The Coronado girl’s tennis team traveled to Scripps Ranch Tuesday to take City Western League foes, the Falcons. Coronado battled, but lost the match 14-4, with three winning sets coming from the dynamic doubles duo of Ana De La Lama and Kate Perley. Using exceptional approach shots and net play, they dominated their opponents. Lily Adams and Nicole O’Malley brought home the other doubles score.
De La Lama and Perley are returning letterwomen who were singles standouts in seasons past. Coach Rob Moore has paired the two to create the Western League’s top doubles tandem and position them for a possible CIF championship. So far, the strategy has paid off as the de la Lama and Perley combo went 6-0 during the week, beating two good No. 1 doubles teams from strong schools.
On Thursday, Oct. 7, Coronado hosted Our Lady of Peace at the Robbin Adair Tennis Center. The Islanders dropped the match 13-5, but not without some bright spots in doubles play. De la Lama and Perley swept their three sets, including a tense tiebreaker in the first round. Hana Arujo and Jimena Cortez, along with the Adams and O’Malley duo added winning sets. Arujo also improved in her singles play taking several games to the 3-3 brink.
The girls have yet to win a match this season but have a lot of athleticism and potential. Coach Moore believes with dedicated hard work, Coronado could emerge as a very competitive team in Western League which is the strongest in the county.
This week the Lady Islanders take on La Jolla and Patrick Henry in Western League matches.