George’s performance leads way for Lady Dog tennis

Alhambra senior Morgan Azevedo reaches out to return a shot on Sept. 12 at College Park in a match against the Falcons. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)
Alhambra senior Morgan Azevedo reaches out to return a shot on Sept. 12 at College Park in a match against the Falcons. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)
By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

The College Park girls tennis team took on the rival College Park Falcons for the second time this season on Monday afternoon.

The Falcons came out on top 7-2 in the Sept. 12, showdown, but as in their first meeting, the two teams weren’t separated by much of a margin.

There was some shifting in the lines for Alhambra, so an adjustment period is to be expected.

Callie Johnson, who was playing as the team’s number one for the first time, fell 0-6,0-6 to her opponent, Sophie deGroh. Morgan Azevedo, a second-year player, took the number two spot against the Falcons. She played hard and managed a few rallies against a very experienced player, but could not get an end result.

Sophie Hughes picked up the number three spot for the Bulldogs on Monday afternoon. The sophomore, who came up from playing doubles last season, had a long two set match with many long points but her opponent had the ability and the experience to close out the point. Hughes lost 2-6, 1-6.

In the number four slot, Caserra Alva lost 1-6, 0-6 after a successful week past. She hung in and played despite the deficit, but it was clear the College Park opponent had the upper hand.

Nicole Nelson picked up the pace in the number five spot. After a slow first set loss, she battled through one of the better played sets of the day.

“[Nelson was] having some difficulty with the pace of the match, but then warmed up and took the second set to 5-7,” Gallagher said of her player’s great comeback. [She made a] great adjustment to her opponent and the match a real ‘win’ for her so early in the season.”

Rachel George provided one of the lone bright spots on the afternoon with her win, the only one in singles play for the Bulldogs on the afternoon. Gallagher said George told her she wasn’t quite feeling “on her game”, but the coach was impressed with what she saw.

George won the first set by a score of 7-5, and then took the second by a margin a dominating of 6-1.
In doubles action, freshmen Katie Foerste and Julia Giannini played their first match at the number one spot and proved to their coach why they belong there. The duo ended up winning easily by mark of 6-2, 6-1.

Number two doubles team Brie Coria and Kelly Moran played well despite this beings their first time playing together. The duo ended up losing by the slim margin of 4-6, 4-6 in a very good match.

Number three doubles team Brianna Griffin and Maggie Avila played one of those matches that looked much closer than the score, according to coach Gallagher. Their were many great exchanges but in the end they lost 4-6, 2-6.

Alhambra’s tennis team took on Acalanes on Sept. 7, with the Dons sweeping the Dogs. But Once again Rachel George provided the bright spot for the Dogs. In a hard fought match the number six singles players narrowly lost 4-6, 6-6 (3-7) in a tiebreaker.

About Gerardo Recinos

Gerardo Recinos is a journalist currently living in Concord, Calif. He is a recent graduate of San Francisco State University, with a degree in Journalism (History minor). Gerardo covers sports throughout Martinez and Pleasant Hill. It's his lifelong mission to get people in the U.S. to stop calling football "soccer," and to call American football "handegg."

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