Girls Tennis Narrowly Defeats Saratoga 4-3

The girls varsity tennis team walked away with a victory over Saratoga on Thursday, October 31. In a neck on neck battle to the bone, the Eagles proved to be the tougher competition winning 4-3. This victory moves Saratoga out of first place in their league, and thus increases Los Altos changes of having a higher seed going into SCVAL’s. This key win for the girls varsity is attributed to the outstanding performance of the singles players, who were able to win all four of their matches and lead the team to victory.

“Our singles lineup is really really strong. Any of our top four singles players could play one or two at many other schools,” number one singles sophomore Juliette Martin said.

Despite successes with the singles players, the doubles players struggled, losing all three of their matches. Saratoga is known for their strong doubles lineup, and the Eagles doubles played excessively safe due to problems with line calls in their previous encounter.

“It was completely mental. We played them in Fresno and had a lot of issues with line calls, so we went up against them with this mentality of needing to be very, very careful about not hitting the ball even near the line,” senior Avery Ikeda said. “And we played it so safe that we didn’t play our best, so we lost.”

Because the singles play one more match than the doubles (the doubles play in three, the singles play in four), the strong singles lineup is able to secure multiple victories, and often bring the team to an overall victory.

Ranked third in the league with a strong overall record of 8-4, the team looks to go far in CCS.