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Alhambra Girls Tennis succeeds against Berean

Alhambra freshman Julia Giannini is one half of the duo that’s won every single match they’ve played in the Diablo Athletic League this season. Her partner, Katie Foerste is also a freshman. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)
Alhambra freshman Julia Giannini is one half of the duo that’s won every single match they’ve played in the Diablo Athletic League this season. Her partner, Katie Foerste is also a freshman. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)
By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

The Alhambra girls’ tennis team got back to its winning ways on a breezy Tuesday afternoon when they took on Berean Christian.

The Oct. 18, win went 7-2 in favor of the Bulldogs, leaving Alhambra with a season sweep of the Eagles from Walnut Creek.

Number one singles player Callie Johnson lost to a strong player 0-6, 0-6. “Just a tough day but Callie always plays to win,” coach Sarah Gallagher said of her number one.

Right behind her Morgan Azevedo played one of her best matches of the season in the number two singles spot. Azevedo was hitting the ball very well and playing very aggressively. She was hitting both cross-court shots and coming up to put the ball away. She looked in command during the first set winning 6-4. In the second set she lost 4-6. In the match-deciding tie breaker she battled hard. According to Gallagher there was a bit of confusion mostly caused by the spectators “helping” with the score.

“She [Azevedo] seemed to lose track of the tie break and ended up losing 7-10, but (it was) a great effort and match,” Gallagher said.

Number three singles player Sophie Hughes never looked in doubt of a win on Tuesday. She overcame a bit of nerves knowing her opponent played in the number two singles spot in the two teams’ last meeting, according to Gallagher. But Hughes came together to win strongly 6-2, 6-1, looking confident and in control.

At number four singles, Caserra Alva made her win a bit quicker and more decisive than the first time around against the same opponent. Alva won 6-3, 6-3 in commanding style.

Number five singles player Nicole Nelson also played the same opponent as last meeting. Nelson was on the losing side the first time, but was solid and confident playing the kind of tennis she is so capable of in the second match. Nelson would end up winning 6-1, 6-1 in a great effort.

Rachel George got off to a rocky start in her match in the number six slot. George started off looking like she would lose the first set, but as Gallagher says, “Rachel is a ‘never give in’ player.”

George forced a come back from a 1-4 in the first set to win 6-6 (7-5 tie break). Her effort was huge, as she then came back and took the second set 6-0 to win the match.

The number one doubles duo of freshmen Katie Foerste and Julia Giannini continued their brilliant undefeated season by winning 6-0, 6-2.

Sam McGinley and Bri Coria, the second doubles team, also continue to improve and become a force in the league. They beat their opponents by a mark of 6-1, 6-2.

Number three doubles pair Phoebe Tang and Rachel Swaigen also have become quite a team, according to their coach, who called them “such a complimentary pair.”

They won easily by a score of 6-1, 6-1.

The Bulldog girls take on Ygnacio Valley on Thursday Oct. 20, after Tribune deadline before a big clash against Clayton Valley on Oct. 25, which would decide the league title.

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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