By GERARDO RECINOS
Alhambra’s Lady Bulldog tennis team is in the middle of their toughest stretch of the 2015 season, and was caught by a good Campolindo team that outplayed them 9-0 on Tuesday afternoon.
Campo always boasts a good team, but Coach Sarah Gallagher was able to pull out some positives from an otherwise bleak day on the courts.
Number one singles player Katie Hoffman played a good match with seasoned number one from Campolindo, Hannah Ross. The match had some long rallies and some good points from both players, but in the end it was the Campo player who could put away her points in the end. Hoffman lost by a score of 0-6, 0-6.
For the second match in a row, number two singles player Johanna De Brauwere had the longest match of the day. “She was hitting hard and fairly even with her opponent,” Gallagher would say after the match.
“[Johanna had] some great placement shots as well as some good recovery shots,” the Bulldog coach said. “After several deuce games Johana could not hold and lost 1-6, 1-6.”
At number three in the singles ranks, Veronika Olson played another tough hard hitting opponent. “She had some really good shots and fought to stay in the match, playing quite well,” Gallagher said. “However not well enough for Campo today.” Olson lost by a score of 0-6,1-6.
At number four singles, Callie Johnson looked like a force against her opponent, and played one of the tighter games on the afternoon. Johnson tried to work the angles and placement shots as well as hitting through the ball. Her effort however was not quite enough for the more experienced player from Campo. She too lost by a score of 1-6, 1-6.
At number five singles, Ava Garashasbi, played a hard hitting player with a spot on serve. She battled as usual but lost 1-6, 1-6, according to the Alhambra coach.
At number six singles, Caserra Nunez really put up a fight using her court smarts to play her opponent by putting the ball where her opponent was not. Her strategy worked the first set, and she recorded the most games won of any other player, even though she lost 3-6. In the second set her opponent adjusted and won 6-0.
In doubles action, number one team Nicole Nelson and Brie Coria-Lopez played a very tough , experienced team and gave it their best despite the fact it was not their best day. “They did not give up but lost 0-6, 0-6,” Gallagher said.
Number two doubles team was a pair of new partners in Victoria Orozco and Sarah Cass. The two still weren’t familiar with each other on the court and also lost 0-6, 0-6.
At number three doubles Marina Perez and her new partner Mimi Vo played tough and kept in every point, but lost 1-6, 1-6.
The Bulldogs hosted the Acalanes Dons on Thursday afternoon, after Tribune deadline.