This week, we played Malibu High and Nordhoff High, both Tri-Valley League opponents. The net result is that we are now 5-0 in league play and can finish no worse than second in League this season. This means that Cate girls’ tennis has made the CIF playoffs for the fifth consecutive year and we are two-for-two since moving up to Division 2 and the Tri-Valley League.
On Tuesday, Malibu served up some very windy conditions, but our girls managed to sweep in doubles play and secure five wins in singles to garner a 14-4 victory. Here’s the scoreboard:
Yesterday, we were back on the Cate Mesa for a second match against Nordhoff high school. In 18 sets, and with all 12 varsity members getting significant playing time, we managed to drop only 7 games. This was the most efficient match I have ever been a part of, scoreboard-wise, and yet every player on both sides left with a smile on their faces.
I want to take a moment to give credit to our opponents, who are mostly beginners, because they played with enthusiasm, sportsmanship, and no matter the score, they clearly made the conscious decision to enjoy playing tennis. As someone who’s been on both sides of this match-situation, I can say that their cheery dispositions was impressive.
On our side of things, Jackie Cai finally became eligible this week and now stands at 6-0 on the season. Sarah Polowczak also returned from injury to win both sets against Nordhoff with partner Maki Kobayashi. Annie Lu subbed in for Julia Gan after the first round and was in control of her matches from start to finish. Janice Ng and Madeleine Nelson both started in singles against Nordhoff and were impressively dominant, dropping just one game between them in six sets of play.
I was proud of the way our girls competed, tenaciously and respectfully. It would have been easy to take this match lightly, but our Cate girls continue to impress me with their desire for improvement. We went in with the goal to practice a weak-point that we can make strong for our match against La Reina this coming Tuesday, and I think this goal was accomplished. We are focused.
Speaking of the match on Tuesday, we will need the support of any of our fans that can make the trip out to Rancho Madera Community Park in Simi Valley (3pm), where we will take on a team that has shown itself to be the polar opposite of Nordhoff in every regard. This is our chance to clinch the Tri-Valley League title from last year’s undefeated champions and we anticipate a very tight match.