The Year in Review
In its second year of existence, the team once again finished second in the NWAC to Bellevue in what has turned out to be a quickly developing rivalry. The 2018 NWAC Women’s Tennis saw Highline’s Samantha McElwain winning the #4 title over Kathleen Nolan of Bellevue. It was McElwain’s second singles championship. Amila Gogalija (#1) and Celeste Andreotti (#2) finished second in singles matches, and teamed to finish second in #1 doubles. McElwain teamed with Miriam Cabrera took second in #2 doubles. Danielle Mendoza (#5) and Cora Padilla (#6) finished third in singles.
NWAC Player of the Week (Week 4)
“Freshman Miriam Cabrera, plays both #2 and #3 singles for Highline as well as #1 and #2 doubles,” said Thunderbird head coach Laura Rosa. “This week Miriam won at #2 singles against Treasure Valley and then the next day pulled off an amazing win at #3 singles against Bellevue. The match was tied with a team score of 4-4, Miriam’s court was the last match in play, she embraced the pressure and just kept forcing the pace. She pulled off a huge victory against an excellent opponent, winning 7-5, 6-3. This secured the first ever team win for the Thunderbirds over Bellevue College. Miriam is a powerful lefty, her first serve is arguably currently the most dominant in the Conference. Miriam is also an excellent student, she is planning a career in Electrical Engineering.”
NWAC Player of the Week (Week 2)
Celeste Andreotti, Auburn Mountainview HS / Auburn, WA., plays both #2 and #3 singles for Highline and #1 and #2 doubles. She went 3-1 in singles this past week with her only loss coming against NCAA D2 Stanislaus State, making her 6-3 on the season in singles, including 3 wins this week against California JC’s. In doubles, she is also 6-3 on the season including 3 wins against 4 year teams at the #1 position.
“Celeste is a crafty, smart player who simply does not give up in points; the longer the rally the more focused she becomes,” said HC head coach Laura Rosa. “She is a lefty who physically will do whatever needs to happen to walk off the court with a win. Celeste is the T-Bird team captain and an outstanding student who is currently dually enrolled at both Highline College and Central WU where she is working on a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.”
NWAC Player of the Week (Week 1)
Mountain View HS / Vancouver, WA. is Highline’s #1 singles and #1 doubles player. She is undefeated at both including 3 wins against 4-year schools. (Whitworth, College of Idaho & University of Puget Sound) and 2 Conference wins (Spokane and Bellevue)
“All-court player, amazing shot selection, point construction and just simply knows how to win,” said HC head coach Laura Rosa. “Amila is smooth and confident in both her footwork and strokes. She brings up the game for everyone on the team, absolute delight to coach and committed to improving every time she steps on court.”
The 2017/18 Highline Tennis Squad
Cora Padilla / Samantha McElwain / Danielle Mendoza / Miriam Cabrera /
Amila Gogalija / Celeste Andreotti / Lwam Woldemariam