VPS racket girls
fall prey to Saxons
By Misty Volaski
For the past 20 years, Cate High
School has dominated Condor League girls' tennis, taking first
since 1983. Villanova's girls finally managed an upset in 2003,
taking the league title from Cate during one of the Wildcats'
last regular-season games. The girls made history, both by besting
Cate and by giving the school its first-ever league championship.
In the CIF postseason, Villanova (13-3) has thus far bested Whittier
(No. 2 Del Rio League) by a score of 11-7, but lost and North
Torrance (No. 2 Ocean League), 10-8, to end the Wildcats' playoff
Against Whittier, Villanova's Fernanda Zapata and doubles team
Sarah Roussin and Ariana Lujan all swept their sets. Zapata clinched
the win for VPS with a third-round victory over Cardinal Valerie
Other notables of the day included 'Cats Alexandra Gibbs and
Jessica Campbell. The girls came back from a 1-5 deficit to win
six straight games for a 7-5 win.
However, Villanova's berth in the play-offs was cut short in
the second-round match by North Torrance, who ousted VPS by a
"We were confident going into the match," VPs head
coach Brian Grisin said. "The exciting win against Cate
the week prior put us into the right mental framework for the
But North Torrance preyed on the VPS doubles girls, pounding
them with eight wins to 'Nova's two (by Lujan and Roussin), making
it almost impossible for the Wildcats to catch up.
But the girls came close, with both Zapata and Lauren Sims sweeping
their singles matches.
In the final set of the day, Niamh Daly and Sophia Miles were
down 1-5 against Breanna Anderson and Sandra Troung Ngoc. The
Wildcats made a valiant comeback to tie it at five-all. Despite
all the goods Villanova could dish out, North Torrance pulled
out the tightly contested match, 7-5, to clinch the second round
Villanova will be sending Sims and Zapata for CIF Individuals,
and Lujan and Roussin for CIF Doubles. Zapata and Sims, along
with No. 3 singles player Niki Blumberg, were key in the Condor
League success this season. They posted a combined 48-5 record
against their league opponents (Zapata, 16-2, Sims, 16-1 and
"(Zapata) motivated and gave helpful tips and insights to
other players on the team," said Grisin. And, despite her
ankle injury, Sims continued throughout the season. "There
is no doubt we couldn't have gotten this far without her,"
"As a coach, I am not only proud of our accomplishments,
but also the way we achieved our goals," added Grisin. "We
played with a high level of sportsmanship and pride for our school.
I couldn't be prouder of our girls, both as tennis players and
as classy individuals."
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