Nov 6 – Lady Dons Varsity Tennis Team Competes at DFAL Tournament
Each of the classes at Acalanes was represented today at the DFAL Girls Tennis Tournament by the varsity Lady Dons. Seniors Queenie Chin, Shelley Kwok and Mackenna Mullins were joined by Junior Melissa Van Pell, Sophomores Madeline Bakar, Fernanda Heredia, Skylar Jeveli, Lauren Ladrech, Mia Westphal and Freshman Alexandra “Sasha” Schtein.
Melissa and Skylar shook off some early nerves and dispatched their Las Lomas opponents, 8-1, to begin the first round. Mia and Mackenna drew the Number 6 seeded team from Campolindo but played a really competitive match before going out 3-8. Continuing a run of bad draws for the Lady Dons, Lauren and Fernanda ran into the Number 5 seeds from Dougherty Valley and fell 5-8. Shelley and Madeline played really well together but could not get by a fine team from Dublin, losing 4-8. Sasha and Queenie, playing the last match of the first round, played tenacious tennis to pull out an 8-6 win over their Las Lomas opponents. Tied at 6-6, Alexandra and Queenie played terrific defense to break serve. Queenie then fired three service winners in the deciding game.
In second round action, Skylar and Melissa lost to a fine combo from Miramonte and Queenie and Sasha ran into the number 2 seeded team from Las Lomas.
All of the Lady Dons doubles teams competed fiercely throughout the day on the St. Mary’s College courts. Jamba Juice was great and the pizza was delicious (particularly the BBQ chicken.) Nice effort Lady Dons.
John Vocke / Corby Mullins