Lady Knights tennis team smashes Cuyamaca


Freshman Palia Griffin, the team’s number one singles player, swept the first set 7-0. Photo credit: Michael Markulin

Michael Markulin

The Lady Knights tennis team of San Diego City College destroyed the Lady Coyotes of Cuyamaca, going 9-0 on Thursday.

The Lady Knights began conference play on a roll, getting off to a 4-0 start. However, their match against Grossmont on Feb. 25 was not successful, and they suffered their first loss in conference play.

A week later, the Knights came ready to make a statement in their match against the Lady Coyotes.

The competition began with doubles. Palia Griffin and Desiree Wilson, the number 1 singles tandem for the Knights, showed what a cohesive team they are. They did not drop a game and won the set 8-0 to notch a victory for the  Knights.

Then it was on to singles. Freshman Griffin, the team’s number one singles player, really took it to her opponent, who could not handle her hot serve. Griffin, a graduate of San Diego High School, swept the first set 7-0.

In the beginning of the second set, Griffin had a string of unforced errors and dropped one game. Afterward, she never looked back, beating her opponent 7-1 and grabbing another win for the Knights.

City’s team made it look easy, winning every match, sweeping the season series against the Coyotes.

Jami Yonekura-Jones, the Knight’s coach, explained her goals this season.

“After the great start, finishing top three would be a goal. It would be great to qualify for regionals and always keep improving.”

The Knight’s next three games are away, at Bakersfield on March 4, Victor Valley on March 5, and at Mount San Jacinto on March 8. They return home to play Palomar on March 10.