Girls tennis ends historic season at CCS semifinals

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Anna Vazhaeparambil

Anushka Mehrotra (9) prepares to hit the ball during her singles match in CCS semifinals. After an impressive performance this season, the girls tennis team lost to St. Francis High School 5-2 on Saturday, Nov. 16

by Anna Vazhaeparambil, Aquila Co-Sports Editor

After an impressive performance this season, the girls tennis team lost to St. Francis High School in the semifinals matchup on Saturday, Nov. 16, marking the end of their run in the CCS playoffs. The girls made Harker history this year, as this is the furthest any girls or boys tennis team has ever advanced.

The Eagles previously defeated Cupertino and Menlo-Atherton in the last two rounds of CCS, both unexpected victories, especially with Cupertino being seated third in the entire league. Their Cinderella run ended in the semifinals, where despite putting up a tough fight, the girls were only able to win two out of the three doubles matches and lost all of the singles rounds, finishing with a 5-2 loss.

“I’m really proud of everyone. Today was our most challenging match and even though it didn’t really go how we hoped it would, I think everyone still put in their best effort,” co-captain Gina Partridge (12) said. “Honestly, this year’s a great year as a senior. We made tennis history and also the bond that I have with everyone here is the closest it’s ever been.”

Regardless of the loss, the team was also cheered on by fellow students, teachers and faculty throughout the game, and, along with the crowd, were able to celebrate their last time playing with seniors Amanda Cheung, Rachel Broweleit and Gina.

“I thought [the girls] did really well,” Mihir Sharma (12), who came out to support his friends on the team, said. “Their opponents in singles were really good, but I thought they did a great job. It was good to watch.”

Head coach John Fruttero credits the players for their growth this season, persevering through injuries and self-doubt to come out on top over other very competitive schools.

“I’m not sure how the team was going to come together — we had a lot of new girls and underclasswomen — but luckily we had some very good team leadership,” he said afterwards. “We were able to overcome rivals that we haven’t beaten in three or four years, like Sacred Heart, and we got one step closer this year [to being at the top of the league]. The girls have a lot to be proud of.”