High Expectations

In its first year of play under Head Coach Laura Rosa, the Highline Women’s Tennis Program had immediate success, with the team finishing second in the NWAC Championships and four Thunderbird players winning individual titles. Also, Coach Rosa whose efforts led to the return of women’s tennis to Highline, was named  NWAC Tennis Coach of the Year.  Looking to build on this foundation, the team returns three sophomores and will be joined by two freshmen.

The 2017/18 Highline Tennis Squad

Highline Tennis
2017/18

Left to Right:

Miriam Cabrera
Danielle Mendoza
Samantha McElwain
Celeste Andreotti
Mary Ahmed
Amila Gogalija

Celeste Andreotti
Celeste Andreotti, coming off two championship in the 2017 NWAC Women’s Tennis Championships in singles and in doubles with Megan Hagerty, starts her sophomore year at Highline. Celeste was a 2-year captain for Coach Kay Lorrain at Auburn Mountainview High School.
Mary Ahmed
Mary Ahmed is a returning sophomore, wiht 2nd places in singles and doubles in the 2017 NWAC Women’s Tennis Championships. Mary joined the team from Kent Meridian High School (Kent, WA). Her former coach Maryann Thorp described her as quiet, easy going, and a “fierce competitor!” Her biggest muscle is her heart, I look forward to watching her game reach a whole new level as a Highline T-Bird!”
Samantha McElwain
Samantha McElwain, now a sophomore, was a singles champion in the NWAC Women Tennis Championships, where she also placed 2nd in doubles with partner Mary Ahmed. Sammie joined the Thunderbirds from Fife High School where she played for Coach Sherri Cail. Coach Cail says, “Sammie is a quiet and determined competitor who served as team captain for two years. Her junior year we won the SPSL 2A League Championship and her senior year she was 12-0 in League play. Sammie is a sweet and hard-working player and also a true athlete.”
Amila Gogalija
Amila Gogalija, an incoming freshman, was the top player for Mountainview HS in Vancouver WA. Under coach Nick Frost she finished 3rd in the 4A high school state tournament. Coach Frost says, “Amila is an incredible talent, I’ve never coached a kid who is as head strong as she is. . . . Highline is getting a player that will never quit on a match, she truly understands what it means to be a competitor and is a great person on top of of that.”

Miriam Cabrera has joined the 2017/18 T-Bird Tennis Team. Miriam is a 3x State Qualifier/Placer from Lincoln HS in Tacoma. T-Bird Head Coach Laura Rosa believes that Miriam will be a key player in the quest for the NWAC title by the second-year T-Birds.

Miriam’s former coach, Minh Nguyen, says, “Miriam is an aggressive lefty, her net game is her biggest strength. She is also the most humble and respectful girl; one of the hardest workers you will ever meet.”

Danielle Mendoza
Danielle Mendoza is a freshman who, according to head coach Laura Rosa, will both make an immediate impact in the NWAC Conference. Danielle played her high school career at Kentwood HS in Kent, WA, where she was a District and State qualifier. Says her coach Ingrid Bakke, “Danielle is a strong team player . . . She is a hard working leader, leading by example with her effort on and off the court. With a strong serves and excellent volleys Danielle is a powerful and talented player.”