The Temple City Rams Girls Tennis team won 12-6 on Monday over Cypress High School at Seal Beach Tennis Center. The victory moves the Rams into the CIF Semifinals.
The match started off tight. Singles players Katherine Wu, Morgan Leong, and Allison Tam won 6-0, 6-1, and 6-0, respectively. The three outstanding singles players would not surrender a set for the entire match, dropping only four games total.
The doubles matches were more closely contested. In the first round, Doris Chen and Michelle Le lost 2-6. Allison Young and Kaitlyn Tran lost a close 3-6 set. But Jessie Zheng and Kayla Truong prevailed with a 6-4 victory to put the Rams ahead 4-2.
The doubles teams struggled a bit in the second round with Young/Tran and Zheng/Truong both losing, 2-6 and 1-6. With the three singles victories, that put the Rams up 7-4, with Chen and Le still on the court.
“I knew that the entire match could turn on that last set of the second round,” said Rams coach Nate Slaymaker. “There is a huge difference for the road team going into the last round 7-5 or 8-4.”
Chen and Le went down 4-5, one game away from dropping the set and keeping the overall score uncomfortably close.They fought back to force a tiebreaker. The level of play elevated in that tiebreaker and Chen and Le dug deep for the 7-6 win and what would turn out to be an insurmountable 8-4 Rams lead.
Young and Tran would add a 6-2 win in the third round to put the final score at 12-6.
Not to be overlooked, the singles players for the Rams dominated today and have been the stalwart for the unprecedented success of the team this year.
“I cannot say enough about our singles players,” added Slaymaker. “We have relied heavily on them the entire season and they have come through time and time again.”
The Rams hope to continue the strong singles play against very good players from Orcutt Academy. The doubles teams will need to dig deep as well as the team looks to advance to the first CIF Tennis Final in school history. Standing in their way will be the Orcutt Academy Spartans.
The semifinal match will be played at home at Temple City High School on Wednesday, November 9, at 2:00pm. The team is hoping that any and all Rams fans will attend to cheer them on. Admission is free.