A swing and a miss


Varsity captain Tate Stensby. Photo by Malena Buffagni

In their last game before Bay League Tournament, girls tennis lost to Mira Costa 1-17.

Tennis kept spirits up as they faced the Mustangs.

“We played well, but Costa is tough competition,” varsity player Mia Polun said.

Known for their strong, experienced players- many who have had private instruction since early childhood, Mira Costa is a difficult team to play. In addition to their highly skilled players, Costa had home court advantage, giving them the benefit of familiarity with the court.

Even though the girls were at a disadvantage, they stayed positive and focused.

“We had good spirits throughout the match. We kept each other motivated and pushed through,” varsity captain, Tate Stensby, said.

The next game they play is the Bay League Tournament this week. There, the leading players of each team, Peninsula, Mira Costa, Redondo, Palos Verdes, and Leuzinger, go head to head for the Bay League title. This year, varsity players Bailey Thompson and Chihiro Fukui are playing singles. Aimee Grijalva, one of the team’s top singles players, will be absent from the tournament due to a shoulder injury. Varsity doubles pairs Annabelle Kolb and Katie Rusalov, as well as Jenna Tripoli and Rebecca Bloch will be playing.