The Varsity Girls played in the first round of the PAL Team Championships against Aragon. In two meetings during the regular season, each team won a match, so the Bearcats knew that they had a tough battle ahead.
The first loss came as Singles #1, Sophomore Grace Wang, had to retire due to injury. But Singles #3, Senior and Co-Captain Tessa Chou put one in the win column for San Mateo with her fast and easy bagel win 6-0, 6-0. And just as Chou has been an expected win at every match for the Bearcats, Seniors and Co-Captains Aida Lowe & Lauren Young, got the other expected win on the Doubles #1 court. Lowe and Young lost only 3 games in their straight set victory. Singles #2, Freshman Sarah Fung-Smith, also had an easy win 6-0, 6-2.
On each of the remaining three courts, the Bearcats fought hard, forcing a 12th game in at least one set. Junior Lian Ting, who has done well moving between singles and doubles courts, paired with Sophomore Jeevika Adda as Doubles #2. Ting and Adda were down 2-5 in the second set, but won the next two games to make it 4-5. But Aragon didnât let up and avoided another 12-game set by unfortunately finishing off the Bearcats 4-6.
San Mateo finished a respectable 3rd place in the Bay Division of PAL behind Menlo-Atherton and Carlmont, with a 9-5 record. The Varsity Girls look forward to another strong season in 2018.
Singles #1: Grace Wang vs Diana Gong, L 1-2, retired
Singles #2: Sarah Fung-Smith vs Melinda Ma, W 6-0, 6-2
Singles #3: Tessa Chou vs Jaime Wang, W 6-0, 6-0
Singles #4: Hannah Battat vs Marie Pachtner, L 5-7, 2-6
Doubles #1: Aida Lowe & Lauren Young vs Keertana Namaduri & Kelsey Dobbs, W 6-0, 6-3
Doubles #2: Lian Ting & Jeevika Adda vs Annie Martin & Emma Clarke, L 5-7, 4-6
Doubles #3: Mahak Bindal & Emily McHugh vs Yasmina Malouf & Anouk Seibulescu, L 2-6, 5-7