The Highlanders swept a pair of West Alameda County League away matches last week. On October 1, the Highlanders shut out Arroyo, 7-0. Two days later, Piedmont downed Alameda, 5-2.
Against the Dons in San Lorenzo, Bridgette McEfee won the No. 1 singles match over Rebecca Martinez, 6-3, 6-1. Audrey Call took the No. 2 match against Ewan Son, 6-0, 6-2. Audrey Mahany made her singles debut at No. 4 and defeated Lorraine Tran, 6-0, 6-0.
Morgan Bouch and Mara LaForte teamed to win the No. 1 doubles match over Jaksiya Bean and Angelina Tran, 6-2, 6-0. The closest match of the day was at No. 2 doubles, where Michaela Bini and Anne Jumper beat Deanne Guan and Mylan Yu, 6-2, 7-5.
Assistant coach Corey Reich set the stage for the more competitive Alameda match: “As is always the case in Alameda, the wind and sun were major factors, but we handled the elements well and even started using the wind to our advantage. Alameda has a very solid number one, Kyra Yee, the coach’s daughter, and two experienced doubles teams.”
In singles, #2 Audrey Edel beat Olivia Willard 6-0, 6-3, and #3 Bridgette McEfee defeated Nisha Johnson, 6-1,6-3.
Reich commented that “both played extremely well, solid and patient from the back court, but aggressive on short balls, and turned in their best wins of the season.”
At #4 singles, Hannah Ferguson overcame Natalee Chin, 7-5, 6-4. Reich noted that “Hannah tweaked her back in the first game of the match, but gritted out an impressive straight set win.”
Audrey Call and Marlowe McEfee beat Adeline Rickard and Claire Fox 6-2, 6-4 at #1 doubles, “establishing themselves as the top doubles team in the league”, according to Reich.
Austen Elvekrog and Maddie Young defeated Katherine Legg and Alison Kwon, 6-4, 6-2, completing the Piedmont wins against the Hornets.
The Highlanders play next against Hayward on October 8 and Castro Valley on October 10. Both home matches start at 3:30 pm.
Photos by Brian Mahany