RIVERSIDE: After opening the 2016 season falling to two of the toughest opponents of the season, the girls’ tennis team put together a full team effort on Tuesday to best the Pumas of Chaparral High School and move the Wolves into the win column.
“We saw some definite improvement in our mental endurance and ability to adjust to play situations” commented head coach Becky Gagnon. “It was a match in which the entire team stepped up and played well.” On an individual level, Rida Syed made her first varsity start and won two of her three matches.
Starting the season at 0-2 — regardless of the quality opponents King faced — was challenging, but on a pleasant afternoon on the home courts of King High, the ladies moved forward and seemed to apply the lessons they were given by the high-caliber programs of Troy and Murrieta Valley. Troy, Murrieta Valley and King all finished the 2015 season ranked in the top 10 of CIF-SS Division 2.
“I’m really proud of the way our girls bounced back after the challenging start to the season” Gagnon remarked. “They replaced negative thoughts with positive ones and the result was great performances!”
The next match for the Wolves will be September 8 against Vista Murrieta on the home courts of King High.