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Islander Girls Tennis Fares Well In CIF Individual Play, Post-Season Awards Announced

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Posted: Monday, November 25, 2019 11:27 am | Updated: 11:48 am, Mon Nov 25, 2019.

Islander Girls Tennis Head Coach Rob Moore provided a rundown on the two Islander singles players and four doubles teams who qualified for the CIF Finals last week. “Sinaia Haskal qualified as an at-large entry in singles and had a tough draw in the opening round, playing the No. 1 singles player from Torrey Pines. She battled but lost 6-0. Elsa Ostermarker began her tournament playing the No. 1 player from Point Loma and Elsa emerged with a win in a third set tiebreaker 10-7. Then she crushed a girl from Valley Center 6-0, 6-1. Then she lost to the No. 3 seed, a girl who wound up in the Singles Finals 6-0 and 6-0.”

Moore continued his rundown of the doubles. “Kate Perley/Samantha Russell were a 17-20 seed and in the First Round the beat a team from Santana 6-4, 6-0. Then in the Second Round they defeated a team from Vincent Memorial 6-0 and 6-0. Then they drew the No. 1 team from La Jolla Country Day and lost 6-0 and 6-1 in the third round. The team of Ana De La Lama/Ellie Johnson lost to a team from San Marcos 3-6, 6-4 and then 10-5 in a tiebreaker. Olivia Strong/Lily Vu played into the third round and lost to the eventual doubles champions Emily Fowler/Lyna Fowler from Canyon Crest. The lost to them 6-2 and 6-1 and they got a crummy draw. That was probably their best match of the year. Alejandra Gonzalez/Marla Steel won their first round match against the No. 1 team from Steele Canyon, 6-0, 7-6. Then they played the No. 2 overall seeds from Westview and like Strong/Vu they probably had their best match of the year, losing 6-3, 6-2. They played their best and came off the court smiling. They just ran into a buzz saw. No one else took that many games off of that team, except Fowler/Fowler in the Finals. Teams that make the Round of 16 earn All-CIF Honorable Mention status, so Strong, Vu, Gonzalez and Steel earned that honor. This is the second year in a row that we qualified two singles players and four doubles teams, only two or three other teams in the CIF San Diego Section have done that.”

As for the team awards, the team Co-Captains this year were Ostermarker and Russell; the Coaches Awards went to De La Lama and Gonzalez; the Team MVP was Ostermarker and the ISF Award for Integrity, Sportsmanship and Friendship went to Gonzalez.

Moore said of the double award-winning Gonzalez, “No matter how it went for her that day, she cheered her teammates on and was friendly to her opponents. Alejandra won that award as a sophomore and now again as a senior. It’s a unique award and the most important award I give out. I always save that one to the last at the banquet.” Moore added the 13 players on the Varsity this season combined for a team grade point average of 3.85.

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