After placing second in the Sunshine League, Immaculate Heart's Varsity Tennis Team made it all the way to the CIF-SS Division 5 quarterfinals, ultimately placing in the top eight teams!
Immaculate Heart faced Segerstrom High School, the number one ranked team out of 143 teams in Division 5, on Monday, November 11, at the Burbank Tennis Center. After incredible performances from our athletes and many close games, the competition was ultimately decided by a four-point difference in a tie break and finished 80-84.
This is the best performance by a tennis team in Immaculate Heart's history. Congratulations to our tennis team, as well as to head coach Thomas Hardy and assistant coach TR Krupa, on an outstanding effort and a spectacular close to their post-season!
The team faced a long road to reach this quarterfinal competition, and excelled every step of the way. After finishing second in the Sunshine League, the team moved on to a CIF-SS wildcard match on Tuesday, November 5, against Ontario High School. Following a long afternoon of intense competition, Immaculate Heart secured the victory with a final score of 86-73 and qualified for playoffs.
"They played hard all afternoon, clinching a very close match," Athletic Director Maureen Rodriguez said. "I'm so proud of each girl that played with heart!"
On Wednesday, November 6, The team traveled to Palmdale for the first round of CIF-SS playoffs against Highland High School, the number eight ranked team in Division 5, and won 14-4.
In the singles competition, senior Mikaela Mansilla won all three of her matches; sophomore Lauren Reyes won two of her matches; and freshman Grace Goetchius won one match. In the doubles competition, seniors Olivia Kroger and Vanessa Tucker won all three of their matches; sophomores Musette Buckley and Sydney Colbert won all three of their matches; and senior Summer Garoian and Danielle Sanchez won two of their matches.
The team then moved onto round two of the playoffs, which they played on Friday, November 7, against Vista del Lago High School at the Vermont Canyon Tennis Courts. The team secured a 15-3 victory over Vista del Lago High School, the number seven ranked team in Division 5, in order to advance to the quarterfinals, where they faced Segerstrom High School and ended their run.
Before the post-season competition began, the Athletic Department and the Booster Club hosted an awards banquet where Junior Varsity and Varsity athletes' contributions to their teams during their regular season were honored.
Outstanding athletes were also recognized with special league awards. Sophomore Lauren Reyes, junior Amelie Harris and senior Mikaela Mansilla were named to 1st Team All Sunshine League, and seniors Olivia Kroger and Vanessa Tucker were named to 2nd Team All Sunshine League.
On the Junior Varsity Team, the award recipients were:
Most Inspirational Player: Kimberlin Wagner
Most Improved Player: Maya Bryant
Most Valuable Singles Player: Emma Nord
Most Valuable Doubles Players: Quinn Lanza
Captain's Award: Leila Horstmeyer
Coach's Award: Asha Bryant
For the Varsity Team, awards were presented to:
Most Inspirational Player: Danielle Sanchez
Most Improved Player: Sydney Colbert
Most Valuable Singles Player: Mikaela Mansilla
Most Valuable Doubles Players: Olivia Kroger
Captain's Award: Olivia Kroger
Coach's Award: Danielle Sanchez
Congratulations to all our athletes! Go Pandas! Go Heart!