Mtn. View girls swing past competition in tennis, head to CCS playoffs for second straight season


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Mountain View High’s Elise Joshi follows through on a shot last week against Gunn.

No matter what happens in next week’s playoffs, it’s been a banner year for the Mountain View High girls tennis team. By winning the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division title last week, the Spartans have earned a championship banner to hang in the school gym.

“That’s exactly what we’ve been looking forward to having,” top singles player Alena Pruett said. “It’s nice to finally get that one.”

Eagles embrace challenge that awaits them in daunting De Anza Division of SCVAL

 Yuu Ishikawa
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Sophomore Yuu Ishikawa is Los Altos High’s No. 1 singles player.

By winning the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division last year, the Los Altos High girls tennis team has been rewarded – or some might say punished – with a promotion to the SCVAL De Anza Division this season.

“We’re in for a big battle in the De Anza,” Eagles coach Hung Nguyen said. “It’s probably one of the toughest divisions in the nation.”

Former pro tennis player now coaches local youth


Courtesy of Marisue Jacutin de Mariona
Marisue Jacutin de Mariona of Los Altos played at Wimbledon in 1997. She now coaches the sport and plays in USTA events.

Several Los Altos residents have attended Wimbledon, but there’s one who has actually played in the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament.

Marisue Jacutin de Mariona played in the event in 1997, while she was the top-ranked woman in the Philippines. She lost in the last round of qualifiers at Roehampton.

Former pro tennis player now coaches local youth


Courtesy of Marisue Jacutin de Mariona
Marisue Jacutin de Mariona of Los Altos played at Wimbledon in 1997. She now coaches the sport and plays in USTA events.

Several Los Altos residents have attended Wimbledon, but there’s one who has actually played in the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament.

Marisue Jacutin de Mariona played in the event in 1997, while she was the top-ranked woman in the Philippines. She lost in the last round of qualifiers at Roehampton.


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