The Arroyo Grande High girls tennis team broke several boundaries during the 2010 season. But one boundary proved unyielding in the Eagles’ 10-8 loss to Lakewood in a first-round CIF-Southern Section Division 3 home playoff match Thursday.
Lakewood’s Suzy Tan, a four-star recruit and the No. 89 player in the nation according to Tennisrecruiting.net, swept three singles sets to provide the difference against the PAC 7 champions.
The Eagles (18-2) won the league championship for the first time since 2002, going undefeated in the PAC 7 and ending San Luis Obispo’s streak of six straight titles.
Arroyo Grande senior Mia McKinstry came closest to toppling Tan, winning three games in their set, but no one else came close.Freshman Lauren Hayashi won two singles matches for the Eagles, while the doubles team of Kimmy Turner and Brianna Flood won two doubles sets.
“To go undefeated in league, we peaked at the right times all season long,” Arroyo Grande coach Lori Hollister said. “I’m very proud of the team and we’re very proud of the league championship.”
San Luis Obispo 11, Oxnard 7
The Tigers got three singles victories from two-time PAC 7 champion Abigail Will, including a 6-1 win over four-star recruit Moira Hedberg, who has received offers from Sacramento State, Eastern Washington and Iowa State, according to Tennisrecruiting.net.
San Luis Obispo’s Tori Troesch, who unseated Will as league champion this year, won two of three singles sets.
Tigers coach Gary Etheredge said the Tigers will likely host Redlands at 2 p.m. Saturday in a second- round Division 3 match.
“I think they’re jelling at the right time and their effort was fantastic,” Etheredge said.
West Ranch 15, Atascadero 3
The Greyhounds fell to the No. 1 overall seed in the Division 3 playoffs after winning a wild-card match Tuesday.
The team of Amber Petersen and Sydney Sima won a doubles set, as did the tandem of Marissa Jordan and Rhiannon Dudley.
Jada Rowell was the lone Atascadero singles player to pick up a set victory.
“They definitely stepped it up and played well,” Greyhounds coach Jennifer Anderson said. “I’m really proud of how far they made it and how they played.”
Redlands East Valley 3, San Luis Obispo 0
The Tigers fell in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 1-A playoffs 25-15, 25-16, 25-14.
They had previously beaten West Ranch in the first round to earn their match-up against Redlands East Valley, which is ranked 27th in the nation by ESPN RISE.
Elizabeth Culpepper had eight kills for the Tigers. Kennedy Peters notched 22 assists while Linnea Ramirez tallied 15 digs.
“I want to thank the players for their support and the people that attended our matches,” Tigers coach Manny Carter said. “They worked really hard this season and I know that made them feel good.”
Marymount 3, Paso Robles 0
Paso Robles couldn’t handle Marymount, the 17th-ranked team in the country according to Maxpreps.com, losing in the second round of the Division 1-A playoffs 25-14, 25-22, 25-23.
Tess Rountree ended her season on a strong note with 12 kills, three blocks, and six digs. Molly Donovan added five kills.
Coast Union 3, Armenian General Benevolent Union 0
Coast Union, the top seed in the Division 5-A playoffs, won 25-22, 25-17, 25-14.
Nicky Ortiz had 14 aces for Coast Union (15-4), while Katelyn Lorenz had seven kills and Sophie Flemion added 20 assists.
Broncos coach Pam Kenyon said she has never coached a match where a player had 14 aces.
“Nicky was phenomenal,” Kenyon said. “We picked out some parts of the court and she hit them consistently.”
Coast Union will host the winner of the Calvary Baptist-Bethel Christian match on Saturday.
Coastal Christian 3, Santa Monica Academy 0
Coastal Christian cruised through the second round of the Division 4 playoffs, winning 25-10, 25-19, 25-22.
Grace Napier led the way with 10 kills. Leslie Henry and Koral Wright provided good defense getting 25 and 23 digs, respectively. Henry also added five kills. JoAnn Lindstaedt had 20 assists.
Firebaugh 3, Shandon 2
The Outlaws were eliminated from the Division 5-AA playoffs in the second round, falling 23-25, 17-25, 25-21, 27-25, 16-14.
Dontavia Henderson led Shandon with 12 kills and three aces, while Kayla Celis made 15 digs and had five aces.
The Outlaws, who led 7-3 in the fifth set, had chances to win the match late.
“Our youth kind of got the better of us today,” Shandon coach Daniel Rodriguez said. “The girls learned a lot from this year and will have more drive than ever next year, but right now, losing this game kind of hurts.”
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Los Osos 16, Arroyo Grande 7
Arroyo Grande (19-12) struggled in the first round of the CIF-Southern Division 4 playoffs as its season came to an end.
The Eagles let the Grizzlies jump out to an early 5-3 lead in the first quarter and were unable to recover. The Grizzlies kept pouring it on as they scored five in the second and third quarters to go up 15-7 entering he fourth.
Dennis Meffert and Tanner Sandman each scored three goals for the Eagles. Cisco Bass scored the other goal.