After having a strong season in girls tennis, Granite Hills High School was prepared to defend their territory against Strathmore High School on Tuesday, Oct. 16.
They were ready to play the best team in the East Sequoia League, coming on the courts with positive attitudes.
The tennis team played they’re ESL rival, Strathmore, who had the most impressive record in the league, with only one loss. Unfortunately the Grizzlies were unable to come up with the win, the final score being 7-2.
It was a learning experience for Granite Hills playing against Strathmore, entering this new league.
“I believe we all psyched ourselves before the game even started which only made us suffer even more,” said varsity player Christina Medina, “We all have the potential to beat Strathmore, yet we let our fear get in the way of playing like usual.”
Although the Grizzlies fell short, coach Randy Smee is very proud of his team and their effort to compete against one of the best teams in the league.
“The girls tennis team has had a great season and I am proud of the perseverance they have shown playing a very tough school. I could not be any more proud of their performance,” said Smee.
On top of playing a difficult team, Granite Hills was missing a player and was forced to move up a spot in both singles and doubles matches.
“We played against a very tough team and I am proud of my team who tried very hard and had some very tough matches. I had a very tough match, but it was a very satisfying win,” said varsity player Mayra Puente.
Even though the girls did not come out with the win, they played very well, proving their strength as a team.
The Grizzly girls’ tennis team will have the ESL on Granite Hills’ home courts Friday, Oct. 19 to finish the season.