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Westview makes the most of its opportunity

Aloha wins the top singles match, but the Wildcats win the rest
by: Miles Vance OVER THE TOP — Westview's Swetha Malineni serves during her Metro League victory at second singles against Aloha on Monday at Westview High School.

ROCK CREEK - If nothing else, the Westview and Aloha girls tennis teams were just glad to get on the court and play Monday afternoon.

The Wildcats and Warriors, after struggling to find court time for practice or play during the rain-soaked start to their 2011 season, hit the courts for real on Monday at Westview High School. And Westview made the most of its opportunity, rolling past Aloha 7-1 in both teams' Metro League openers.

'It was our first match of the year so I was a little concerned but … it was a good day,' said Westview coach Tom Lefor. 'It was a good chance to finally get out there, get going and see what we could do.'

Aloha, meanwhile, lost for the first time after two non-league wins, and fell to 0-1 in league and 2-1 overall. Still, like Westview, it was glad to get on the court and compete.

'It's been a struggle with the weather, but I'm just glad we were able to get the first match of the season in on time,' said Aloha coach Anthony Tran.

While Westview held the upper hand most of the way on Monday, Aloha did break through with a victory in the day's feature match at No. 1 singles, where Warrior senior Lilly Do battled past Westview freshman Roopa Ramanujam 6-4, 6-0.

Ramanujam held her own most of the way through the opening set, but Do cane through when she had to for that 6-4 win, then carried her momentum into the second set and rolled to a 6-0 win and match victory.

She 'had a bit of a slow start, but got it together for a more aggressive second set,' Tran said of Do. 'The match was closer than the score showed, (and) the weather played a large factor in the result of this match.'

'Some of it was just inexperience on Roopa's part. It's all new to her, and I've told her that she'll be facing really good players every time out,' Lefor said. And Do 'brings good experience. It was that, and just some unforced errors and mental things that turned the match.'

But it was all Westview, all the time in the day's other matches. Swetha Malineni outlasted Elizabeth Vinesse at second singles 7-5, 6-4, and Westview juniors Abi Little and Theresa Kim both notched easy wins at third and fourth singles. Little beating Kristina Linitesky 6-0, 6-0, and Kim taking out Michelle Valdez 6-1, 6-1.

'We got some consistent play from our returners, and the girls played with confidence,' Lefor said.

'Our other close match was at number two singles,' Tran said. 'Despite her loss, Elizabeth Vinesse played a very good match. (She just needed) more work on consistency and picking safer shots.'

Westview rolled in doubles too, with Dulani Wellappili and Kulani Wellappili edging Angela Moukalled and Susan Yang 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 at first doubles, Chloe Anderson and McKenzie Crawford dropping Lake Sartor and Jeannette Lising 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2, Chewy Xiao and Elizabeth Pham racing past Gladys Tellez and Emily Thompson 6-2, 6-1 at third doubles, and Michelle Rouse and Valerie Frost taking out Vineta Gleba and Avanka Dias 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4.