"Play with respect.

​Win with Grace."

Roger Federer

Welcome to the Torrey Pines High School Girls Tennis Team homepage. "Play with respect. Win with Grace" is a perfect descriptor for the Girls Tennis program at Torrey Pines High School. The TPHS Girls Tennis Team has historically been one of the best in the state . As of 2018 the Falcons have won the North County Conference title 28 years in a row with many of their graduating seniors going on to play college tennis at fine schools such as Duke, Yale, USF, Clairemont-Mudd ...

While the TPHS Girls Tennis team has reputation as a powerhouse in California girls tennis, winning has been and continues to be a secondary goal. The development of skills, attitudes and dispositions that will prepare young athletes for a lifetime of fulfillment as responsible adults and citizens is of paramount importance.


Varsity Coach: Don Chu


Before assuming the position as Coach of the Torrey Pines Varsity Girls Tennis Team in Fall 2018 Don coached the JV Boys Tennis Team at Torrey Pines in 2017. Sports have always been an important part of his life beginning in his formative years in New York City, through his college sport career at Oberlin College. A relative late comer to tennis, he developed his teaching and coaching skills as an assistant tennis pro at Mamaroneck Yacht and Tennis Club, as a graduate teaching associate at Stanford University. and over several summer's coaching tennis in Wiltshire, England. After his academic career as a professor, researcher and university administrator he retired in 2014 and renewed his lifelong interest working with youth in sport through Pro Kids First Tee in Oceanside and now as a coach at TPHS. Don's greatest accomplishment is his five children and five grandchildren who are widely dispersed throughout the US.

You may reach Coach Don directly through his email donchuphd@gmail.com

Junior Varsity Coach: Skip Strode


Born and raised in San Diego, Skip, the youngest of 3, began playing tennis at 5 years old along with his brother who also played professionally and sister. Skip was a top junior tennis player in Southern California and won the California State Championship 16U division. He played nine years on the ATP professional tour and was ranked in the top 100 in the world in singles and top 50 in the world in doubles (with his brother Buzz). He has played all 4 Grand Slam tournaments: Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open. He reached the quarterfinal of the US Open and Australian Open in doubles. He reached the finals of 2 Grand Prix tournaments in singles. He also won the Hong Kong Grand Prix in doubles. He has coached tennis since finishing on tour and coached both pros and amatures. Presently his oldest son Isaiah is playing on the pro circuit and has been ranked in the top 900 on the ATP circuit.

He received his Bachelor's degree in Pastoral Ministry from San Diego Christian College and continued his studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, where he received his ThM in Theology. He served in an inner city church for 5 years where he met his wife, Ruth. They are blessed with six children.

To contact Coach Strode directly you may reach him at his email skipstrode@hotmail.com

2018 Girls Tennis Team schedule

Tryouts and evaluation

August 14 Tuesday 10am team meeting, 11-2pm open hitting practice

August 15-16 Wed-Th 11am-2pm tryouts

August 20 Monday-August 23 Thursday 11am-2pm tryouts

August 27 Monday TBD

August 28 First day of school; Varsity and JV team announcement; practice times TBD

Competitions and practices

Practices every Monday unless indicated. All practice times TBD


August 29 Wednesday-SDA match. Varsity at TP, JV at SDA 3:15


September 4 Tuesday San Pasqual; varsity home, jv away 3:15

September 6 Thursday Rancho Bernardo; varsity home, jv away 3:15

September 10 Monday Titan Doubles Tourn.; varsity vs. Poway at TP, JV at Poway (3:3 match format) 3:15

September 11 Tuesday Westview; varsity away, jv home 3:15

September 13 Thursday La Costa Canyon; varsity away, jv home 3:15

September 17 Monday Titan Doubles Tournament; TBD for both varsity and JV 3:15

September 18 Tuesday Mission Hills; varsity home, jv away 3:15

September 20 Tuesday San Marcos; varsity away, jv home 3:15

September 24 Monday Titan Doubles Tournament TBD for both varsity and JV 3:15

September 25 Tuesday Carlsbad; varsity away, jv home 3:15

September 27 Thursday Canyon Crest; varsity home, jv away 3:15

September 28 Friday-September 29 Saturday Point Loma Tournament for varsity 9 or11am, 1 or 3pm


October 2 Tuesday La Costa Canyon; varsity home, jv away 3:15

October 4 Thursday Mission Hills, varsity away, jv home 3:15

October 9 Tuesday San Marcos; varsity home, jv away 3:15

October 11 Thursday Carlsbad; varsity home, jv away 3:15

October 16 Tuesday Canyon Crest; varsity away, jv home 3:15

Varsity Championship Season

October 22 Monday-October 26 Friday CIF Team Tournament

October 29 Monday-November 1 Thursday League Tournament

November 5 Monday-November 9 Friday CIF Individual Tournament

November 16 Friday-November 17 Saturday State Regionals

Varsity and JV Girls Tennis Teams TPHS 2018

Thank you to all the athletes who have tried out for the TPHS Girls Varsity and Junior Varsity Tennis teams. Following are team rosters as of August 22, 2018. Changes to players competing at varsity and junior varsity levels will be announced weekly.


Carolina Altbaum

Grace Chen

Kendall Drapeau

Lillian Kong

Micah Levy

Shadi Mohebbi

Mackenzie Miller

Payton Parker

Neha Pubbi

Sonia Pfahl

Heidi Shen

Carol Tu

Sofia Vendituoli

Anna Ybarrola

Joy Zheng

Junior Varsity

Isabelle Amaya

Yasamin Anjomshooa

Ashley Chammas

Julianna DiPietro

Coral Heimen

Emma Lee

Jenny Lee

Olivia Li

Melody Mao

Lauren Miller

Olivia Miller

Grace Mines

If you have any questions about this list contact Coach Don. Practice schedule for the remainder of the season will be announced August 23rd.