Freshman Vanessa Escobar returns a shot during a doubles match with freshman Tina Huang. The girls won 10-1. (Photo by Arikta Trivedi)

Tennis team beats Encina’s girls-only squad

The tennis team beat Encina 6-1 on April 9 at Rio Del Oro to improve to 3-3.

Only four matches were contested, however, as Encina’s small team forfeited three points, according to Country Day coach Jamie Nelson. The Bulldogs played with only girls.

In singles, senior Michaela Chen won 6-1, 6-0, and freshman Sanjana Anand triumphed 6-1, 6-3.

Chen commented on her improvement since the beginning of the season.

“I could feel the difference in my forehand because my control was better,” she said.

Freshman Vanessa Escobar, who won 10-1 in doubles with freshman Tina Huang, said encouraging each other is helpful during hard matches.

“We always play really well together because of our communication and friendship,” Escobar said.

Escobar added that while her volleys and those of Huang could be improved, the match went well because the duo was familiar with Encina.

“We’ve played them before, so we knew what they were good at and what they weren’t,” she said.

Freshman Amanda Reese, who fell 10-6 in doubles with senior Allison Zhang, said the wind created a challenge.

“The wind would either blow the ball back when we hit it or shoot it forward, so adjusting to that was really difficult,” she said.

Reese said since she and Zhang had never played together, more practice will help them improve as a team.

While Zhang has been on the team for four years, this is her first time playing this season due to recent jaw surgery.

“It was good to see Allison back on the court,” Nelson said.

The team’s next match is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, at Highlands at 4 p.m.

By Sarina Rye

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