West Ranch’s Jordyn McBride advances to CIF-SS girls tennis Round of 16

West Ranch's Jordyn McBride gets ready for a return during a match against Valencia at West Ranch on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal

West Ranch girls tennis’ Jordyn McBride has had a very busy schedule the past two days.

Her flight from Minneapolis, Minn. arrived in Los Angeles at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night after four days of competition in the USTA Girls’ National Indoor Championships.

At 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, McBride was at Whittier Narrows Tennis Center preparing for the CIF-Southern Section Round of 32.

It was the farthest McBride had ever traveled for a tournament, but travel fatigue didn’t affect her, as she beat La Canada’s Sophie McKenzie 6-2, 6-2 for a trip to the CIF-SS Round of 16.

“I felt like I was very consistent today,” McBride said. “I felt like I was just out rallying her more so and that my ball was deep and spinning. That’s what worked. I feel like my serve was off, but my forehand was on and my ball was on too.”

The Wildcat had to make some adjustments, however, after playing in the conditions at her previous indoor tournament. She took an extended warmup to get used to playing on outdoor courts again.

“For me, the hardest thing was that in Minneapolis we played on indoor courts which are much faster and there’s a roof and it’s perfect weather,” said McBride, this year’s Foothill League singles champion.

A benefit of going from one tournament to the next, though, was that McBride faced constant competition from some of the top players in the nation multiple days in a row.

“I feel like it was good for me just to see what it was like and playing against good people and hitting against their balls prepared me for CIF,” she said.

The Valencia doubles team of Amanda Tabanera and Carlotta Nonnis-Marzano will also be appearing at the Round of 16 after receiving a bye for the Round of 32. Tabanera and Nonnis-Marzano were this year’s doubles champions at the Foothill League finals.

The Round of 16 will take place today at Seal Beach Tennis Center. Players are set to arrive at 10:30 a.m.

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