The road to the finals ends with a PAC 7 showdown in Division 3 CIF-Southern Section boys tennis.
San Luis Obispo High upset Wilson (Long Beach) 10-8, and Arroyo Grande won 13-5 against Temecula Valley on Wednesday in semifinal road contests.
That sets up a head-to-head final between the two local teams at the Claremont Club on Friday at noon.
“It’s a rare to have a PAC 7 final, and it’s a pretty cool thing,” Tigers coach Ken Peet said. “This is my 30th year of coaching, and we’ve been to the finals twice and three times to semis. But we’ve never had this set-up before.”
Mason Hansen swept his singles matches 6-1, 6-1, 6-1, and Peet said that he’s playing “his best tennis.” Josh Milla and Scott Hicks swept 7-5, 6-3, 6-2. The doubles team of Luke Iunker and Noah Cleere went 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
With the score 9-8 in the last match of the day, Nick Johnson clinched the Tigers’ victory in a singles tiebreaker, winning 7-6 (7-2).
The Tigers (19-4), an unseeded team in the Division 3 playoffs, have upset the No. 1 seed (Valencia), No. 8 (Aliso Niguel), and No. 5 (Wilson) as they gear up to face Arroyo Grande, the tournament’s No. 7 seed.
The Eagles (21-5) were led by Eli Whittle, who swept 6-0, 7-6 (7-5), 6-0, and Sean Hollister, who won his three sets 6-2, 6-3, 6-3.
Winning seven of nine singles sets, the Eagles also took six of nine in doubles. Brian Rozo and Tyler Anderson went 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, and the team of Cole Laughton and Ryley Anderson notched 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 sets.
“We played balanced tennis,” Eagles coach Lori Hollister said. “Eli and Sean both beat the Southwestern League champion, Hayden Hensley, in singles. Our doubles teams really stepped up. We played really well today.”
Hollister said a PAC 7 final is a “great representation of tennis in our county.”
“A lot of people from our area have done a lot to build tennis in our county,” Hollister said. “There are some great teachers and coaches out there who have done so much.”
The Eagles were league champions this year, while the Tigers finished second. Arroyo Grande won both regular season matches against San Luis Obispo, but their first match was a 9-9 thriller decided by a 79-74 advantage in games won. The second match at Arroyo Grande ended in a 12-6 Eagles victory.