TPHS girls varsity tennis finishes strong amid challenges

The TPHS varsity girls tennis team defeated Canyon Crest Academy on total games won (76-71) after tying in sets 9-9 in the CIF San Diego Section Open Division team championships on Oct. 28, clinching the title for the 32nd time in TPHS’s history and the first time since 2017. 

Prior to this five-year drought, TPHS won the CIF Open Division title 28 times in a row. So the 2023 team has not only brought back another trophy, but something much more powerful: the formidable legacy of the TPHS girls tennis team. 

“It’s been a long time coming,” Anna Ding (12), one of the four co-captains of the team, said. “We’ve been trying to win it every single year, and I feel so lucky and happy to have finally won, especially in my senior year.”

In the last two years, the team lost in the CIF semifinals. According to co-captain Ava Elleraas (12), this was in part due to a lack of camaraderie and unity overshadowing the team’s talent. 

“[The team] was very separated and a lot of people were not involved,” Elleraas said. 

According to Bruce Taub, the team’s assistant coach, the team’s success this year largely stemmed from a palpable shift in this culture — one that stressed complete dedication and diligence.

“Our four [new] captains all agreed to start the process of building a new culture where everybody [is] committed to the team, with all oars in the water rowing in the same direction,” Taub said. “After academics, the team needed to understand that it had to be their number one extracurricular activity and that if they [committed to] that, they would build a bond that’s different from what we had in years past.”

This bond is exactly what the team built. 

“Everyone this year was very into the team and really wanted to be there, so it was easier to do bonding activities, go to team dinners and it just created a better environment,” Elleraas said. 

Another major factor in the Lady Falcons’ triumphant season was the addition of five new freshmen to the team, each of whom, according to Elleraas, brought immense quality and depth to the roster.

But weaving the freshmen’s talents and characters into the team was paramount, and a responsibility that the group’s seniors took on with great care, according to Head Coach Don Chu.

“The nine seniors took [the freshmen] under their wing and helped them grow up, both as tennis players and as young adults,” Chu said.

Juny Huh (9), one of the five freshmen, said she felt the effects of this support.

“Going into the season, I was expecting just to know [a few] people,” Huh said. “But after [meeting the team], I was friends with every single person, and I didn’t really expect that.”

Still, the team’s victorious season did not come without adversity. 

Throughout the regular season, the girls faced the challenge of having to play each of their matches away, due to the remodeling of the TPHS tennis courts. Even more formidable were the challenges they faced in post-season. A slew of scheduling conflicts in the North County Conference Coastal League individual and San Diego Section CIF team tournaments “made it even more difficult for the girls,” Chu said.

According to Huh, the girls received the Coastal League competition schedule one day prior to the tournament, which explained that all matchplay would be completed within one day. However, on the day of the tournament — after some matches were already completed — the tournament organizers unexpectedly shifted the semifinals and finals matches to the next day. Co-captains Rebecca Kong (12) and Natalia Mochernak (12) were forced to withdraw from the tournament due to prior commitments.

For the players like Elleraas, Ding and Huh that were able to attend the added day, a poorly scheduled starting time prevented them from finishing their final matches before sunset.

“It just ended up being like, ‘Oh, you guys are co-champions. You guys tied for the final,’” Huh said. 

Shortly before the commencement of Coastal League, the team was relayed information from the CIF SDS seeding committee by TPHS Athletic Director Charlenne Falcis-Stevens that they would be first seed moving into team CIFs. The girls were shocked to discover that they were bumped to second seed upon receiving the draws, while their rival, CCA, was placed at seed one.

“When we heard that we weren’t the first seed as we had expected, there was a lot of confusion,” Ding said. “We felt that it had been stolen from us, like we were supposed to have had that draw.”

Even amidst all these difficulties, the team found the resilience to emerge triumphant as a united force.

