FULLERTON: Troy High School, located adjacent to Cal State Fullerton, is one of the area’s better tennis programs while the Ladies of King have been one of the top programs in the Inland Empire and a perennial power at the CIF level ever since the school was founded in 1999. The two programs squared off on Tuesday in what became a spirited and competitive match that saw Troy prevail 10-8.
Coach Becky Gagnon remarked that her team struggled on the mental side of the game against their very strong opponent, while physically her girls seemed to indicate their summer conditioning had prepared them well for a warm afternoon match up.
Emily Wang led the team in singles play, while Faith Demicco and Simi Desar earned top billing in doubles. An exciting development was seeing freshman Katie Lucius winning her first varsity singles game; a harbinger of more good things to come for the King program.
“We’re only going to get better” Coach Gagnon remarked. “It’s ‘Great to be King’, but in Division One (of CIF-SS) we have to be great” she said. “I was proud of my girls for being gracious in defeat to a very good Troy program.”
King has their home opener against Murrieta Valley on Thursday, September 1.