First published in the Nov. 4 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.
The La Salle College Preparatory varsity girls’ tennis team didn’t skip a beat this fall after capturing its first-ever CIF Southern Section championship last season, finishing the 2021 campaign with a perfect 14-0 record to win the Del Rey League title and dominating the individual league tournament.
Junior Sydney Sasaki captured the singles crown by defeating Pomona Catholic’s top player, 7-5, 6-3, and teammates Cayenne Lee and Audrey Turner handily won all four of their matches to claim the doubles championship.
La Salle hosted a CIF-SS Division 3 first-round playoff match against a wild card team on Wednesday. Should the Lancers win, they advance to the second round to face either Burbank or Walnut on Friday, Nov. 5.
Westridge, Poly, Mayfield Senior Share Prep League Crown
The Tigers edged Polytechnic, 10-8, in the teams’ finale regular season match at Muir High last Friday and forced a three-way tie for the Prep League championship.
Westridge lost the first contest against the Panthers on Oct. 19 but rebounded to win three consecutive matches and share the league title with Poly and Mayfield Senior.
The Tigers (8-2 overall, 6-2 in league) traveled to Fullerton to face Troy High in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs on Wednesday.
Poly (11-2 overall, 6-2 in league) finished the regular season ranked No. 9 in Division 3 and hosted a wild card team on Wednesday.
The Cubs (13-2 overall, 6-2 in league) took on Lakewood Mayfair in Division 3 wild card match on Tuesday at Occidental College.
Maranatha’s Hsieh Places
2nd in Singles Tourney
The Maranatha High School varsity girls’ tennis team participated in the final day of the Olympic League Tournament last week but fell short of an individual championship.
Stella Hsieh won her first two matches and advanced to the singles final to face No. 1-seeded Jenelle Liu of Geffen Academy. Hsieh had stellar performances in her previous matches but fell to Liu and earned second place.
Amanda Yee and Kasey McCoy took on Keemia Kossari and Hannah Doran of Northridge Heritage Christian in the third-place doubles match to be the alternate team for the CIF Individual tournament. After a two-hour match, Yee and McCoy were ultimately edged in thrilling third set, 8-6, after winning the first, 6-2, and dropping the second, 6-1.
As a team, Maranatha finished the season with a 9-6 record and a 6-3 mark in league. The Minutemen are the second seed from the Olympic League and traveled to Anaheim to face Magnolia High School in a CIF-SS Division 4 first-round match on Wednesday.