'Cat racket girls put up
first league banner
By Misty Volaski
Villanova's girls' tennis team
made school history last week with their victory over Cate school,
giving the team their first-ever Condor League title.
"The girls struggled early in the match," said Villanova
coach Grian Grisin, "but dug deep and found a way to win
as a team. It was truly a team victory against a tough Cate squad."
Fernanda Zapata worked her usual magic on the court, sweeping
her sets 6-2, 6-0, 7-5, while doubles partners Sarah Roussin
and Ariana Lujan won two of their three. Zapata has won 24 of
the last 26 sets she has played, losing only to Nordhoff's Emily
Johnston and Sara Brinker of Laguna Blanca.
Villanova (11-3, 6-0) was down by two after the first round robin,
but tied it up in the second and was able to finish the match
with a victory over Cate, 10-7, for the Condor League title.
The girls' last two games also proved instrumental in winning
league. Against both Laguna Blanca (0-11) and Bishop Diego (0-5),
the Lady Wildcats won, 14-4. Though they were without No. 1
singles player Lauren Sims, VPS topped BDHS, 14-4. Zapata swept
her singles matches, and Jessica Campbell and Katie Austin swept
their doubles sets. Zapata bested Haley Nielsen in this match,
6-2, to avenge her early-season loss to Nielsen, 7-6.
Laguna Blanca also wasn't much of a problem for the 'Cats. Niki
Blumberg and Lauren Sims swept their sets on the singles side
while Roussin and Lujan topped all of theirs for the VPS doubles.
Blumberg is 15-0 in her Condor League matches this year.
"They earned the league championship through hard work and
dedication," enthused Grisin. " I am extremely proud
of their effort and commitment this season."
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