The Yucaipa High School girls tennis team has gotten off to a great start to the season. In doing so the team has already locked up a CIF playoff spot. The team still has two weeks left in the regular season but has done enough in the first round of league matches that the team will be moving on again this year. The team is 6-1 in league and is 12-2 overall. Coach Scott Salinas said, “The CBL league has some very good players and each match has been very competitive.”
The girls continue to work hard and seeing how close they are with each other on and off the court has really helped the team be so supportive of each other. Coach Salinas was complementary of the varsity subs as well as the JV players who walk around all of the different courts supporting and cheering on the players.
Senior varsity doubles team of Brielle Lara and Sierra Dosey have been leading the way this season and pulled off the 3-0 sweep of Citrus Valley last week to help secure the team’s 12-6 victory. All three of the singles players, Juniors Marcie Britain, Sharon Chu, and Catherine Carrizco each won two out of three sets.
Assistant Coach Pergler who works closely with the singles players said, “All three of these girls work hard each and every day at practice and will fight for every point during the match.” Also, in doubles play the team of senior Lilly Roberson and sophomore Paige Mead continue to grow each and every match and can beat anyone on any given day. The other starting team is composed of sophomore Jordyn Turner and junior Anne Elise Hogue who are both playing varsity for the first year. Turner is realizing the different pace of the ball when playing varsity matches compared to junior varsity matches and her confidence continues to soar. Hogue is a transfer from Alabama and is still adjusting to her move as well as learning how to play doubles the way the teams at Yucaipa play, which is different than a traditional doubles player.
The team had a match against Redlands East Valley earlier in the week and the results were not known as of this article. When the teams played two weeks ago, YHS pulled out to an early 5-1 lead and was able to hold off the Wildcats with a 12-6 victory. YHS was able to sub for a varsity singles match and sophomore Karla Moreno pulled off a hard fought 6-4 victory to notch her first varsity win. In other CBL matches this year, the team has played Carter twice with wins of 14-4 and 15-3. Fortunately, enough, the team was able to use all 25 players to get in at least one varsity set.
The experience the JV players get from playing varsity matches is going to go a long way to the future of the team. The team has played Cajon and pulled out an 11-7 victory. The lone league loss was to Redlands High School by a score of 12-6. The teams will play next week to wrap up league play before the CBL individual tournament followed by the CIF team playoffs.