Bulldog tennis opens up new league with a pair of wins

By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

Alhambra’s girls tennis team got off to the best possible start the could have in Diablo Athletic League play on Sept. 22, with a big win.

The Bulldog girls swept straight sets from Mt. Diablo-Concord in the league opener at home and got off to a solid start in their new league.

At number one singles, Callie Johnson had a bit of a tough start to her match after playing so many hard hitting opponents in pre season and also last year. The slow pace of the match was a difficult adjustment for Johnson, and made for a back and forth match. She would end up winning the first set 7-5.

But in the second set she settled in and easily won 6-2. “It is not always that easy to play the soft game,” coach Sarah Gallagher said.

At number two singles, Morgan Azevedo won her match 6-0, 6-1, a great win for the senior.

Number three singles player Sophie Hughes also won 6-1, 6-0. She was hitting the ball quite well, and according to Gallagher, directing her shots away from her opponent and was in command of the match from the start.

Number four singles player Caserra Alva also won easily 6-0, 6-0.

Number five singles player Nicole Nelson won 6-1, 6-0 in yet another easy match for the Bulldogs.

“A great start for Nicole who is a solid player who has had some tough losses lately,” Gallagher said. “This should build her confidence.”

Number six singles player Rachel George played through a really tough competitor. Gallagher complimented George on her game and her ability to persevere and not give up. She won 6-0, 6-0 . A well deserved win

In doubles action, number one duo of freshmen Katie Foerste and Julia Giannini had a similar experience as that of the number one singles player, Johnson.

Foerste and Giannini had trouble coping with the slower pace of the game . They were down in the first 0-3  but came back to win 6-3, 6-1. “They have played some really tough opponents with College Park, Pittsburg and Acalanes, winning two and losing to Acalanes,” said Gallagher, counting the win against Mt. Diablo as a key win for a young doubles team which will challenge for some singles spots in the future.

Number two doubles pair Brie Coria and Sam McGinley won 6-0, 6-1, and number three doubles team Brianna Griffin and Maggie Avila won 6-1, 6-1. The first year varsity pair got the result to solidify the great day at the courts for the Bulldogs.

Alhambra will took on Concord on Sept. 27, and beat the Minutemen 7-2 for their second league win.

Highlights from that win included wins from Moran, who stepped up to fill in for a sick teammate and won 6-2, 6-1, and a three-set win from Alva. Johnson and George won in their matches, as did all three doubles pairs that took on the Minutemen in the second DAL match.

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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