It’s not always easy being best friends. Sometimes it requires being a generous winner or a good loser.
Those dynamics came into play Tuesday when Jenna McDonald, of Palm Desert High School, defeated Ellery Bohrmann, of La Quinta, without dropping a game (6-0, 6-0) to win the Desert Valley League Individual Championship singles tournament.
“We’re like best friends. On the court I try not to think about it; I try to be, like, nice,” said McDonald, a sophomore. “Everyone always says, ‘you (can’t be) friends on the court,’ but that’s not true.
“She wanted to beat me and there’s obviously a rivalry, but in the end we still love each other,” McDonald said.
DVL tennis finals
In doubles action, a team from Palm Desert did not win for the first time in recent memory, giving way to the freshman team of Bryana Quintana and Maddy Rhodes from Xavier Prep.
Palm Desert’s doubles entry of Jackie Lacy and Victoria Delapaz fell to Quintana-Rhodes 6-4, 6-4 in the finals.
The two teams were a portrait of opposites. The junior-sophomore combo of Delapaz-Lacy came into the match without having dropped a game in the DVL tournament and the top seed in the league, while Quintana and Rhodes had only begun playing together Monday.
“Both Maddy and I were both playing singles the whole season so we just had one practice set on Friday, and we played together for the first time (yesterday),” Quintana said.
“We just were thrown together because we were (Nos.) 2 and 3 (on the team) in singles, and we couldn’t beat our No. 1 seed Tiani Jadulang, and so our coach (Danielle Iseli) thought we had a good chance of winning in doubles. I think that we were a good team and I think that was a good strategy.”
It also helped that Quintana and Lacy have played with each other several times, which the freshman said she was able to use to her advantage.
Meanwhile, the singles match held true to historical form with Palm Desert’s McDonald cruising to victory over her cross-town rival Bohrmann.
“I was just tired from my first match and Jenna’s really, really good and she played out of her mind and I just didn’t bring it in the finals,” Bohrmann said. “It’s not as weird as it sounds like it would be, playing your best friend.
“Like I feel like when I play her I can’t get as mad as I want to on the court … so it kind of calms me down,” she added.
Both finalists from both the doubles and singles matches will advance to the CIF Individual Championship to be held Nov. 25 with the time and place yet to be determined.