High School Sports

Girls tennis players knocked out of individual playoffs

The San Luis Obispo High girls tennis doubles team of Abigail Will and Tori Troesch, seeded No. 4, lost in a tiebreaker in the third round of the CIF-Southern Section individual tournament Friday at Carpinteria High School.

After a bye and then beating Louisville’s Sophia Duval and Jessica Wolfe 6-0, 6-1 in the second round, Will and Troesch faced the No.1 ranked doubles team in the Tri-Valley League — St. Bonaventure’s Nicolette and Michaela Rosales.

The Rosales sisters dropped the first set 6-0 before winning 6-4 in the second to set up a 10-point tiebreaker, where Will and Troesch fell 10-5.

“It was a real heartbreaker because the girls played outstanding in the first set, and then had a lead in the second set and it just kind of got away from them,” San Luis Obispo coach Gary Etheredge said. “The other team played outstanding as well.”

In the singles competition at Cate School, Arroyo Grande freshman Sophie Whittle went 1-1 to complete her stellar freshman season 55-2.

Whittle opened the day downing Santa Ynez’s Katie Voorhis 6-1, 6-0. Whittle then lost to Calabassas freshman Jensyn Warren 6-4, 6-4. Warren is the 34th-ranked 14-year-old in Southern California, Arroyo Grande coach Lori Hollister said. This was the third time Whittle and Warren played this season with them each winning once earlier.

“Sophie had a tremendous season and was the backbone of our team success,” Hollister said. “She was a pleasure to coach on and off the court and has a lot of tennis ahead of her.”

For Atascadero, Amber Petersen defeated Alex Porath of Sierra Canyon, the No. 1 seed out of the Delphic League, 6-3, 6-2 in her first round matchup. However, in round two, Petersen fell 6-0, 6-1 to Cindy Nguyen of Millerton, who was one of four players to receive a bye in the first round. Petersen was the PAC 7 singles runner-up to Whittle this season.