Parkland girls tennis team wins league titles
The incredible ride known as the 2019 Parkland girls tennis season continued last week, when the squad won the East Penn Conference regular season and tournament titles.
“What can I say, it’s just another chapter in a storybook season,” said Trojan coach Mike HIngston.
The Lady Trojans finished 14-0 in the EPC and 16-1 overall.
The conference championships were “a long time in coming,” according to the coach. Many of the players on this year’s championship squad were instructed or mentored years ago by teammates who have since graduated.
“Those girls really laid the foundation,” Hingston said.
The triumph was not easy. In addition to playing some quality opponents, the Lady Trojans needed to stay focused over several days.
Parkland’s Joanna Wu won number one singles was able to control her emotions and play solid tennis.
“It wasn’t easy,” the coach said. “She had a little bit of the nerves on her, but she got it out of her system and our goal was to help her stay in the moment.”
Another champion was freshman Leah Zolotareva, who earned the number three singles title.
“She is fearless,” said Hingston. “Leah played consistent tennis.”
In order to win her title, Zolotareva had to endure a tough match against an outstanding opponent, who was playing conservative tennis, hoping Zolotareva would make mistakes.
During the match, Hingston told her she had to move the ball to the corners. This move was risky, as it increases the opportunity to make unforced errors.
“But I told her ‘you need to play aggressive,’” he said.
The tactic paid off, as the ninth-grader played brilliant tennis to claim the crown.
The Trojans also swept the doubles titles. Freshman Erin Joo and Anshika Gupta won number two doubles, while Sophia Lee and Maya Paul claimed number three doubles. Kalia Miles and Anabel Stein took number four doubles.
“We spend a lot of time on doubles,” Hingston said.
District singles start Sept. 30, with district team play set for Oct. 7.