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Islander Girls Tennis Team Runs Record To 11-1

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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2019 2:37 pm

Several solid performances on the court by the Islander Girls Tennis Team yielded two more victories last week, including a 14-4 win over Cathedral Catholic and a 16-2 victory over the second best team in the Western League, Scripps Ranch. The Islanders are now 11-1 overall and 7-0 in the Western League. Head Coach Rob Moore said of his team’s victory over Cathedral, “We won eight of our nine doubles sets and we went 6-3 in singles.”

The highlight of the match and one of the better matches of the year featured Coronado’s No. 3 singles player Sinaia Haskal against the Lady Dons No. 1 player. Moore said, “Their No. 1 defeated our other two singles players 6-1 and 6-3. Sinaia is just a ball machine and she grinds. Before I knew it, she was down 5-4 with a match point against her. Their player double faulted three times, missed an overhead and the games were tied at 5-5. Sinai eventually lost 7-3 in the tiebreaker, but for a No. 3 player to play their No. 1 that close was spectacular. It was another late San Diego fall afternoon, it was the last set of the match and there were about 75 people in the stands. It was a great match and a thriller. She did so well and well-represented the team and the school. She just crushed it.”

Since the second round of Western League play is now underway, the teams are seeing each other for the second time. The first time around Coronado’s No. 1 singles player Elsa Ostermarker lost to the Falcons No. 1 player 6-4. This time Ostermarker reversed that result, which could become important when the Western League Playoff seeds are determined. “It was another great singles match,” Moore said. “Elsa is another grinder and she out-played their girl. She just kept getting the ball back.”

There is actually quite a bit of strategy in high school tennis and Moore is making sure all five of his doubles teams are provided the opportunity to be seeded in the playoffs. “On any given day, anyone can win,” Moore said of his doubles tandems. Olivia Strong/Lily Vu, who both had a slow start to their season, played the Scripps No. 1 and they won in a tiebreaker 8-6.”

Moore has 13 players on his team and most weeks they all play in the matches. The lineup at this point of the season includes Ostermarker, Tiana French and Haskal at singles slots 1-3. The doubles teams include Alejandra Gonzalez/Marla Steel at No. 1, Ellie Johnson/Ana de la Lama at No. 2, Samantha Russell/Kate Perley at No. 3, with Strong/Vu and Lauren Pettit/Jolee Barr helping to provide the team’s extraordinary depth.

This week the Islanders host Patrick Henry Tuesday and Thursday they travel to the Balboa Tennis Club to face the Academy of Our Lady of Peace. Both matches are set to begin at 3:30 p.m.

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