March 31, 2021
RIVERSIDE: Oh, that Poly-King rivalry. Oh, that 18-0 shut out. Oh, that rebound from the frustrating defeat at the hands of Mater Dei 48 hours earlier.
All three categories are, on their own, enough to elicit a hearty “Oh my!” After all, who doesn’t love a rivalry? Who doesn’t love an 18-0 victory over said rival?
In this situation, Coach Becky Gagnon was less focused on the cross-town rivalry or the final score. What got Gagnon excited was the rebound her team had from what she called a “frustrating” loss to Mater Dei.
“The girls came roaring, or, howling back” she said with a smile, relieved, perhaps that the funk her girls played the Monarchs in didn’t transfer over to the match with the Bears.
King played Poly almost to complete perfection, if an 18-0 final score isn’t “perfect” enough. In total on the afternoon, only 4 individual games were given up by the King squad out of the 58 games played in Singles competition.
“It’s a new day” the coach said of how her team was able to move on from the sub-par play of Monday’s match.
That it is, but beating Poly 18-0 makes it a good day too.