May 26, 2018

An amazing year for the wrestling team -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My Experience at the Women’s March -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

El Regreso Del Racismo -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Parkland Shooting -

Friday, March 2, 2018

California Flu Crisis -

Friday, March 2, 2018

‘Rapping’ Up the Grammy Awards -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

¿Cuál Será el Futuro de DACA? -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Marcus Peters traded to the Rams -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2018 Upcoming Movies -

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Instagram-Worthy Desserts of San Francisco -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Upcoming Season of Baseball -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Black History Month -

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Black Panther Review -

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Destructive Culture of Social Media -

Friday, February 23, 2018

Badminton season launches into action! -

Friday, February 23, 2018

LimeBike Takes Over! -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

All Star Weekend Highlights -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chinese New Year Brought to SMHS -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

San Mateo Volleyball Season Kicks Off -

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Van Jones Show:Jay-Z -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Tide Turns for the Better for Girls’ Tennis

After a rough start, San Mateo’s girls’ varsity tennis team is smashing and volleying its way to victory.  With a full roster of spirited and practiced freshmen, and a solid group of returning sophomores and juniors, San Mateo tennis is ready to go.

Led by captains Genny Duran, Robyn Gore, and Hannah Poplack—all juniors—much of the roster consists of new players, freshmen and upperclassman alike. “It’s exciting! It’s fun to get a chance to play. And I’m getting a great tan!” said sophomore Andrea Holcombe, who picked up a tennis racket for the first time this year.

Unlike most schools, San Mateo boasts a varsity singles roster entirely composed of freshmen and sophomores, including Aislinn Oka, Lizzie Siegle, Lindsey Pantuso, and Chihior Yoshiba.  When asked what it’s like to be a varsity singles player as a freshman, Lindsey Pantuso responded, “It’s exciting!”

The team also brought in a new coach this year, Rebecca Wheeler, a first-time coach from Mountain View, California.  Although Rebecca has never coached a high school team before, she is not new to the world of tennis, having played doubles and singles tennis for over 30 years. “I am excited about the team we’ve built!” said Wheeler. “Everybody is working hard in practices and matches and giving their best.”

San Mateo’s season started with a rough home game against Aragon on September 8.  With Aislin Oka, Lizzie Siegle, Chihiro Yoshiba, and Lindsey Pantuso playing singles, and Robyn Gore and Coco Luk, Megha Bindal and Lucy Dai-He, Sara Halpern and Emily Liu, Hannah Poplack and Genny Duran, Sara Rossi and Sophie Elliot, and Abbey Londa and Andrea Holcombe playing doubles, San Mateo was ready to go.

Unfortunately, after many tough matches, San Mateo came out defeated, losing 6-1 to the Dons.  Just five days later, San Mateo took on Menlo-Atherton, with another tough loss, 6-2, and then later lost to the Carlmont Scots 7-0. “It’s a little hard to lose, but when everyone is playing this well, I know there will be many wins in the future,” said sophomore Aislin Oka.

Indeed, the tide began to turn, and the Lady Bearcats crushed Mills, 6-1, rallying together for a win. “It feels great! The team has been working so hard. We have a great team, and everyone is really playing their best,” said captain and junior Genny Duran after her win.

In the next few weeks, the Lady Bearcats will take on Castilleja, Burlingame, Sequoia, Hillsdale, and then Aragon again.  Good luck, girls’ tennis.

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