NORTHEAST GLENDALE — There's a chance that the Hoover High girls' tennis team might qualify for the postseason. To accomplish that feat, the Tornadoes will need to finish among the top four teams in what's shaping up to be a wide-open Pacific League.
When not participating in a league match, Hoover Coach Julie Hoppe would like for the Tornadoes to compete against difficult opposing squads. The Tornadoes had that opportunity Wednesday against visiting Westridge.
In a match that began in sunlight and ended in moonlight, Hoover suffered a 13-5 defeat.
Hoover dropped to 2-3, while Westridge improved to 3-1 following the four-hour contest that featured three tiebreakers.
"We want to play [nonleague] teams that are better than us to get us ready for league," said Hoppe, whose team is 1-2 in league. "We played better [Wednesday] than we did [Tuesday] when we lost to Burroughs.