RIVERSIDE: Mater Dei, the parochial Orange County school is a power at just about any sport they field, and tennis is no exception. Their appellation of “Monarch” is a fitting one given their athletic prowess and perennial success.
The girls from King discovered that first hand in a lopsided defeat, 5-13.
Coach Becky Gagnon was frustrated by the outcome, especially in light of how well her team has played all season.
“Very disappointed … today’s performance (by the Wolves) fell so very short of the collected ability and potential that is found in this group of players.”
For whatever reason, there seemed to be a lack of confidence on King’s side of the net and Gagnon sensed a paucity of determination.
“We knew that Mater Dei would challenge us and I expected that challenge would cause us to bring our best game.”
It wasn’t to be on this day.
But typical of Gagnon’s approach to life and to coaching she immediately turned her gaze on the “new day.”
“Tomorrow is a new day that allows the team to move on and leave a ‘bad day’ of play behind. ‘Bad days’ remind us that we can always improve and make changes to create more successful outcomes. We are not ‘stuck’….we have a choice to learn from those backward steps and strive to move forward with steps that outnumber those occasional setbacks. I am looking forward to a new day with many more forward steps.”