Girls tennis keeps their heads high after tough loss


Alexandra Garcia

Wham! Junior Isabella Avila makes a direct serve to her opponent in red from the San Marcos team during her second match of the day, at Buenas home courts.

Sept. 22, Buena Bulldogs girls tennis welcomed the San Marcos Lions in their third home game of the season. The match began with each team lined up facing each other, and as each player was announced, the competitors would touch racquets.

All six games promptly began at once and Duteil passed each court shouting words of encouragement to his players. Playing nine singles, and nine double matches against an older, more experienced team, the Bulldogs did not take the win. However, Coach Duteil was still happy with the outcome. “Every team we’ve played has to outhit us,”  coach Robert Duteil said “it wasn’t anything given.” 

Playing match after match the Buena girls tennis team never gave up despite the score. “

[For the] first time as a coach, I’m able to see a team come off a really tough match and a pretty heavy defeat and be just as happy

— Robert Duteil

,” Duteil said. Their positive attitudes and good sportsmanship was a win on its own. 

Duteil has clear goals for his players, and that is to outhit themselves by the end of the season, however this may prove challenging as some players already have an excellent hit. Duteil takes pride in having one of the biggest, if not the biggest serving team across the league, being able to have a great serve and hit a ball over 70 miles per hour across a court is a phenomenal tool for a team to utilize. 

Although the Bulldogs were unsuccessful this week, their hard work and excellent serves will prove useful in their next match against their cross town rival, Ventura Cougars. Senior athletes are eager to take their last win against the cougars on Sep. 27.