Girls Tennis Can't Topple City Champs Whitney Young

Christina Tadin Staff Writer The Latin Girls Varsity Tennis Team hit the courts this past Wednesday to play a tough match against Whitney Young. Whitney Young has been the city champion for two consecutive years, so the lady Romans had legitimate reasons to be nervous. As the two teams stood face to face during the introduction ceremony, the ratio of Whitney Young players to Latin’s was about 3 to 1. “It is always hard playing larger schools because they are much better, higher-skilled players,” said junior Brittany Kraff, Latin’s 1st singles player. Brittany was correct indeed. Latin junior Christina Tadin played in the 1st singles spot, filling in for Brittany, who is currently on the DL. Tadin played a Whitney Young freshman who unfortunately dictated most of the match, winning 6-4,6-1. Latin’s 1st doubles team of senior Pamela Babington and sophomore Cameron Arkin also lost to Whitney Young seniors Brittany Ballog and Gabi Moore, both of whom played at the IHSA State Tournament last year. Besides the many talented players Whitney has, it definitely did not help that they had at least twenty cheering and screaming fans. But 3rd singles player Julie Sarne says, “You just have to ignore it; you cannot let it get to your head otherwise it messes up your game.” Julie, clearly listening to her own advice, won a great match with her partner, sophomore Christina Bianco, thus proving that Latin girls are in fact capable of winning against tough teams. And luckily for the team, more good news seems to be headed their way. Freshman Victoria Lancaster, who moved from Milwaukee just last week, has taken the 2nd doubles spot and looks as though she will have a promising season. The team takes the courts again this Tuesday against Lab at Waveland, so be sure to drop by and show them the support they deserve!]]>