An Ace for Varsity Girls Tennis

By Elon Mahone, Guest Writer

This 2016 tennis season has been a huge success for our Varsity Lady Knights. They went into season with high hopes for success, knowing that their toughest competitor was Harvard Westlake.

Notre Dame has not beat the Wolverines in twelve years. Due to the Lady Knights’ powerful doubles teams and will to win, they’ve become one of the top teams in their highly competitive league and have finally ended the long losing streak against the Wolverines.

Last year the team’s record regular season record was 4-4. This year however the girls are stronger and more unified as a team. They finished off this season tied with Harvard Westlake for first place in the Mission League.


Tennis captain, Ally Kracoff, goes up for a big swing. (Photo by Melina Mallory and caption by Erin Neil.)

Ally Kracoff recounts on how the team has improved as a team this season and what made them so successful. “I think we just have a lot of really solid players that always give 100%. We use practice wisely and our coach focuses on the things we really need to work on. We all just work really hard and dedicate a lot of time and energy to the sport.”

Not only is this team dedicated, but they are all talented. Rather than having one senior star athlete, Notre Dame has strong players on varsity from the freshman, sophomore and junior class as well. This solidified a prominent tennis program in season and as they move into playoffs.

Now the Lady Knights are competing for the CIF title. After a win against La Cañada on Wednesday, the Knights have moved into their second game of playoffs tonight where they will play Simi Valley on Simi’s home turf. They’d love the support of the Castle in their postseason matches.


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