“[The challenges] created an opportunity for the girls to deal with adversity,” Taub said. “It didn’t feel right at times, but it forced us to galvanize as a group and push forward.”

As the nine seniors of the team take a bow and head off the sparkling stage of their high school careers, trophies in hand, the spotlight is now on the future. 

“I’m very excited for the freshmen to come back [next year]. They will be the nucleus of the team,” Taub said. “They will continue to develop and get better and the team will get better as a result.”

And though they have big shoes to fill and will likely face challenges as the team did this year, Chu believes that this season’s experience was vital in preparing the young players for the years ahead. 

“To do as well as we did with the challenges we faced, it gives the girls and anyone who watched their season this year the hope that we can overcome anything,” Chu said. 

62 thoughts on “TPHS girls varsity tennis finishes strong amid challenges

  1. I must say, as a lot as I enjoyed reading what you had to say, I couldnt help but lose interest after a while. Its as if you had a wonderful grasp on the subject matter, but you forgot to include your readers. Perhaps you should think about this from far more than one angle. Or maybe you shouldnt generalise so considerably. Its better if you think about what others may have to say instead of just going for a gut reaction to the subject. Think about adjusting your own believed process and giving others who may read this the benefit of the doubt.

  2. It’s the best time to make a few plans for the future and it’s time to be happy.
    I have read this put up and if I could I want to recommend you few attention-grabbing things or advice.
    Perhaps you can write next articles referring to
    this article. I wish to learn more things about it!

  3. Hi there, You have done a fantastic job. I will definitely digg
    it and personally suggest to my friends. I’m sure they’ll be benefited from
    this web site.

  4. When I originally commented I appear to have clicked
    the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now whenever a comment is added I get four emails with the exact same
    comment. Is there a means you are able to remove me from that service?
    Appreciate it!

  5. It’s difficult to find well-informed people on this topic,
    but you sound like you know what you’re talking about!

  6. I’m gone to tell my little brother, that he should also pay a
    visit this blog on regular basis to get updated from hottest reports.

  7. Fascinating blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it
    from somewhere? A design like yours with a few simple tweeks would really make my blog jump out.
    Please let me know where you got your design. Cheers

  8. Remarkable issues here. I’m very glad to see your article.

    Thank you a lot and I am looking forward to touch
    you. Will you please drop me a e-mail?

  9. Have you ever considered publishing an e-book or guest authoring
    on other websites? I have a blog based on the same information you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information. I know my
    readers would value your work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to send
    me an e mail.

  10. Howdy this is kinda of off topic but I was wanting to know if
    blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have
    to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding experience so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  11. I was more than happy to discover this website. I
    need to to thank you for ones time for this wonderful read!!
    I definitely savored every part of it and i also have you saved
    to fav to look at new information on your blog.

  12. Every weekend i used to pay a visit this web page, as i want enjoyment, as this this web page conations
    actually nice funny data too.

  13. Hello there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this website before but
    after looking at many of the posts I realized it’s new to me.
    Anyways, I’m certainly delighted I stumbled upon it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking
    back frequently!

  14. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wished to say
    that I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case
    I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon!

  15. Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging
    on sites I stumbleupon on a daily basis.
    It’s always interesting to read through content from other authors and practice a
    little something from other web sites.

  16. You made some good points there. I looked on the internet
    to find out more about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this

  17. Greate pieces. Keep posting such kind of info on your
    site. Im really impressed by your site.
    Hi there, You’ve done an excellent job. I will
    definitely digg it and personally suggest
    to my friends. I am confident they will be benefited from
    this site.

  18. Link exchange is nothing else except it is simply placing the
    other person’s blog link on your page at appropriate
    place and other person will also do same in favor of you.

  19. This is the perfect website for anybody who really wants
    to understand this topic. You know so much
    its almost tough to argue with you (not that I personally would
    want to…HaHa). You definitely put a brand new spin on a subject which has been discussed for a long
    time. Great stuff, just excellent!

