Season Preview: Girls’ tennis adds key player, looking to be stronger than ever

September 10, 2018 — by Andrew Lee and Jayne Zhou

Head Coach: Florin Marica

2017-2018 record: 9-3

2017-2018 recap: lost to Saint Francis in CCS Division I semi-finals

Key Additions: senior Rini Vasan 

Key Matchups: Los Gatos, Monta Vista

Star Players: Key losses (2018 alumni): Elizabeth Lee, Stephanie Ren

League: Santa Clara Valley Athletics League, De Anza division

Prognosis: 

Following a strong season last year, where they finished with a 9-3 record and lost in the CCS Division I semifinals against Saint Francis, the girls’ tennis team is hoping to improve after losing key players Elizabeth Lee and Stephanie Ren.

Having had a strong performance history for several years, the girls’ tennis team stands as one of the most consistent and reliable teams in SHS athletics. With a constant flow of powerful players joining the team, such as senior Rini Vasan, the girls’ tennis team seems as if it could triumph in its Division 1 league every single year.

However, according to junior Vivian Lin, there is still always some room to improve and construct an even better team. Because they lose potent players every year, the girls do their best to train the rest of its member sto fill in voids left by key losses.

“We are all working really hard, both during school practices and on our own time, to improve our strokes,” Lin said. “ I’m looking forward to watching the team grow closer since we have new players.”

Nonetheless, the team is confident in its lineup this year and is looking forward to another strong season with coach Florin Marica. Players hope that with steady improvement throughout the season, they can make SHS an even bigger threat in the league and CCS.

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