“We don’t cheer for each other, we don’t watch each other’s matches — we’re just not a very good team.”
That was about the only gripe that Gossard could make Tuesday, as his squad quickly took control of the match with wins in nine of the first 10 sets.
The Tornadoes’ first win came early on in a 7-5 win by No. 2 singles player Gabby Salazar.
Down 9-1, Hoover (1-4, 0-3 in league) added another win — a 7-5 tiebreaker win by No.1 singles player Deija Lighon — to delay CV’s eventual victory.
That victory was made official moments later when the Falcons scored a win in the No. 3 doubles bracket to make the score 10-2.
“I think the girls get better with every match they play,” said Hoover Coach Julie Hoppe, who got a pair of singles wins from Lighon and Salazar. “We have to do well in both doubles and singles, and unfortunately we’re still young and still growing.”
Gossard was able to get all 15 of his players onto the court, getting a 6-0 singles win from No. 1 Sarah Ali over Lighon before going to his bench.
Kay Lee and Erin Levoir earned wins also. Lindsay Walter got a 6-4 win over Salazar, while substituting for Talia Moradkhanian, who was a 6-2 winner in one of her two sets.
It was dominance in doubles that paved the way, however.
The Falcons No. 1 doubles team of Min Jee Kim and Courtney Retsch, making their first start together, led the way with 6-3, 6-2 and 6-1 wins.
Crescenta Valley (2-0 in league) meets fellow league front-runner Glendale (3-0) on Thursday.