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Sept. 30, 2005

Blazers pound Quince Orchard Cougars

by Merlyn Deng, Online Editor-in-Chief
Blair's girls' tennis squad won a crucial divisional match today against the Quince Orchard Cougars, improving their overall record to 4-4 after shutting out the Cougars with a 6-1 win.

After the devastating loss that the team suffered on Tuesday against the undefeated Walter Johnson squad, the girls stepped up their game today with consistently strong matches, knowing that the outcome of this particular match was crucial. "Everyone realized this was an important match to remain in Division I," said senior Pearl Horng.

While the girls expected to play against the Cougars, the court's windy weather was an unexpected opponent. Even though strong winds prevailed throughout the game and diverted many balls, the girls were able to adapt to the unfavorable conditions. "It is definitely difficult to adjust to the wind, but it all worked out in the end," said team captain senior Stephanie Paul.
Tennis captain senior Stephanie Paul hits a shot against her Quince Orchard opponent.
Tennis captain senior Stephanie Paul hits a shot against her Quince Orchard opponent.

The third doubles players, senior Margot Pass and sophomore Priyanka Gokhale, were the first to leave the courts, with a 6-1, 6-1 win. Soon afterwards, senior Kristi Chakrabarti and sophomore Bonnie Ding contributed to the score after trouncing their second doubles opponents 6-1, 6-1.

Although senior third singles player Janice No tried to prolong the winning streak, she handed her opponent a 6-1, 6-2 victory.

Paul finished soon after No and started a new trail of victories for the Blazers. Paul did not relent during her match, winning the match with a combination of some of her best serves and approach shots 6-3, 6-3. Later, second singles player Horng solidified Blair's lead when she cruised past her opponent with a 6-4, 6-3 win.

After they secured a win over QO with four victorious matches, first doubles players seniors Dominique Franson and Jahnavi Bahskar widened Blair's lead by ending with a 6-3, 6-3 score.

Sophomore fourth singles player Jasleen Salwan, seeded 11th, was able to fend off her higher-seeded opponent and ended the day with a win. Salwan played one of the rockiest matches, starting off 2-5 against her opponent. However, she was able to surpass her opponent by winning a 7-2 tiebreaker and a 6-3 set.

Blair's exceptionally strong performance has sparked some renewed confidence in the tennis team. Paul was especially excited about the performance and believes that the girls have improved since their last match. "I think the team played very well today. We were definitely making a lot less errors," she said.

Coach David Ngbea also noted an improvement in the squad's performance today, citing the players' stronger baseline shots and volleying skills as evidence. Above all, he is happy that this victory gives the girls' a chance to remain in Division I for next year. "It was imperative that we had this win and I'm glad most of our players came through. It's a big win for us."

The girls' tennis team's next match will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Northwood at 3:30 p.m. The tennis squad will return home for a match against Walt Whitman on Oct. 7 at 3:30 p.m.

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  • fan on September 30, 2005 at 7:36 PM
    awesome job girls tennis
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