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August 12, 2009 > Trojans swing for success in tennis

Trojans swing for success in tennis

By Idorenyin Uto-Uko

School is right around the corner. That means tennis will be back in the swing of things for Milpitas senior Katie Le and her Trojan teammates. Le simply torched the courts with her play last season. She went 33-0 and gave Milpitas its first Central Coast Section Champion in school history.

According to the highly regarded Web site, Le is a "4-star" athlete ranked in the top 50 nationally, and eighth in California for high school players. The talented Trojan tennis ace was named as the best player in the South Bay by various publications. This summer she was able to team up with the best player in the East Bay, junior Jamie Pawid from Castro Valley. The two played together in double competition at the National Junior Tennis Championships and placed third. Pawid and Le work out together at Club Sport in Fremont.

Milpitas coaches Dong Pham and Thien Hua will not simply rely on Le's accolades to carry them. Last season the team was Co-Champions of the El Camino Division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League.

"We have some good players. Junior Vivian Nguyen should be a good #2 again for us," said Hua. Hua believes Le and Nguyen will give the team its potential for an excellent one two punch.

Hua, is also looking for junior Danitca Reatiraga and incoming freshman Claudia Chau to step up bring and provide some depth.

"Claudia is a very smart player. She has good foot speed. I would like to keep her down on junior varsity for the season," said Hua. "But, I know she has a good chance at varsity. Danitca is good as well. She is learning to focus on the mental aspects of the game."

Even though Hua and Pham understand that they have a good group of girls that play in the singles category. They know that they will have to step it up doubles competition if they are going to win league again and return the C.C.S. Championships.

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