The Yosemite High School girls tennis team opened the season strong start last week with two victories. On Sept. 3, the Badgers defeated the Hoover Patriots in a closely contested match 5-4 and on the following day defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 6-3.
"We had a very positive week and I am happy with how the girls played," said Aaron Eames, head coach.
Eames has taken over the head coaching position for both the girls and boys teams this season from Stan Lawrence, who is assisting.
"We are very lucky to have Aaron as the head coach," said Lawrence. "He brings a proven history of getting the best out of athletes, with three CIF championships on his résumé two in football and one with girls basketball."
The team returns 10 players from a second place team finish in the North Sequoia League last year, including seniors Allison Ash, Danielle Borreson, Allie Boyer, Natalya Choin, and Angie Du.
Team members Allyson Alm, Jocelyn Boe, Kristin Bonillas, and Sabrina Garcia hope to improve their game as returning juniors with Mia Bullock the lone returning sophomore on the team
Coaches Eames and Lawrence believe Choin and Du are among the best players in the league, with Choin winning the league singles title last year.
Alm's game is improving as she has put in some work during the off-season as well as Boyer who has also made improvements in the off season, according to coaches.
The league is wide open this year with last year's championship team, Liberty, graduating most of their varsity team.
"We have as good a chance as anybody to win league this year," said Eames.
The Badgers host Liberty today (Thursday) at 3:30 p.m. Singles matches will be followed by doubles play.