The Girls Tennis Team Looks forward to Another Successful Season
By: Matthew Leiva
The girls’ tennis team is looking forward to this upcoming season as the team brings in new leadership. Last year the Lady Minutemen had an impressive record comprised of 14 wins while losing six matches, winning the Olympic league with an undefeated record, and making it to the semifinals in CIF for division five. The girls’ tennis team has been coached by Arthur Hsieh, who has led the Minutemen to multiple Olympic league titles, undefeated Olympic league records, and some impressive runs in CIF including a CIF title in 2014. The Lady Minutemen’s season ended in the semifinals after a crushing defeat by Orange High School as they barely lost on game count. The Minutemen were ranked first in Division five throughout the final three weeks of the season. They also had their top two singles and doubles team placed first and second in the Olympic League individuals, which is when the top singles and doubles teams from the Olympic League face off.
This years team will look a bit different as they lost four seniors last year to graduation, including Angela Hsieh, who was the team’s number one singles player. They also graduated Maddie Hernandez, who played with Michael Wilkins for Maranatha’s number one doubles team. Even though the team has lost a lot of leadership, they look towards two of their juniors from last year to lead them. The team will rely on Malena Smith, and Michael Williams. Last year Malena Smith earned first team all Olympic league honors and placed second in the Olympic league individual’s tournament. Michael Williams also earned first team all Olympic team and placed first in doubles with her partner Maddie Hernandez in the Olympic league finals.
This year the team is blessed to have Maddison Kane join the team. Maddison Kane is currently a four-star player, ranked 151st nationally, and ranked 27th in California as a junior. The girl’s tennis team is hoping that Maddison Kane, Malena Smith and Michael Williams will be able to lead the Lady Minutemen to another successful season. The team is hoping to make another deep CIF run and could be able to do so as they have seven of their eleven players returning to the team. The Lady Minutemen started off their season yesterday, falling 9-9 in games (69-73) to a very solid Westridge team. Make sure to come out and cheer our ladies on.