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Islander Girls Tennis Claims First Western League Crown Since 1993

Nado Natterings by David Axelson | Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 6:13 pm

Over the nearly two decades that I have been covering Coronado High School sports, one of the most positive program transformations has been the success of the Islander Girls Tennis Team this season. When I first covered the sport, they were having trouble winning or even competing in the Western League. Now years later, under the direction of Head Coach Rob Moore, the team won the Western League title for the first time since 1993. Moore provided a report on his team’s league-clinching efforts from last week. “This was to be a rebuilding year for Girl’s Tennis having lost seven players from last year’s team, which reached the CIF Division I quarterfinals. 

“However, no one told that to this year’s squad led by seniors Chrissy Seggerman and Karina de la Torre, or the rest of the Islander team for that matter. The team traveled to La Jolla for their first match of the week, taking with them their 10-1 overall record, including a 7-0 mark in the Western League. The Vikings were No. 3 in the CIF San Diego Power Rankings and the Islanders held the No. 4 spot, even though the Islanders had won the first match between the schools at home, by the score of 12-6.

“After the first line of six sets, Coronado led 4-2 with Aida Garcia dropping her first set of the season to La Jolla’s number one singles player. Chrissy Seggerman/Summer Vu, playing No. 1 doubles won 7-5 and on the singles side, Hannah Quirk and Kayla Sacks playing No. 2 and No. 3 singles respectively won 6-0 and 6-1. The second line of six sets saw Coronado and La Jolla split 3-3 and we went into the final six sets with Coronado holding a slim 7-5 lead in sets won. With the third line tied at two sets apiece and Coronado leading 9-7 overall, the last two matches to be contested were doubles sets. Coronado’s No. 1 faced La Jolla’s No. 2 team (one-half of which was La Jolla’s number two singles player), with Coronado’s No. 2 doubles battling La Jolla’s No. 3 doubles. 

“With both teams’ players and a strong showing of both teams’ parents lining up to watch the side-by-side matches, Coronado’s No. 3 doubles team of Karina de la Torre/Virginia Beall saw a narrow 3-0 lead slip away and they eventually lost a tight match, 6-4. Meanwhile, on the next court, Seggerman/Vu started slowly and found themselves in an almost inescapable dilemma being down 1-5, while the match score in sets had Coronado only one set ahead at 9-8.  Seggerman/Vu never gave up and kept winning one game after another until they strung together six straight games to win an almost impossible comeback. I believe it is one of the most impressive and important comebacks I’ve seen since I’ve been coaching. 

“Chrissy and Summer, despite a relatively hostile crowd, continued to fight for every point, believed in each other and never ever gave up.  Interestingly enough, if we had tied 9-9 in sets we would not have won the first tiebreaker, which is the total number of games won. As I told our players before the match, ‘You are playing for the team, not for yourself.’ This was the epitome of a team win.

“Thursday’s match versus Cathedral Catholic, if you looked at Coronado’s tight 10-8 win earlier in the month, appeared to be a potential ‘spoiler’ match for Cathedral. However, the Islander players were ready and continued their same high level of play they utilized in the win at La Jolla. After the first line of sets the Islanders jumped out to a 5-1 lead and then continued to a 10-2 lead after the next six sets, to win by the score of 15-3. We kept our high level of play from the La Jolla match and I think this is one of the best, all-around matches we’ve played this season. 

“Garcia came back at No. 1 singles and beat her very solid counterpart from Cathedral 7-6(4). Quirk and Sacks just played so tough and were solid as both players won two of their three singles sets. On the doubles side, Vu/Seggerman led our doubles effort, winning all three of their doubles sets 6-1, 6-0 and 6-3, which yielded six straight set wins over the two matches last week. Beall/de la Torre returned to their dominating doubles style of play after dropping their first set against Cathedral’s No. 2 doubles team to go on and play some of their best tennis of the season by winning their last two sets against the Dons No. 1 and No. 3 teams. Our No. 3 team, Miranda Diaz/Alice Nahmad really turned up their games and just dominated the Cathedral No. 2 and No. 3 teams, playing their best as well. Finally, this was another total team effort and we had Jasmine Summers-Evans/Kelly Zarankow see some action against the Cathedral No. 1 doubles team. 

“With the victory over Cathedral Catholic, Coronado clinched the Western League Championship, a title that has eluded us since 1993, while playing in arguably one of the most competitive leagues in the entire county.  Coronado finishes the regular season Monday of this week with a home match versus Point Loma, followed by their last away match versus the Academy of Our Lady of Peace at Balboa Tennis Center Tuesday afternoon. 

“The CIF seeding meeting for all of the San Diego High School Girl’s Tennis Playoffs is on Thursday and with their impressive season, the Islanders will certainly be slated for a high seed in the Open Division. Currently the CIF Power Rankings are: 1. Torrey Pines, 2. Bishop’s, 3. Coronado, 4. La Jolla and No. 5 Rancho Bernardo. The CIF Team Playoffs begin early next week and it looks as though Coronado will host at least their first playoff round at home.”