On September 10, Mark Keppel High School’s Girls Varsity Tennis team played their first home game against Diamond Bar’s team. After three sets, each set of six matches, and six courts being played altogether, the exhausting heat-filled game ended with the Mark Keppel Girls Varsity Tennis team winning their first game of the preseason. As the first set passed, at an even 3-3.
Afterwards, the second set ended with Mark Keppel in the lead with 8-4. The final score was 11-7, leaving the team with their first win out of four games. Junior Ariana Acuff, one of the two returning varsity players, had won all three sets, with Emily Castelazo as playing the last set.
After playing the game, senior Mika Miyagi, one of the captains of the girls tennis team, said “I feel proud and very encouraged by our team. The first Varsity win of preseason was very exciting to experience”.
“I think we could still have practiced more to be better prepared,” said Miyagi after being asked, “What are some things the team could’ve done better prepare for the season.” The team had to struggle with practicing less due to the resurfacing of the tennis courts that finished late during the summer.
Mike Ten, the head coach of the boys and girls tennis team, had said that one of their flaws would be, “All new girls, they’re all new”, explaining how most of the team were in junior varsity level last year. “Varsity level is a whole new league,” and had said how it would be challenging but fun to see how they do this year. The girls tennis varsity team has about two more weeks and four more games before preseason ends and season begins.
The current standing for their preseason score is 2-5, after losing their most recent game against Polytechnic School, 5-13.