The Torrey Pines High girls tennis team has quite the racquet going.
On Thursday, Oct. 30, the team impressively won its 25th consecutive CIF championship at the Barnes Tennis Center. The undefeated Falcons won 17-1 against La Jolla Country Day, with all of the girls dominating their matches.
“Torrey Pines and La Costa Canyon are such fierce rivals, we were expecting to play LCC in the finals,” said senior CC Schwab, who was team captain with senior Kelsey Chen. “Somehow in the seminfinals, La Jolla Country Day got by LCC. At the finals, it was unbelievable — all the LCC girls had ‘Go TP’ shirts on. I don’t think that’s ever happened in the history of LCC and TP to have our rivals cheer for us.”
CC noted that the 17-1 score doesn’t reflect the good competition La Jolla Country Day gave them and said they had a lot of respect for the team and their coach, Jocelyn Burkett.
“This may be the best team Torrey Pines has ever had,” said Coach John deLille, who is in his first season as varsity coach. He was the girls junior varsity coach last year and also coaches the boys varsity tennis team. “They all impress me.”
The girls celebrated by giving Coach deLille a Gatorade shower.
The depth of the girls squad is shown by the endless combinations in the lineup, said CC, who posted wins with close to 10 different players in matches throughout the season.
“It’s been so much fun for me to be a captain of our team. Every single girl on our team is a fantastic player in her own right,” said CC. “We knew that based on talent and numbers, we could win CIF. Our challenge has been to keep the team united and to try to learn from each other. It hasn’t always been easy, since we’re a group of teenage girls, and I’m so proud that our team came through and won the 25th consecutive CIF for TP.”
The team still has work to do, prepping for the state championships, which begin Nov. 18.
As deLille said, the biggest challenge ahead will be keeping everyone focused on the task at hand and not letting outside distractions get to them.