Women's tennis team eyes title
By Donnie Moore - Staff Reporter
Highline's women's tennis opened its season with a win against Spokane 6-3, but fell to College of Idaho, 5-4 and Withworth, 7-2.
Last year, Highline finished second in the NWAC Championships and four players won individual titles. Head Coach Laura Rosa was named NWAC Tennis Coach of the Year.
"We started out the season exactly as we needed to. We beat Spokane in a conference match and they were much improved from last year," said Coach Rosa. "And then we went on to compete well against two four-year schools. We had an injury during warm-ups, otherwise I believe we would have upset the College of Idaho, which is an NAIA program."In the league match against Spokane sophomore Sammie McElwain, freshman Amila Gogalija and freshman Miriam Cabrera all won their singles matches.
Highline dominated in doubles, winning them all. Amila Gogalija and Celeste Andreotti won against their opponent's, 8-2. Cabrera and McElwain defeated their opponents, 8-3, and Danielle Mendoza and Mary Ahmed won a close match, 7-6.
In the match against Idaho, Gogalija and Andreotti pulled out wins in the singles. They later came together in doubles to get another win for the team.
"Freshman Amila Gogalija is one to watch for sure. She is now 3-0 in both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles including huge wins against Whitworth and the College of Idaho," said Coach Rosa. "In doubles she is paired at the No. 1 position with sophomore team captain Celeste Andreotti, who is also starting out really strong."
In the match against Withworth, Amila Gogalija was the only player to win in the singles, while also taking home a win in doubles with her partner Celeste Andreotti.
"One of our strengths is that we are really balanced with three freshmen and three sophomores, so leadership and experience are matched with new energy," said Coach Rosa.
Highline currently sits atop their league, 1-0 and 1-2 on the season. The Lady T-Birds will head into battle with league rival Bellevue tomorrow. The game will take place at the Boeing Employee Tennis Club in Kent at 8 p.m.
"Bellevue is tough. They won the title last year and for several years before that," said Coach Rosa. "We came close at Championships last year, but they got us in the end.
'They are really well coached and tend to have a lot of experienced players," she said. "It works well for us. That it is our first home match of the season as our team is excited get to compete with the support of our home crowd at the Boeing Employees Tennis Center."