The San Luis Obispo High girls tennis team’s season came to an end Monday at the Claremont Tennis Club, as the Tigers fell in the CIF-Southern Section Division III championship match to top-seeded and undefeated San Marino, 12-6.
“Basically, going in we said, ‘We’ve been playing very well; they’re the No. 1 seed,’” Tigers coach Gary Etheredge said. “We wanted to make them prove to us that they were better. I was really impressed with the way we played. We competed very well. They were definitely the No. 1 seed in the division.”
San Luis Obispo fell behind 6-0 early.
The Tigers’ No. 1 singles player, sophomore Abigail Will, lost to Dorothy Tang 6-0 but rebounded with 6-2, 6-1 wins over Janney Lin and Michelle Gandawidjaja.
San Luis Obispo’s other singles wins came courtesy of fellow sophomore Tori Troesch, 6-1 over Kate Krauss, and Kristy Kayatta, 6-1 over Gandawidjaja.
In doubles, the Tigers’ top tandem of Alex Coffman and Lili Voisinet dispatched Crystal Yang and Kathy Chang 6-1, and their No. 2 duo, Maddie Hansen and Coreen Owens, defeated Yang and Chang, as well, 6-3.It was the fourth match in a row away from home for San Luis Obispo, which finished 20-2.
“Certainly, it has been a tremendous ride for us,” Etheredge said. “Our girls have shown such perseverance to do what they’ve done. Their accomplishment is very significant in terms of the history of our program.”
This year marked the Tigers’ fifth straight season without losing a league contest.
“We’ll look back on this season and always remember it,” Etheredge said. “It was just such a great group of young ladies to work with, and we can really build upon our accomplishments this year.”