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Three Eagles advance past first round of CCS individual tennis tournament

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Los Altos High junior Nadia Ghaffari reached the CCS semifinals last week.

A week after participating in the Central Coast Section team playoffs for the first time, three members of the Los Altos High girls tennis team embarked on another new experience – the CCS individual tournament.

Singles player Nadia Ghaffari reached the semifinals, while the doubles team of Kylie Akiyama and Karina Shah Chavez went as far as the quarterfinals of last week’s tourney, held over two days at Bay Club Courtside in Los Gatos.

LA ousted in 2nd round of tennis playoffs

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Kylie Akiyama, above, teamed with Aline Wu for Los Altos High’s lone win against Los Gatos in the second round of the CCS girls tennis playoffs.

The Los Altos High girls tennis team didn’t have much time to enjoy last week’s first-round win in the Central Coast Section playoffs. The day after cruising to a 5-2 home victory over Salinas, the unseeded Eagles encountered a much tougher team: No. 2 Los Gatos.

The Wildcats prevailed 6-1 in the Nov. 8 match, played on neutral courts at Lynbrook.

Eagles enjoy net gain with youthful lineup

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Nadia Ghaffari plays No. 1 singles for the Los Altos High girls tennis team.

Coach Hung Nguyen admitted to being pleasantly surprised when his Los Altos High girls tennis team opened the season by winning its division of the California Tennis Classic. After the Eagles decisively defeated Mitty three days later, he was convinced that this young squad could be special.

“The team really matured in front of my eyes,” Nguyen said. “They’ve gained a lot of confidence and expect to win when they get on the court.”

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