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Islander Girls Tennis Team Prepares For The Coming Season

Nado Natterings by David Axelson | Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2019 3:35 pm

Looking back one year, the Islander Girls Tennis Team was 13-2 last season, a mark which included Coronado going undefeated in the always-tough Western League. Their two losses were to Canyon Crest Academy in a tiebreaker after the teams tied 9-9 in sets won, and 11-7 to The Bishop’s School, with the matches played just six days apart. Coronado rode their fine record into the No. 3 seed in the CIF San Diego Open Division Team Playoffs.

Admittedly that was then, and this is now, but the Islanders under the direction of Head Coach Rob Moore, lost only one senior from last year’s team, although an important one in No. 1 singles player Summer Vu. But there are four seniors returning in 2019, with plenty of playing experience, and Vu the Younger, Lily Vu, is in the mix to take over her sister’s No. 1 singles slot.

Coach Moore said, “It’s early, and our tryouts don’t begin until Aug. 15, but we have basically the same team coming back, we’re pretty deep, and we anticipate another bang-up season. Competing for singles spots are Ana de la Lama, Tiana French, Elsa Ostermarker and Lily Vu. Our doubles roster includes Jolee Barr, Alejandra Gonzalez-Luna, Sinaia Haskal, Ellie Johnson, Samantha Russell, Marla Steele and Olivia Strong. Ten of our 12 girls who were on the team last year were All-CIF.”

The Western League has undergone a minor change in its lineup, which now includes Coronado, Cathedral Catholic, Patrick Henry, La Jolla, the Academy of Our Lady of Peace and Scripps Ranch. Long-time tennis powerhouse Point Loma went to the Eastern League and was replaced by Patrick Henry. In the six-team league, teams play the other member schools twice during the season.

As has been the case for the past several years under Coach Moore, the Islanders play a very competitive non-conference schedule starting Wednesday Aug. 28, when they play at San Dieguito Academy for their first regular season match. The following day, the Islanders host Westview. Other non-conference opponents include Vincent Memorial, Francis Parker, and Bishop’s. Coronado will play a total of 15 matches this year, before heading into the CIF Playoffs.

Moore discussed the tryouts and what was involved. “The long pole in the tent (I suspect that is a military-themed expression as Moore is a retired Navy Captain and former helicopter pilot) is the paperwork and the physical. The information can be found on the Islander Sports Foundation website. Tryouts will start Thursday, Aug. 15 and will run from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Every player must have a valid physical and their paperwork completed before they can participate in tryouts.”