The Orange Lutheran girls tennis team returns to the court this week, and with some strong senior players and a few new faces on the roster, the Lancers are prepared to take on a full season of competition.
Like all fall sports last year, girls tennis played a shortened season in the spring, and despite having the #2 doubles pairing in the Trinity League, CIF playoff revisions due to Covid-19 kept the Lancers out of the postseason.
This year with a full slate of matches, the Lancers will be taking on league and Division 2 opponents led by senior singles player Natalie Rodriguez and her fellow seniors and doubles players Kate Harnack and Julia Fierro.
The program lost some key starters to graduation, but the varsity squad will be adding freshmen newcomers Kara Barry and Nicola Frisch, both of whom are showing promising skill in preseason play.
“It looks like it will be a pretty good year,” says OLu girls tennis head coach, Flavio Rueda. “We have some young players, but I think they are ready to play. They’ve shown that they have a lot of talent, and I think we can compete.”
Rueda stated the program will be fielding both JV and varsity teams this year, and the girls will begin their season this Wednesday, August 25, as they take on Cypress High School.
While the Trinity League continues to provides stiff competition, the players and the coaching staff are excited to finally return to a sense of normalcy, and the Lancers are no doubt up to the challenge.
“Hopefully we can have a healthy season,” says Rueda, “and all my players can have fun and compete.”