Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Maranatha High School
Immaculate Heart High School
After losing 4 of their top 5 players from last season’s CIF semi-final squad, the Lady Minutemen (0-3) are in rebuilding mode as they field a young and inexperienced team. To start the 2016 campaign, they have faced stiff non-league competition and have taken it on the chin, losing matches badly. The challenge will be to see if they are able to use these tough non-league matches to toughen them up and prepare them for their Olympic League matches, which begin in two weeks.
Junior, Angela Hsieh, continued to adjust to her role at the #1 singles spot, improving with each match and building upon a somewhat slow start to her season. She began playing her best tennis of the season towards the end of her second set loss; that momentum carried over to her third set, which she won, 6-1.
Freshman, Malena Smith, also continued to show improved play, gutting out a tough 6-4 win in her second set. As she continues to improve her game management, she will be one to watch out for during the league season.
Playing without one of their top doubles players today, Maranatha fielded an adjusted doubles line-up, reuniting last year’s partners, Madelyn Hernandez and Reagan Atallah, at #1 doubles. They got off to a slow start, but began to gain steam in the second set, narrowly losing, 4-6. Down 2-3 in their final set, they hit their stride and won the final four games, winning 6-3.
The Lady Minutemen next face the Azusa Aztecs on 9/13.