La Cañada Defeats South Pasadena, 14-4

First published in the Sept. 30 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

La Cañada High School’s varsity girls’ tennis team cruised to a 14-4 Rio Hondo League victory against visiting South Pasadena on Tuesday afternoon. Six Spartans earned sweeps en route to their second league victory of the season.
LCHS’ No. 1 singles player, Maya Urata, was immaculate, winning each of her sets, 6-0, against Tigers Talia Yoo, Kyra Campbell and Claire Chen. La Cañada’s No. 2 singles player, Maren Urata, won sets against the same opponents by scores of 6-0, 6-1 and 6-0, respectively. South Pasadena’s Campbell and Chen earned 6-1 and 6-3 wins, respectively, over La Cañada’s Nicole Sorensen.
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Highly-Ranked Bulldogs Win Rivalry Match Against Bears

First published in the Sept. 25 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Photo by Nathan Cambridge / Burbank Leader
Sydney Lin and Brianna Khobramasihi swept their doubles opponents and helped Burbank come away with a 13-5 win over rival Burroughs on Thursday.

Burroughs and Burbank High share a city, and it was time to share the court as the Bulldogs traveled across town for a matchup in girls’ tennis.
It was Burbank High that came away with city bragging rights, dispatching the host Bears 13-5 in Pacific League play on the hard courts at Burroughs on Thursday afternoon.
Burbank (5-1 overall record, 4-1 in league) had two sweeps in singles play and one in doubles to lead the way for the Bulldogs, who entered the match ranked No. 2 in the CIF-SS Division III poll.
“I think our singles played well; I think our doubles played well,” Burbank coach Loi Phan said. “Overall, it was good.” Continue reading “Highly-Ranked Bulldogs Win Rivalry Match Against Bears”

Nitros’ Doubles Teams Help Defeat Tornados, 12-6

First published in the Sept. 25 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

The Glendale High School girls’ varsity tennis team emerged victorious in a league match over visiting Hoover, 12-6, on Thursday, Sept. 23, primarily due to the Nitros’ nearly perfect doubles teams’ performance.
“We’ve been working hard with the doubles teams in practice, and we’re trying to be more aggressive on our volleys,” said Jim Jenks, Glendale’s head coach. “Good things happened today.”
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Spartans Holding Their Own in Open Division

Photo by Mitch Lehman / Outlook Valley Sun
Coach Will Moravec credited the spirited play of Maya Urata, above, for the Spartans’ CIF Open Division first-round win over Mira Costa High of Manhattan Beach.

Anyone who thought the La Cañada High School’s girls’ tennis team would be derailed after losing a tough Rio Hondo League title match to San Marino better think again. 

Not only have the Spartans survived, they have since thrived, to the point of defeating perennial powerhouse Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach in the first round of the CIF playoffs.  Continue reading “Spartans Holding Their Own in Open Division”

Titans Must Double Up This Season to Succeed

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The San Marino High School varsity girls’ tennis team opened the season with a 10-8 victory over visiting Valencia on Monday. The local squad includes includes Dahyls Ang, Hannah Ang, Elisabeth Carter, Elizabeth Chang, Kayla Chen, Joanne Chien, Ariana Harvey, Katie Kirkendall, Anessa Lee, Sophia Lee, Sabrina Lieu, Jackie Lu, Alyssa Luff, Caitlin Nguyen and Erina Widjaja.

With nine consecutive Rio Hondo League championships, the San Marino High School varsity girls’ tennis program is among the best in the entire CIF Southern Section.
The Titans have produced some of the best singles players in the area in that time, but that won’t be the narrative this year. Head coach Melwin Pereira and his squad began the season in unfamiliar territory. Continue reading “Titans Must Double Up This Season to Succeed”