Varsity Girls Tennis
Monta Vista 4, Menlo 3
Date of competition: Thursday, September 17, 2009
Monta Vista won the prestigious California High School Classic last weekend in Clovis while Menlo School finished seventh. On Thursday, it was a lot closer as the top-ranked Matadors had to scramble to hold off the Knights, 4-3, in a nonleague girls's tennis match in Cupertino.
"We were right there with the best team," said Menlo coach Bill Shine, who was enthusiastically proud of his team's performance despite the loss. "It was a fantastic match today."
Menlo (2-5) did have some opportunities, like when freshman Giannina Ong grabbed a 6-3 lead in the first set at No. 2 singles. Ong, however, had been battling an illness for a few days, Shine said, and finally succumbed in the second set while eventually dropping a 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 decision.
Senior Anjali Ranadive earned Menlo's only victory in singles, at No. 4, while the No. 2 doubles tandem of Laura Gradiska and Stephanie Carlisle won in three sets while the No. 3 team of Lauren Robinson and Caitlin Peltz also triumphed, 6-3, 6-1.
Menlo will continue its tough nonleague schedule by hosting St. Francis on Friday at 3:30 p.m.
At Monta Vista 4, Menlo 3
Singles -- Li (MV) d. Shermis, 6-3, 6-0; Kong (MV) d. Ong, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1; Kobayashi (MV) d. Heaney, 6-1, 6-1; Ranadive (M) d. Choy, 6-0, 6-3.
Doubles -- B. Kong-C. Kobayashi (MV) d. Matteson-Adams, 6-1, 7-5; Gradiska-Carlisle (M) d. Law-Lim, 7-5, 2-6, 6-2; Robison-Peltz (M) d. Nguyen-Gures, 6-3, 6-1.
Records: Menlo 2-5
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