Girls tennis: Players prepare for another winning season with 4 new players

September 5, 2017 — by Jay Kim and Annissa Mu

Head Coach: Florin Marica

Assistant Coach: Jonathon Chui

2016-2017 record: 15-2

2016-2017 recap: The team finished the season at the semi-finals of CCS in an upset loss to Saint Francis.

Key additions: Freshman Alyssa Pinai, sophomore Vivian Lin

Star Players: No. 2 player senior Stephanie Ren, No. 1 player sophomore Monica Stratakos

Key losses: Caitlin Ju, Neeka Nikfar, Shreya Ingle

League: De Anza Division

Prognosis:

With six seniors, including No. 1 singles player Caitlin Ju, leaving for college, the team had to rebuild their lineup by bringing in four new members to continue last year’s strong season.

“There were a lot of seniors that left last year so there’s more new teams members than usual this year,” Ren said. “The new members are working really hard on improving their doubles since most of the whole singles team line up is still here.”

Ren said the team has just begun to mesh, and that they’re putting more effort to schedule team bondings.

“My main goal is getting to the finals of CCS, because last year we lost in the semi-finals against Saint Francis which was a big surprise,” Ren said.

She added that Los Gatos will continue to be their main rival this season.

“They have many top players and it has always been hard to beat them,” Ren said. “There is always more tension when we play them.”

Despite this, she emphasized the importance of not underestimating other opponents and sticking to their game plan.

“It’s going to be tough,” Ren said, “but I think we have a good shot at winning in our league, and hopefully we can repeat the success the team has had in recent years.”