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Alhambra number five singles player Ava Garashabi goes down the line high-fiving teammates before the Bulldogs’ match against the Miramonte Matadors on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. (TOD FIERNER / Courtesy)
Alhambra number five singles player Ava Garashabi goes down the line high-fiving teammates before the Bulldogs’ match against the Miramonte Matadors on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. (TOD FIERNER / Courtesy)

By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

Alhambra’s Lady Bulldog tennis team had a much improved match-up the second time around with the Miramonte Matadors on Tuesday, Oct. 13, but still lost 0-9 despite some well played tennis.

At the number one singles spot, Katie Hoffmann played a very good match with many long points and great rallies.

“It was difficult to tell just by watching who was winning the match,” said Coach Sarah Gallagher. “Katie was always so calm, even and focused. She never shows frustration or lack of confidence.”

Hoffman hung tough with one of the tougher number one players in this league, eventually losing 2-6, 4-6.

“A very respectable score for the number one position,” Gallagher said after the match.

At number two doubles, Johana DeBrauwere had an incredible match with Zoe Bommarito, who had a wicked serve that spun as it hit the court making it difficult to return, which allowed her to dominate the service game.

Debrauwere lost the first set 4-6, then she made an adjustment in returning serves, and was able to break serve and rally. Both players were evenly matched with great ground strokes and focus as they battled in the second set with Debrauwere winning 7-5. In the tie breaker (Debrauwere’s second of the season in league play). The pressure was too much and she lost 3-10.

“It takes experience to win a tie breaker and Johana was ‘out-experienced’ today, but she fought hard until the very end,” her coach said.

At number three singles, Veronika Olson worked well hitting her hard forehand and playing to win, despite playing with a borrowed racket due to a break (not an easy adjustment to make). She took the loss at 2-6, 0-6.

Callie Johnson, who has been solid at number four singles, had a rough day out on Tuesday, losing 0-6, 0-6. “Not her best day,” said Gallagher. “I have seen her play much better, but she was not feeling well and it was hot and sometimes that is just tennis. She did her best, she fought back, she never gave up, but it just was not her day today.”

At number five singles, Ava Garashabi had a very good match despite the score. She had some great rallies, some very good shot selections. “She had some of the longest rallies today and looked so good. Her stokes were as polished as her opponent. But as always the added years of experience rule out,” Gallagher said.

Caserra Nunez played smart tennis at number six singles. She put the ball where her opponent wasn’t, not allowing her to win points and games. It was effective to a point, but she still lost to her more experienced opponent, 4-6, 1-6.

In doubles action, number one duo Nicole Nelson and Brie Coria also did not have their best day on the courts. “I have watched them play much better, but they never gave up, tried to come back and fought until the end,” Gallagher said.

Victoria Orozca and Sarah Cass had a very long match at the number two doubles position. Initially the match looked like it was going the distance – that is how close it looked. But they lost 3-6, 2-6.

Danielle Dittman and Sophia Hughes came up from junior varsity to varsity, and have shown they are here for a reason. They have played some very close matches and did well.  They started out slow, losing the first set 0-6, but the second set they rallied back from 1-4 to bring it to 6-6. They lost 6-7, but it was a great come back.

The Bulldog women took on the Dublin Gaels on Thursday, Oct. 15, after Tribune deadline.

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