Cate Girls’ Tennis Goes Two-for-Two in Early-Season Play

Kate Dehlendorf sticks the forehand volley

Facing Villanova at the Cate School today, girls’ tennis gave very little away in a 15-3 blowout.

Despite substituting at #1 and #2 in the third round, Cate doubles came through with eight wins in nine sets. Playing at #3 doubles, senior duo Victoria Herman and Pharibe Pope (pictured below, respectively) led the doubles lineup with three wins (6-3, 6-0, 6-1).

Victoria Herman smacks a down-the-line winner Pharibe Pope gets low on the backhand side

Senior/sophomore partners Kate Dehlendorf (pictured at top) and Summer Christensen won two sets with ease at #1 doubles (6-2, 6-0).

Maddy Gordon and Kate Schroeder took over for Dehlendorf/Christensen in the third round, scoring a 6-4 win. Substitutes Madeleine Nelson and Maki Kobayashi also played in the third round and remained undefeated this season after a quick 6-2 victory.

In singles, juniors Julia Gan and McKenna Madden won six sets without dropping a game. Cecelia Sanborn, playing at #3 singles, managed a 6-4 win in the first round and battled through two more long, closely-contested sets that continued late into the day (2-6, 5-7).

Cate, now 2-0 after a pair of 15-3 wins, will be away on school outings week and then will return to competition against long-time rival Santa Ynez High on Friday, September 19th at the Cate School.

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