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If you don’t succeed, try, try again.

These girls are one swing closer to their goal.

Four tennis players from Morse competed in the CIF Individuals on November 6-7 at the Balboa Tennis center in an attempt to earn the title of CIF champions, which ended in defeat for Morse.

During their days of summer vacation, CIF qualifiers, Holly Phan, Leanmarie Manuel, Charyna Delos Santos, and Brianna Arroyo could be caught at the MLK tennis courts, conditioning and preparing for the season – working towards their goal of making it to CIF.

“Tennis took up all of my free time,” Manuel, a tennis first year, revealed. “You have to eat and sleep right so you’re ready to work hard.”

The team has not won a CIF title in three years, and thus the title stands as a goal for them throughout every season.

Besides the overall drive to bring home a banner, the team had their own personal motivations for their hard work.

“I just wanted to be a better captain for my team and make my family proud, since they all play,” Delos Santos, captain of the singles team, said.

Other players wanted to prove to themselves that they could play.

“It’s my senior year, and I didn’t make it last year, so I had to go this time,” Arroyo, a second-year player, explained.

With a team filled with first-year players and returners, a relationship was built, which was reflected on the courts and assisted the team in their trek to CIF.

“I loved the bond I had with my doubles partner,” Phan, captain of the doubles team, told. “We learned how to communicate with each other on and off the court and with that, we knew how to play.”

Arroyo and Delos Santos are both singles players, while Manuel and Phan are doubles partners.

With a season working towards this match, the nerves run high throughout the entire experience.

“The scariest part was watching all the other teams,” Manuel shared. “You have no idea who
you’re playing, but it gives you an adrenaline rush.”

No matter the fear rushing through them, the team fought at CIF with a team cheering them on through every swing of the racket.

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