Prep Roundup: Arroyo Grande's Whittle wins PAC 7 girls singles title

Arroyo Grande High star junior is 97-0 in her career against PAC 7 competition

sports@thetribunenews.comNovember 2, 2013 

Arroyo Grande High junior singles player Sophie Whittle won the PAC 7 tourney singles championship Friday at Paso Robles High, improving to 43-0 this season.


Arroyo Grande High girls tennis player Sophie Whittle stayed unbeaten on the season Friday, winning the PAC 7 tourney singles championship with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Eagles teammate Lauren Hayashi in the final at Paso Robles High.

Whittle, who reached the title match with a 6-1, 6-1 semifinal win over teammate Melina Rodgers, improved to 43-0 overall on the season.

Eagles coach Lori Hollister said Whittle is a combined 97-0 over her three high school seasons in PAC 7 competition.

“I consider Sophie the epitome of all the quality that tennis athletes should encompass,” Hollister said.

St. Joseph’s Claire Bouquet downed Rodgers 8-0 in the third-place singles match. Hayashi beat Bouquet 6-3, 6-0 in the semifinal round.

The PAC 7 doubles title went to Righetti’s Annette Sousa and Gabi Pereveziev, who topped San Luis Obispo’s Lauren Hutkin and Caroline Burke 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 in the final.

Arroyo Grande’s Joanne Phung and Angelica Gagliano beat Arroyo Grande’s Olivia Madison and Makayla Landers in the third-place match, 8-1.

“I was just really satisfied to see seven of our nine in the starting lineup make all-league out of this tournament,” Hollister said. “That sets a good tone heading into team CIF.”

Los Padres League finals

Nipomo’s doubles team of Ashley Jimenez and Monica Guerrero won its first set 8-4 against Morro Bay’s second doubles team, before losing to the No. 2 doubles team from Santa Ynez 8-3 in the league finals at Allan Hancock College.   

Lauren Shin of Templeton beat Kelly Barrett of Nipomo 8-3 for the Eagles’ only singles win.


San Luis Obispo County Meet

The Arroyo Grande girls took the team title over the 5K Laguna Lake course with 35 points.

Tallie Hill finished in second place with a time of 18 minutes, 58 seconds. Teammates Angela Gamignani (fourth, 18:59), Jocelyn Reynolds (eighth, 19:17), Rosa Granado (ninth, 19:25) and Leza Cassidy (12th, 19:38) were all close behind. 

Nipomo’s Kyra Meko was the individual winner in 18:54, and the Titans finished fourth with 93 points. Ashley Davis (third, 18:58) led Paso Robles, which finished second in the team race with 48 points.

San Luis Obispo finished third with 85 points, led by sixth-place finisher Kelsey Harper (19:05).

Arroyo Grande freshman Christian Ricketts won the boys individual race in 15:54, but Paso Robles earned the team title with 43 points, led by Ethan Serpa (fifth, 16:12), Zach Chamberlain (seventh, 16:17), Kyle Ravera (eighth, 16:18) and Sid Monge (ninth, 16:38) all in the top 10.

San Luis Obispo was second in the team race with 48 points, led by Jeremy Costello (second, 15:55) and William Ernst (fourth, 16:04. Austin Lay was third overall in 15:58 to lead Morro Bay to third in the team race. The Pirates scored 83 points.


North County Christ. 3, Cuyama Valley 2

The Crusaders topped the Bears 25-9, 25-19, 20-25, 22-25, 15-7. 

Gabrielle Morrison led North County Christian (14-7, 9-2 Coast Valley League) with 12 aces and 23 assists.

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