Kennedy tennis playoffs and metro champs a success

From left to right: Elyse Ching, Liz Fung, Shannon Lee, Anstonia Ma, Tracy Fang, Katrina Jiang, Aloni Onodera, and Coach Teweles   (For Metro League Conference Doubles Championships)

From left to right: Elyse Ching, Liz Fung, Shannon Lee, Anstonia Ma, Tracy Fang, Katrina Jiang, Aloni Onodera, and Coach Teweles (For Metro League Conference Doubles Championships)

The John F. Kennedy High School Varsity team, consisting of six seniors Anstonia Ma, Shannon Lee, Tracy Fang, Aloni Onodera, Louise Lee, and Becky Mok; six juniors Elyse Ching, Katrina Jiang, Liz Fung, Nicci Fong, Maddie Loui, and Julie Remen), and 2 sophomores (Karen Tsai and Sharon Wong) made it to the Metro League Championships and Playoffs, following a tradition set a few years back. But making those two accomplishments is not the main focus of today’s story. What really astounds is how two young ladies made it farther than many of their predecessors and made school history.

It was a cold morning on Halloween as six members of the Kennedy Varsity Team (Anstonia Ma, Aloni Onodera, Becky Mok, Elyse Ching, Liz Fung, Louise Lee, Nicci Fong, Shannon Lee, Tracy Fang) joined their coach (Coach Teweles) to prepare for their battles on the court.. Anstonia and Shannon were the only ones to get past the first round, but Elyse, Tracy, Katrina, and Aloni put up a long fight before losing 2-8 to their strong opponents.  Shannon and Anstonia then proceeded to play a Valley team that had beat Rosemont 8-1. What ensued was a drawn out game that resulted in a first set tiebreaker. The outcome was a 7-6 and 6-2 win for Kennedy.

The Semi-Finals was the primary stage where skills were really tested. Kennedy lost the first set 0-6 but rebounded just as fast to win the second set 7-5. The third set which would determine everything was beyond stressful as neither side was giving up. Finally, after what seemed to be an eternity, Kennedy won the set point leading to the final set count of 6-4. That was the first time that Kennedy had made it to the finals for the Metro League Championships. They became qualified to go to League Sectionals the following Thursday at Johnson Ranch in Roseville to play the finalists from various other regions. On that day, Anstonia and Shannon made Kennedy history as the first doubles team to disrupt McClatchy’s annual winning streak.
 
Anstonia Ma plays on the tennis team.

One Response to Kennedy tennis playoffs and metro champs a success

  1. Tracy Fang says:

    I think Nicci is a sophomore not a junior! But congrats Anstonia and Shannon for making it so far! 😀 So proud!!

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