Cori Sidell’s senior season as the No. 1 singles player of the Carlmont Scots could not have ended any sweeter.
Granted, Sidell’s run as a Scot isn’t quite over. She and Carlmont qualified as a team for the Central Coast Section tournament that begins with action today. But in terms of her career as a Peninsula Athletic League tennis star, it’s safe to say Sidell finished by saving her best performance for last.
A year after falling to Mariko Iinuma in the same match, the PAL individual championship duel, Sidell found herself having to compete against another Hillsdale Knight, Cindy Liu, for a chance at redemption. For PAL fans, it was a dream matchup, with arguably the two best players (seeded No. 1 and No. 2 for the tournament) facing off against each other in what was sure to be another epic battle. And the winner would not only capture the league’s individual title, but get a bit of bragging rights to go with it as the two split matches during the regular season.
“Every time I play [Liu], it’s a close match,” Sidell told the Daily Journal. “I look forward to the challenge.”
Sidell was dead on with her assessment. The two went back and forth for three sets. But at the end of the affair, Sidell picked up the biggest win of her high school career, besting the talented Liu 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.
For her efforts, Sidell is the San Mateo Daily Journal Athlete of the Week.