team players, seniors Addie O’Hanlon and Rebeca Engelhard, pulled out the dominating scores of 6-3 and 6-1.
O’Hanlon regularly plays as the team’s No. 5 singles player but decided to switch it up at the match.
“I felt confident in our abilities together. We’ve been working really hard at practice, trying some new strategies, so I felt really good,” O’Hanlon said.
Another change in the line-up was the No. 6 singles player junior Nancy Avoce who was used to playing doubles. Avoce walked away with the set scores of 6-2 and 7-5.
“I was trying to focus on keeping my head in the game and being a good sportsman […] I’m gonna win by more next time,” Avoce said.
The team showed many achievements in its game-play at this match. Hosley hopes that the players can carry this mentality through their next match against the less-competitive Monterey Trail on Wednesday, Sept. 28.
“It’ll be nice for the girls. They can relax a little bit and just kind of bring their game and feel comfortable,” Hosley said.