The girls tennis team had to adjust to a new dynamic this season with many seniors from last year leaving and therefore having many new players on the varsity team. Their season ended on Oct. 24 in their final Peninsula Athletic League (PAL) game against San Mateo. Their overall record for the season was 6-10. Although the team didn’t make it as far as it had hoped, sophomore Olina Du says that she feels it still had a successful season.
“We wanted to make it to the PAL tournament as a team, and sadly, we didn’t, but that’s not really the main point for us; we just want to improve and have a fun season, which we did,” Du said.
Coach Bill Smith plans to return next year for another season as coach of the Burlingame tennis team. Beloved by the team, he has played a pivotal role in uniting the team and encouraging each player to improve even after a loss.
“All our team members love our coach. He has a goal of improving us without pushing us too hard. He really cares about our team,” Du said.
Sophomore Vedika Bhaumik explained that the team has established traditions to bring more team spirit to practices and games.
“Our coach brought us food one day at practice, and it was someone’s birthday, and she brought cake,” Bhaumik said. “It’s fun to be able to relax and hang out with the team, and I feel like it bring us closer together.”
The players wrap up the season up with a positive outlook on their experiences. They greatly appreciate the acceptance and bonds that they have formed with one another. Though the team’s initial goal was to make it to the PAL playoffs, it is satisfied with its improvement throughout the season.