Alhambra’s tennis team ran into a tough match-up on Wednesday afternoon in a non-league scrimmage against the College Park Falcons. The Bulldogs recently beat Concord across the board in a scrimmage, and did the same against Mt. Diablo last week.
“We did not win, but the girls stepped up and played some great tennis,” said coach Sarah Gallagher. “And in comparing last year’s two matches with College Park, we fared much better this time around.”
Both of College Park’s top singles players went the distance for College Park last year in the singles matches in their league tournament, so Alhambra’s number one and two, Katie Hoffman and Callie Johnson, were always going to have a tough time.
“Katie played a very long match. One in which many of us thought was closer than the final score of 0-6, 1-6,” Gallagher said. “Katie is a very consistent player. She stays focused and keeps in every point.”
Johnson, who is new to the singles line-up after playing doubles in her first year out, matched up with a very tough left-handed player with very solid strokes and a good serve. Johnson’s opponent was College Park’s number one last year, according to Gallagher. Johnson lost 1-6, 1-6.
Veronika Olson played very well, according to her coach, after coming back from an illness that had her out for two days. “It was a fun match to watch,” Gallagher said of Olson’s losing effort in the 1-6, 3-6 result.
Johana DeBrauwere had the longest match of the day with a very consistent player from the Falcons. The match went three sets and had some long points and great rallies. DeBrauwere’s match could have gone either way. But ultimately she lost in a third set tiebreaker, 4-6, 6-2 and 8-10.
Caserra Nunez rounded out the singles action for Alhambra. Nunez is another first year singles player who went from from the number two doubles team with Johnson. “[Caserra] did a good job against a CP number one doubles player who beat us last year,” Gallagher said. Nunez lost 4-6, 3-6 .
In doubles action, number one doubles team Nicole Nelson and Brie Coria took on a seasoned doubles team but put up a good fight, losing 2-6, 2-6. Nelson is in her first year with the program, and Coria is in her second.
Victoria Orozco and Marina Perez lost 3- 6, 2-6 at number two doubles. Perez was on the JV team last year and is showing a lot of improvement, according to coach Gallagher.
Sarah Cass and Mimi Vo rounded out doubles play with a 1-6, 2-6, loss.
The Bulldogs will have some time to regroup before they play in a non-league match against the Pittsburg Pirates before they start their Diablo Foothill Athletic League schedule.