The Rams Girls Tennis team defeated the Pasadena Polytechnic Panthers 10-8 on Wednesday to advance to the second round of the CIF playoffs.
The Rams knew they would be in for a tough match today. The Panthers won a CIF Title in 2014 and the two teams played to a 9-9 tie on September 7. The Rams won that match narrowly in the games tiebreaker.
Wednesday would be another tight contest. The Rams started strong. Singles players Katherine Wu, Morgan Leong, and Allison Tam won 6-1, 6-0, 6-0 respectively. Sophomores Doris Chen and Michelle Le beat the number one doubles team from Poly, 6-4. Sophomores Kayla Truong and Jessie Zheng fought back from being down to take their first set 7-5. The two doubles victories staked the Rams a 5-1 lead after the first round.
The Panthers stormed back in the second round. With the help of Tam’s 6-4 over the Panthers’ number two, the singles added two more sets to the tally. The doubles teams struggled in the second round in very close sets, losing 6-7, 5-7, and 6-7. Through two rounds, the score sat at a 7-5 Rams lead.
Wu and Leong added two more sets in singles to put the Rams one away form the magical number 10. The other four sets in the third round were all very close. Chen and Le triumphed 7-5 to give the Rams the 10-8 victory.
“It was a great victory for us,” said Coach Nate Slaymaker. “It was good to get through a very tough first round draw today and the best part is that our best tennis is still ahead of us.”
The Rams move on to the second round of the CIF Playoffs for the first time in many years. They will travel to Glen A. Wilson High School in Hacienda Heights on Friday at 2:00pm for round two.The Wilson Wildcats are out of the Valle Vista League and are 19-2 on the season.
The Rams will need their best tennis to continue this great run.