Varsity Girls Tennis

Homestead 5, Palo Alto 2

Date of competition: Thursday, September 17, 2009

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The Palo Alto girls' tennis team will be playing catchup the remainder of the SCVAL De Anza Division season following a 5-2 upset loss to visiting Homestead on Thursday. The Vikings (1-1, 5-3) had been expected to battle Monta Vista and Saratoga for league honors this season, but Homestead threw a big monkey wrench into those potential plans with its surprising victory.

All Paly coach Andy Harader could say was it was "a disappointing loss for us."

The Vikings' No. 1 singles player, junior Janet Liu, did not play for unspecified reasons. Liu, however, has been allowed to skip matches when the outcome isn't in doubt, like in Tuesday's 6-1 division-opening win over Lynbrook. On Thursday, however, Liu should have been in the lineup -- if she was healthy -- because the Vikings lost three of four singles matches, a team strength this season.

Sophie Biffar and Gracie Dulik each went to three sets at No. 3 and 4 singles, respectively, while losing. Paly, in fact, won the first set in two matches before losing both. Only Mira Khanna at No. 2 singles and the team of Emily Efland and Margo Gerould at No. 2 doubles were able to pull out victories.

SCVAL De Anza Division
Homestead 5, at Palo Alto 2
Singles -- Cheng (H) d. Martin, 6-4, 6-4; Khanna (PA) d. Prestin, 7-5, 6-1; Demonts (H) d. Biffar, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2; Stepanov (H) d. Dulik, 5-7, 6-0, 6-1.
Doubles -- Sato-Kim (H) d. Mah-Koepnick, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4); Efland-Gerould (PA) d. Bui-Stoy, 6-2, 0-6, 6-3; Saturi-Shaig (H) d. Ke-Yeung, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1.
Records: Palo Alto 1-1 (5-3)

posted by Palo Alto Online on Sep 18, 2009 at 9:01 am

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