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AOW: Bonilla closes season with first CIF victory and doubles title

November 06, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

For four years Bianca Bonilla and her Southwest High tennis teammates had been chasing the dream of a CIF San Diego Section team victory.

Two of those years they narrowly missed by a few points, and the other year they just got beat by a better team.

Finally in her senior year, it happened. It took lots of time, dedication and three first-round losses, but on Oct. 30 Bonilla and her teammates from the El Centro school broke the streak as they defeated Point Loma 11-7 to earn their first CIF victory.

"We were all just super excited about that win. On Tuesday everything we worked for came together. And that was kind of like our reward," said the 17-year-old. "That just felt great. We finally were able to do it. It was kind of a heartbreaker losing those other CIF matches in the tiebreaker. But against Point Loma we proved ourselves to ourselves."


Against Point Loma, Bonilla, the team's No. 3 player, earned two wins, beating Point Loma's No. 1 7-5 and its No. 3 6-1.

"We put everything we had into it. Everything we had worked for was for that. It wasn't that we needed it. It's more like we just wanted it so bad," she said.

Things didn't go as planned the following day as Southwest was bounced from the playoffs, losing 16-2 to San Pasqual. Bonilla accounted for one of Southwest's two set points.

After the disappointment of losing in the second round of CIF, things turned around for Bonilla.

On Friday she teamed with Judy Hsu and won the Imperial Valley League doubles title at the league finals.

"Winning IVLs was just a nice ending to a good season," said Bonilla. "It's tough to say which meant more, winning the CIF match or winning IVLs. I wanted us to succeed as a team, but I also wanted to succeed individually. But I think succeeding as a team felt better, because we all felt that together as a team."

Said Eagle coach Genaro Piniero of Bonilla: "She's just a good all-around player. From the get-go her freshman year, she's been very valuable to this team. She really has solidified this team and she's given us the strength to go undefeated in league over the last two years. She just means a lot to this team."

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