Girls’ tennis secures another win against rival Cate


Lauren Kaller

Lola Tennison ’24 lunges for the ball, effortlessly blocking her opponent’s attempt to send the ball past her.

Nisha Reddy, Reporter

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, the Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) girls’ tennis team secured a hard fought win against Cate School Rams (Cate) at Foothill Tech’s home courts, Ventura College. The final score came in at 11-7, and the Dragons were ecstatic about their win.

Kira Branson ‘24 emphasized the team’s expectations before the match, “We recently beat them on their home turf, so we were expecting to beat them on our home turf.” This is just what Branson played to do, finishing all of her matches with impressive scores of 6-1. 

The strong singles lineup consisted of Frances English ’24 in spot one, Anna English ‘24 in spot two and Branson in spot three.


The English twins played hard sets but suffered misfortune in the process. Frances English finished off two sets 6-2 and one set 6-1, adding 3 points to the overall team score. Anna English however, suffered an unfortunate injury and was forced to pull out of the match after a 4-6 loss, subs taking her spot thereafter. 

Despite the injuries, Aditi Shanbag ‘25 stated, “We all pulled it together and won what we needed to win.”

A solid doubles lineup created further success for the Dragons. Line one doubles consisted of Lola Tennison ‘24 and Julia Geib ‘25. Line two had Anna Nelles ‘23 and Aditi Shanbag ‘25, while line three was Saanvi Joshi ‘26 and Camille Bisgard ‘23.

Tennison and Geib crushed their opponents with scores of 6-2, 6-0, and 6-4, leaving no room for doubt or competition. Line two’s efforts ended up in results of 3-6, 4-1, and 6-1, adding one more point to the team total. Line three only played one game, coming close but just losing with a final score of 5-7. 

Coach Richard Geib was excited with the results of the day. “We’re four and five against Cate, which is great news.” Foothill Tech has now gained the upper hand in this enduring rivalry. 

The Dragons hope to continue to thrive at Providence School against Providence on Tuesday, Oct. 18, as the season moves on and their dreams of making it far through CIF playoffs seem closer and closer to reality.


Correction: The singles lineup was incorrectly stated. It has been corrected.

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