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North Hollywood Served CIF

The Husky Girls Tennis Team faced off against Eagle Rock High School on Thursday, November 2, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Eagle Rock. 

Eagle Rock was the second seed in Division 1, while our Huskies were the eighth seed. 

This was an intense match all around, however our team won the CIF LA City Section Division 1 Finals 16-13 against Eagle Rock.  They won this year and last year, making our Huskies back-to-back D1 champions. 

Our Huskies have played a total of 170 matches, and they have obtained 128 wins and 42 losses. This gave our huskies a 75.29% win rate. 

Their overall score was 13-1, and in the East Valley League they were undefeated going 8-0. Last year they were also undefeated in the league, going 8-0. So, this goes to show that our Huskies are the best tennis team in our league, and in the LA City Section. 

However, this year was different as the Huskies didn’t have a coach until midway into the season, so they had to have organized practices that they conducted themselves. They also never played home games, thus this gave other schools the home advantage.

Although, through these difficulties their mindset stayed targeted to become back to back champs, and this mindset came into fruition. 

Congratulations to our Girls Tennis Team in winning the CIF D1 title two times in a row, and defending their D1 title. 

Before going against Eagle Rock, senior Captain Ashlyn Castro, expressed her feeling about how, “We are going against Eagle Rock High School, the 2nd seed in Division 1. North Hollywood is currently seed 8 and we have successfully defeated three schools to get to where we are now. I am very thrilled to be going into the championship game as my final high school game ever. It’s going to be a tough fight but I have a lot of confidence with our team because we have worked extremely hard all season to get to the position we’re at right now.” 

After the game, Castro, explains that “Becoming a back to back division 1 champion has been a bittersweet ending to my last tennis season as a senior. I am extremely proud of my team and on how hard we have worked all year starting off without a coach, very limited practice courts, and no home courts. I’m going to be very satisfied looking back in a couple years remembering the feeling of what it was like to accomplish these titles back to back.”

Sophomore, Jamie Mendoza, adds on about how “The team felt accomplished winning playoffs again and earning the title of being back to back champions. But the end of this season felt bittersweet because my cousin will be graduating and won’t be here next season”

Sophomore, Lauren Han, said that “In Finals we went against Eagle Rock which was nerve racking as they are a pretty tough school. However I knew I could rely on my team which gave me peace of mind. Also because it was our last game my partner, Claire, and I decided to just try our hardest to win and be reliable to the team. Overall everything was in our favor and I was pretty confident heading into our final game.”

Sophomore, Claire Han, said that “We’re going against Eagle Rock for Finals. I’m excited, but a little nervous because I’ve heard they’re going to be challenging to beat. I’m very sad that this will be our last year with Captain Ashlyn and that the season is coming to an end, but I’m happy that now we can celebrate the end with a banquet and new hoodies!” 

Sophomore, Analilia Coria, describes how “We played against Eagle Rock in the finals. I felt pretty good about the team. I think the team had worked very hard to get to this point not only for themselves but for our only senior Ashlyn Castro. I felt sad about this being our last match of the season but I didn’t play at finals so I didn’t feel sad for myself personally. For the team as a whole, I was a little sad but I know next season will be great!”

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