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Islander Girls Tennis Is Tearing Up The Western League, Ranked No. 3 In San Diego County

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Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 1:00 pm

Entering play this week, the Islander Girls Tennis Team has a pretty nifty overall record at 8-2, which includes a perfect 5-0 mark in the Western League, traditionally the toughest tennis circuit, for both Girls and Boys, in San Diego County. Coronado’s two losses this season are to the No. 1 team in the San Diego Section, the Bishop’s School, and to No. 2 Canyon Crest Academy. As Islander Head Coach Rob Moore said, “We barely lost to Bishop’s and we tied Canyon Crest only to lose on a tiebreaker.”

Last week the Islanders did their thing again, as they took to the road to earn a 14-4 victory over Scripps Ranch, and Thursday they defeated the Academy of Our Lady of Peace 15-3. “My stars in the Scripps Ranch match were the Vu sisters,” Moore said. “Our No. 1 player Summer Vu won her three sets 6-1, 6-1 and 6-4, while No. 3 Lily Vu won all three of her matches by the score of 6-4. And I would put Ana de la Lama in there too. I put her in the lineup and she beat their No. 3 singles player 6-4 and she played great. Those are the standouts for that match.”

Moore carries 12 players on the Varsity, and a high school tennis match requires a total of nine players. The one-sided matches thus far have provided Moore with the opportunity to substitute freely, which allows the entire squad to compete and gain valuable playing experience.

To that end, in the OLP match, Moore’s starting doubles lineup included Alejandra Gonzalez/Marla Steel at No. 1, Olivia Strong/Sanaia Haskal at No. 2 and Samantha Russell/Ellie Johnson at No. 3. Later in the match Tiana French, who has been recovering from arm soreness, teamed with Jolee Bar, and they defeated the OLP No. 1 doubles team. Elsa Ostermarker has been playing in the No. 2 singles slot while French returns to form.

Moore set up a match early last week against the local 4.5 Women’s Tennis Team captained by Dr. Debbie Fitzgerald. Moore said, “Debbie brought some gals who were 5.5 players. The high school varsity only won one match, but we had some close sets. We plan to play again on Columbus Day. Right now, we are ranked No. 3 in the Open Division, which means we will get a high seed and stay at home to play, but I don’t want my team to get over-confident. I have got to get them fired up.”

This week the Islanders host Cathedral Catholic Tuesday and Thursday they travel to La Jolla. Both matches are scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.

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