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Tennis team heads into CIF competition

SRHS head coach Karyn McCartney is leading her team into post season competition. (courtesy of Karyn McCartney)

Tennis team heads into CIF competition

By Hector Trujillo

The Scripps Ranch High School women’s tennis team is looking to close out another noteworthy season as it competes in the six-day CIF-SDS team competition ending on Oct. 28.

The team closed out its regular season with a 12-6 victory over Patrick Patrick Henry High on Oct. 12 to finish second in the league. 

Scripps Ranch played a total of 10 matches during the regular season, taking on La Jolla High School, Patrick Henry, Academy of Our Lady of Peace, Point Loma and Cathedral Catholic twice each.

“Every year is different and when you lose people you just have to keep fighting,” said head coach Karyn Mc-Cartney. “I like the positive attitude about my team and how we keep working.”

The Lady Falcons kicked off the season Sept. 12 on the road against Cathedral Catholic, facing them again on Sept. 28, suffering an early season defeat to the Lady Dons. Scripps Ranch was able to bounce back and put in several impressive individual and team performances the rest of the way including a dominating 13-5 victory over La Jolla High on Oct. 3 which, was followed by an impressive 11-7 victory over Academy of Our Lady of Peace on Oct. 5.

“Those ones were really good,”  McCartney said. “It’s really good to see how we keep plugging and fighting for every game and every point that we possibly can.”

The regular season ended on Oct. 12 with the victory and Senior Night against Patrick Henry High.

Scripps Ranch won the 2021 CIF-SDS Girls Tennis Team Division 1 Championships as a third seed at Barnes Tennis Center in Ocean Beach. It was the team’s first championship in 28 years.

The Lady Falcons were eliminated as a four-seed by top-seeded Francis Parker in the Division 1 semifinals of the CIF-San Diego Section last year. 

This is McCartney’s third season at the helm. She is getting several standout performances, par-
ticularly from the likes of Shreya Bharath, Alisa Privorotskiy and Karina Ford.

Western League individual competition took place at La Jolla High School starting on Oct. 16 and ending on Oct. 21 with CIF state competition about to take place on Nov. 17 and 18. The hope is that the team, led by its six seniors, will be present and ready to help Scripps Ranch High School leave its mark again.

SRHS senior Akshara Madabushi returns a shot during an 11-7 victory against Academy of Our Lady of Peace on Oct. 5. (photo by Jim Wick)
SRHS senior Sachi Wall focuses on a return during a match against Academy of Our Lady of Peace on Oct. 5. (photo by Jim Wick)