Girls tennis places sixth overall at EKL tournament

Facing tough competition, the team worked together to finish in the top 10

To finish the regular season, the girls tennis team placed sixth at the EKL tournament Monday, Oct. 7. Junior Sophie Lecuru placed fourth individually. 

Senior captain Avery Altman believes the team’s determination positively affected the outcome of the tournament.

“As a whole, the league tournament went really well,” Altman said. “I feel like we all tried our hardest and stayed in the tournament the longest we could.”

According to senior captain Mallory Scheelk, the

team’s chemistry made the tournament enjoyable. 

“We all became super close towards the end of the season,” Scheelk said. “It definitely made it a lot more fun.”

The encouragement from fellow players caused Altman and the rest of the team to be ready to face the tough competitors.

“I’m really proud of everyone this season. I think we all supported each other really well, which lead us to a lot of growth,” Altman said. “A lot of playing and time on the courts got us in shape to play against good competition we saw at EKL.”

Although the EKL tournament is significant, Scheelk saw the benefit playing against fellow Mill Valley teammates.

“Me and my doubles partner ended up having to play Altman and [sophomore] Eden Schanker at one point,” Scheelk said. “It was so much fun to play each ot

her and at the end it meant a lot to finish my last season playing against some of my best friends.”

According to Altman, playing with teammates for the last time affected their tournament.

“It was a lot of the girls’ last meet,” Altman said. “We really enjoyed bonding and watching each other play. We are really good at hyping each other up and getting each other excited about playing.”

Even though they faced adversity, Scheelk felt the team still gave it their all.

“I really didn’t know how we would show out yesterday, but I was proud of us because I know we all tried our hardest all day long,” Scheelk said. “There was really good competition there and a lot of us came back from being down and [ended up] winning the games. It was a long day and we all gave it our all.”

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