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Islander Girls Tennis Dominates La Jolla And Point Loma

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Posted: Friday, September 28, 2018 2:35 pm

A few teams that have been at the very top of their sport for the many years are having a tough time in 2018. Two examples of that concept can be found in Girls Tennis where La Jolla and Point Loma, long-time mainstays at the very highest echelons of the sport, are having challenging seasons. Two working examples of that concept occurred last week. The Islander Girls Tennis Team, which admittedly is very strong this season, made short work of La Jolla 15-3 and followed that up with a 17-1 victory over Point Loma.

According to Head Coach Rob Moore, it was the Islander singles players who carried the day against La Jolla, with No. 1 singles player Summer Vu winning her three sets, all by 6-0 scores. Her sister Lily Vu played No. 3 singles and won her sets 6-0, 6-0 and 6-1. No. 2 singles player Elsa Ostermarker won her three sets to complete the Coronado singles sweep. The doubles teams of Olivia Strong/Sanaia Haskal, Alejandra Gonzalez/Marla Steel, and Samantha Russell/Ellie Johnson all played well. Keep in mind that the Islander No. 2 singles player Tiana French has been out for two weeks with a sore shoulder, meaning the Islander roster is really deep.

Moore said of Russell/Johnson, “They were down in their last set 4-1, then 5-2 and down a match point, before they pulled off a 7-5 comeback. It was good tennis too, with our girls hitting out. It was a beautiful fall afternoon, the stands were full, and people were cheering.” Showing his coaching mastery and advanced motivational techniques, Moore told Johnson and Russell during a changeover late in the set, that he wanted the comeback victory as a birthday gift. Also participating in the match was the doubles team of Ana de la Lama/Jolee Barr, as the entire Islander roster got to play.

It was more of the same against Point Loma as the entire lineup played again, including French who played two rounds of doubles and then played a singles set replacing Summer Vu. Moore said of French, “Her shoulder has had some soreness for a while and she has been seeing our Trainer Arielle Luna for two weeks.”

This week Moore is bringing in the 4.5 Coronado Women’s Team in to give his team some competition Monday evening. Tuesday Coronado travels to Scripps Ranch and Thursday Coronado will host the Academy of Our Lady of Peace at 3:30 p.m. Moore added, “Scripps is good and OLP is better. I still think we are the team to beat. We have seven more matches left in the regular season and six of them are against Western League teams. We’re healthy now and I think we’re going to do well.”

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