It’s back to the court this week as the Orange Lutheran girls tennis team gets ready to kick off their season. After a third place league finish a year ago and a close loss in the first round of postseason play, the Lancers are looking to once again make an appearance in the Division 1 CIF-SS playoffs.
“We have a really young group this season, but we are hoping to secure a top three finish in the Trinity League,” says OLu head tennis coach, Flavio Rueda.
Rueda feels the key to success in league play for both the JV and varsity squads is rooted in competitive match play against preseason opponents.
“We want the players to have a good preseason so they can get confident in winning,” says Rueda. “We use that time to build toward our league matches.”
Rueda will be leaning on returning varsity player and junior Emily Thinnsen for her play on the court and leadership in pushing the team to be their best. He also feels that sophomore and All-League player Natalie Rodriguez is set for another breakout season. And junior transfer Grace Fenton will be looked to for her strong doubles play.
Although this year’s varsity squad players may be young in age, they are strong in skill. Rueda is confident in their ability to play at a high level and feels they should not be counted out.
“I’m looking forward to a healthy and good season,” says Rueda.” It’s going to be a good experience, and I think the team has the potential to do a lot of damage in the league.”