RIVERSIDE: Coach Gagnon’s first two tennis matches of 2016 were against two of the toughest opponents that the team will face until CIF. On Tuesday it was Troy of Fullerton, on Thursday at the home opener, the King team lost to Murrieta Valley by a score of 5-13. The Nighthawks are coming off three straight CIF Finals appearances and the Press Enterprise referred to the squad as “the standard-bearers of the Inland Empire.”
King’s tough early season opponents was an intentional strategy but one that also has the team 0-2 at the outset.
“In the big picture, this is OK, as we need to just take away the lessons we’ve learned and make losing the battle a path toward winning the war” Coach Becky Gagnon remarked. “Murrieta Valley played better than us today, but we lost with graciousness,” she said.
One area of improvement that pleased the veteran coach was the mental fortitude that a number of players exhibited, improving even on that trait from the the last match against Troy High School.
Faith Dimicco and Simi Desar were again exemplary in their doubles play.
The Ladies Tennis team resumes home play against Chaparral on September 6 at 3:15 PM.
Both Murrieta Valley and King were written about in the Press Enterprise regarding their CIF rivalry and challenge. You can read that here