Chardonnay Needler
Junior Jacqueline Chao shuffles to prepare a forehand swing. The opponent’s ball went out of bounds, and the point went to Country Day without having to be touched by Chao or her doubles partner, fellow junior Allison Zhang.

Opponent: Encina Preparatory High School

 

Location: Encina Preparatory

 

Date: March 8

 

Final scores: Senior Zihao Sui lost (0-6, 0-6), senior Nico Burns won (6-0, 6-0), junior Leo Eisner de Eisenhof won (6-0, 6-0), senior Lily Brown and junior Chardonnay Needler won (10-3) and juniors Allison Zhang and Jacqueline Chao won (10-6).

 

Inside info per Brown: “Chardonnay and I are both really good at communicating, so that helped us remain confident throughout the match. We also encourage each other a lot and try not to get too intimidated by our opponents.

“I think we should work on our volleys and serves, (but) besides that we make a good team!”

 

Inside info per Zhang: “Jacqueline and I were really consistent about our serves and returning the ball. Even though she hadn’t played for (about) a year, once we got warmed up and got into the game, we worked together well.

“At first I didn’t think we’d be able to win because we hadn’t played together and it was the first match that I was able to go to, but we managed to tie the score up to 6-6 and then we won the next four games.”

 

Next match: Tuesday, March 13, against Bradshaw Christian at 2:30 p.m. at Rio Del Oro.

—By Sarina Rye

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