Cabrera out, tennis falls to Bellevue

By Eddie Mabanglo - Staff Reporter

The Highline tennis team, sans Miriam Cabrera, hosted the first-place Bellevue Bulldogs and their around-the-world ros- ter last weekend, losing 6-3.

Cabrera was unable to com- pete due to an ankle injury.

"Miriam injured her ankle the day before," Team Captain Danielle Mendoza said. "Swell- ing is slowing going down but she is still unable to walk with- out crutches."

While the recovery timeline for Cabrera is unclear, the team believes that she will be back in active competition before the conclusion of the season.

"We don't know when exact- ly, but for now she has been tak- ing the necessary steps to treat it," Mendoza said.

Because of her absence, the Thunderbirds had to default on a singles and doubles match.
In singles action, freshman Lexi Maison defeated Chen-Yu Tang 6-2, 6-3. Tang is from Brit-

ish Columbia, Canada. Bellevue's Dung Luong, of

Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, defeated Highline team captain Danielle Mendoza 7-5, 7-5.

"[Defaulting on two matches] didn't stop us mentally," Men- doza said. "Each match we were all in it. We played our game,

but in the end came up short." Mendoza is optimistic about her teammates and their perfor-

mance this season.
"Besides the upset I think it

went a lot better than expect- ed. Each match was intense and was very close," Mendoza said.

"Each one of us players left the court with something to im- prove on, showing we are never content with our performance."

Mikyla Olsen defeated Bel- levue sophomore Anna Sneesby 6-2, 6-2. Bellevue sophomore Haylie Irving defeated Kaylin Phan 6-3, 6-4.

Sneesby and Irving, both sophomores, are Bellevue's only players from the continental United States. Both are from Snohomish, Wash.

Bellevue's Italian-born Ginevra Luger defeated Nikelle Price 6-4, 6-7(7-9), 7-6(7-3).

Bellevue's Heather Lin re- ceived a default victory due to Cabrera's absence. Lin is from the People's Republic of China.

In doubles, Mendoza and Ol- sen beat Irving and Tang 8-5. Phan and Price were defeated by Sneesby and Lin 8-3. Bellev- ue won by default on the third match.

The Thunderbirds are back in action at home against Skagit Valley, March 16 at 8 a.m. Lat- er in March they have three matches in California.

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