Girls Tennis takes home multiple state titles

Girls Tennis

Going into the Girls Tennis Playoffs/State, Overlake’s Singles player Sarina Z. (’26) and Doubles team Sylvia L. (’24)/Sharon Z. (‘25) had high expectations from their success the previous season. Overlake was able to add another doubles team this year in the doubles bracket, with Sadie W. (‘24)/Sae K. (‘26), which made them the favorite to win State as a team. 

“Going in as favorites can put unnecessary pressure on the players, but they were able to trust their work from the season and were able to find success early in the tournament which looked like it got some nerves out of the way,” says Coach Jeff Loranger. “Our cardiac kids Sadie/Sae had a roller coaster of a time playing many three set matches, but ultimately coming out on the right side of most of those matches and finishing 4th in the doubles bracket.”

Sylvia and Sharon played steady as they have all season and were able to use their strong serves and groundstrokes to propel themselves to another Doubles State title going back-to-back as Champions. 

Coach Loranger commented that Sarina was determined for a rematch with the player that beat her in the Semis the previous year. After a tough match in the Semis this year, she was able to get her wish in the Finals playing against the same opponent as before and had a great game plan going into the match. She squeaked out the first set and slowly pulled away in the second set to become this year's Singles State Champion. 

Even though Overlake only had half their team in the State tournament, their success and State Team title is an accomplishment that goes out to every player in the program. “Every day each player came to the courts working hard to improve their own skills, but also pushes each other to make the team better,” Coach Loranger says.