Girls Tennis Reigns as Channel League Champs


Sports Editor

San Marcos girls tennis had a record breaking season this year as they finished as Channel League Champions. The season concluded with a record of 16-2 which was made possible with the team’s determination in Channel League and their effort to win almost all the games this year.

For the first time since 1998 the Royals were able to claim the title of Channel League Champions. They also managed to crush the Dons which broke their 77 match winning streak in league play.

“I could not be more proud of this team and how fantastic this is for the high school,” Royals head coach Fred Hartzman told Presidio Sports. “We had some high goals this season, beating SB for the first time in 20+ years and winning the channel league were two of our goals. This is historic for the San Marcos and I am proud to be the coach of this team. They have lived up to all the expectations I had put on them.”

After beating the Chargers 11-7, girls tennis finished off their league season undefeated, for the first time in school history. The San Marcos tennis team also was able to make it into CIF playoffs, however, after an extremely close playoff match against Santa Margarita, the Royals finished their season with this being one of their two losses.

Even though the team’s season is over, some of the players will continue to compete. Yuka Perera and the No. 1 doubles team of Renee Handley and Sarah Yang will play in the CIF Individual Tournament which begins Thanksgiving week.

Some of the highlights of the season, aside from defeating the Dons, include their Channel League opener on September 4. They crushed Ventura 15-3, swept all nine double sets and had Yuka Perea lead them in singles. On September 8, San Marcos went undefeated in singles which is what allowed them to beat Orcutt Academy 15-3. Kelly Coulson did not lose a single game with secured her the number one singles spot. The Royals were able to finish their regular season with a win over Santa Ynez, and won eight of their nine doubles sets, ended the day with a score of 13-5.

Girls tennis finished one of their best seasons yet and are hopeful to succeed next year and are aiming to go even further in CIF championships.


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