Country Day’s tennis team secured a 7-2 victory against Highlands High School at Rio Del Oro Sports Club on March 24.
Coach Jamie Nelson was pleased and described the team’s performance as “very strong” in their second victory against Highlands this season.
The team was successful in both girls and boys singles, with freshman Henry Wilson (6-0, 6-0), sophomore Delsyn Beaton (6-2, 6-3), and seniors Tina Huang (6-3, 6-2) and co-captain Vanessa Escobar (6-2, 6-1) all winning in the first two sets.
Escobar, who has been looking to add power to her serve since the start of the season, didn’t lose any points through double-faulting, which is missing serves.
“I played No. 1 singles and my serves are really improving,” Escobar said.
Nelson praised Huang, who succeeded in her rematch against Highlands after suffering a loss earlier in the season.
Huang tried to capitalize on her opponents weaknesses, she said. Accordingly, Huang targeted high shots, and shots that would force her opponent to use backhand strokes.
“I was really mad and I had to win it back.”
In addition to singles, the team won the majority of its games in doubles.
In girls doubles, freshman Ashley Lattyak and senior Sanjana Anand won 10-3, and juniors Cecilia Wilson and Samhita Kumar won 10-2.
Wilson, who played No. 2 girls doubles, said she had strong communication with her teammate, Kumar.
“We’re friends so we understand each other and what’s going on well,” Wilson said.
Nelson said that the team improved on some of their weaknesses, but still has work to do in mixed and boys doubles.
In mixed doubles, freshman Andrew Burr and senior Tarika Brar lost 6-10. In boys doubles, sophomores Ishaan Sekhon and Luke Scripps lost 7-10, but sophomore Liam Kaschner and senior Dylan Margolis won 10-2.
Margolis, a first-timer on the tennis team this season, hopes to improve on his skills in the following games.
“I’m still a novice,” Margolis said, “But as I play, I get a better understanding of what’s going on and the pace of the game.”
Overall, the team had a pretty strong performance in an important match, Nelson said.
The tennis team will play their next home game against Golden Sierra at Rio Del Oro Sports Club on April 5.
— By Saheb Gulati