Last Thursday, October 22, 2022, Ukiah High Girls’ tennis team hosted Senior Night against Rancho Cotate High School and beat them 7-0 ending the season’s home games. Ukiah High Tennis Coach Kyle Kirkley spoke to us about the team’s performance.
Coach Kirkley commented that “the girls played well today and stayed focused even against a team that didn’t give us much to work with.” Wanting to acknowledge the Seniors who played in this match, Coach Kirkley commented that Athena Dahl played well, and “her strokes were strong today.” Sydney Steinbuck and Charlotte O’Connor “came back from losing the first set and won their match.” He also celebrated Madison Miller who “crushed her opponent.”
Sophomore Nicole Muniz and Madeline Armstrong played number one doubles and won their match 6-0 for the first set and 6-2 for their second. Muniz told us that they “did absolutely fantastic.” Armstrong reports, “we were excited because it was our last home game and Senior night” and “we made a couple of errors at the beginning of the game which we fixed.”
Senior Athena Dahl also won her match 6-2 in the first game and 6-0 in the second. Dahl, the number 3 doubles player, commented that competing on the first court was more stressful the playing on the third. This is a reference to Ukiah High’s tennis courts and their layout. Players are more visible to spectators in the first and second courts, often increasing their performance anxiety. Regardless of the court she plays, Dahl told us she would like to be more confident for the final game of the season. Since the beginning of the season, Dahl noted that she gained more confidence as a player and “had time to practice what I needed to.”
Madison Miller, a senior at UHS and number 4 doubles player, thought she played well, “but compared to the other matches, I could have done better.” Millers won her match 6-2 for the first set and 6-2 for the second with “consistent serves and hits.” Previously against Rancho Cotate Miller did not play, due to the fact that her opponent wasn’t there. “So this was my first time this season against one of their players. “Keeping the ball in play” and “using strategy to place the ball on the court where it would be harder for her to get” is something Miller thought she did well in Thursday’s game. For the last match, Miller wanted to be more focused and “engaged in my next match”
For the final game of the Ukiah high school girls’ Varsity Tennis game, they took on Montgomery and won 4-3 ending their season.