The Dublin High School Girls Tennis team concluded its season on Thursday after celebrating a historic level of success. For the first time ever, the Gaels claimed a league title after winning the East Bay Athletic League’s Valley Division. Despite the reputation of the Valley Division being the “lower” division, Dublin posted three victories over Mountain Division foes – Foothill, Carondelet, and Dougherty Valley en route to a 10-3 overall record.
By virtue of winning an EBAL title, the Gaels earned an automatic berth into the North Coast Section (NCS) Team Tennis playoffs, only their 2nd berth in school history and their first since 2003. Dublin was the 8th seed, and defeated #9 seed Northgate by a score of 5-2 to post their 1st ever postseason victory.
Maya Peav and Alyssa Ma won in straight sets in Singles, while Sehej Sondh and Khloe Tan won in straight sets in Doubles to give the Gaels a 3-2 advantage, while #4 Singles player Niyati Ravi and #3 Doubles team Thanh Duong and Shivani Sridhar prevailed in three sets to seal the win.
Dublin ended up falling 1-6 to top seeded Monte Vista in the NCS Quarterfinals, but it was still a strong showing for the Gaels with Peav winning her match and several others playing competitively against the likely NCS champion.
Following the conclusion of the NCS Team Tennis Tournament, Dublin’s top Singles player Maya Peav earned the #4 seed at the NCS Singles Tournament after pushing the 4-time EBAL and defending NCS Champion Montana Parkinson-Lubold of Amador Valley to a 3rd set tiebreaker in the EBAL Tournament. Peav won her first two matches in straight sets, advancing to the Semifinals before losing another tight match to Parkinson-Lubold. In both EBAL and NCS, Peav provided the toughest challenge to the eventual champion, and she ended up earning a 3rd place medal.
The future also looks very bright for Dublin, as 8 of the team’s top 10 players will all be returning next season. Dublin is looking forward to the opportunity to compete in the Mountain Division, and despite the tougher schedule appears to be in the mix to win another EBAL title in 2024 as several of the other top schools graduate their best players.
Congratulations to Head Coach Jason Wilson and the entire program on the unprecedented levels of success, and Dublin High Athletics is excited for what the future has in store for the Gaels!