  20. I am genuinely happy to read this blog posts which includes lots of useful data, thanks for providing these data.

  21. Hi there! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any issues with hackers?
    My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing a few months of hard work due to no back
    up. Do you have any solutions to prevent hackers?

  22. I used to be suggested this web site by way of my cousin. I’m now not
    certain whether this put up is written via him as no one else recognize such distinct
    about my trouble. You’re incredible! Thank you!

  23. great points altogether, you simply won a logo new reader.
    What would you suggest in regards to your publish that you just made a few days in the past?
    Any positive?

  24. Отдельного внимания заслуживают Crash-игры — инновационный и уже популярный вид развлечения, где игроки делают ставки на рост множителя, пытаясь забрать выигрыш до обнуления ставки.

  25. Does your site have a contact page? I’m having problems locating it
    but, I’d like to send you an email. I’ve got some creative ideas for your
    blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great website and I look forward to seeing it improve over time.

  26. I am really loving the theme/design of your weblog.

    Do you ever run into any web browser compatibility issues?
    A couple of my blog visitors have complained about my website
    not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Chrome.
    Do you have any tips to help fix this problem?

  27. You could certainly see your expertise in the article you write.
    The arena hopes for even more passionate writers like
    you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. All the time follow your

  28. Hello there! This post couldn’t be written any better!
    Reading this post reminds me of my good old room mate!
    He always kept talking about this. I will forward this article to him.
    Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

  29. You can certainly see your skills within the article you write.
    The sector hopes for more passionate writers such as you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe.
    Always follow your heart.

  30. My developer is trying to convince me to move to .net from
    PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses.
    But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using Movable-type on several
    websites for about a year and am anxious about switching to another platform.
    I have heard great things about
    Is there a way I can transfer all my wordpress posts into it?
    Any kind of help would be really appreciated!

  31. My coder is trying to convince me to move to .net from PHP.
    I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses. But he’s tryiong
    none the less. I’ve been using WordPress on a variety of websites for
    about a year and am concerned about switching to another platform.

    I have heard fantastic things about Is there a way I can transfer all my wordpress content into it?
    Any kind of help would be really appreciated!

  32. Hi all, here every person is sharing these know-how, therefore it’s good to read this web site, and I used to visit this weblog every day.

  33. My brother suggested I may like this web site. He was entirely right.
    This publish actually made my day. You cann’t imagine just how much time I had spent for
    this info! Thanks!

  34. Nice blog right here! Additionally your site a lot up very fast!
    What web host are you the use of? Can I am getting your associate link in your host?
    I want my website loaded up as quickly as yours lol

  35. Hurrah, that’s what I was looking for, what a stuff! existing here at this weblog, thanks admin of this site.

  36. I will right away seize your rss feed as I can not to find your email subscription link or e-newsletter service.
    Do you’ve any? Please let me recognize in order that I could subscribe.

  37. В казахстанском селе Хоргос, расположенном на границе с КНР, сотрудники правоохранительных органов республики обнаружили казино и секс-притон, организованный китайскими гражданами.

  38. Excellent site. A lot of helpful info here. I am sending it
    to some pals ans additionally sharing in delicious. And of course, thank you for your effort!

  39. Every weekend i used to visit this site, as i want enjoyment,
    as this this web page conations really pleasant funny data

  40. If some one desires expert view on the topic of blogging afterward i suggest him/her
    to pay a visit this webpage, Keep up the good work.

  41. I’ve been browsing online more than 3 hours today, yet I never found
    any interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me.
    Personally, if all web owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the net will
    be much more useful than ever before.

  42. Howdy! I could have sworn I’ve been to this web site before
    but after browsing through many of the articles I realized it’s new to me.
    Anyways, I’m definitely happy I stumbled upon it and
    I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back regularly!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Previous post Five Lady Falcons represent at the national soccer stage
Next post Day In the Life: Cross Country