In their fourth final in as many years, the Canyon Crest Academy Girls tennis team, at long last, won its first CIF Team Championship by a score of 10-8, defeating Bishop’s Knights in a tense, hard-fought Division 1 battle.
The dual match was secured when the Ravens’ No. 3 sophomore team, Emma Burton and Juliann Li, won their set 6-2 over Bishop’s No. 2 team. The dagger came when senior Hayley Scarano and sophomore Amanda Schiffman, the Ravens’ No. 1 team, won the final set of the day 6-3 over Bishop’s No. 3 team.
Special praise to freshman Charlotte Alexander for holding down her No. 3 singles position on the team. Last, to freshman Jordan Voytilla, sophomore Lily Richard, and to junior Madeline Snigaroff for their contribution in the team’s overall success.
Both seniors, Otilia Popa and Madison Ross, won two of their three sets by overwhelming their opponents in businesslike fashion, helping CCA win the first CIF tennis title in Canyon Crest’s 10-year history.
The Ravens were jubilant in being able to secure the title, as this would be the last chance seniors Popa, Madison, and Scarano would have to bring home the top prize and earn a banner for the school’s gym.
In post-season play, the Lady Ravens swept through Patrick Henry High School, Coronado High, and Westview High on their road to the final. Coach Larry Belinsky gave his team much praise and credit for being focused and steadfast throughout the competition. “They never lost sight of the prize in front of them,” he said. “I am so happy for them.”