High School Sports

Arroyo Grande's girls tennis team loses Southern Section division final

Arroyo Grande High’s girls tennis team fell 10-8 to Laguna Hills in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 championship Friday in Claremont. 

The Eagles finished the season 21-2. 

“Although we didn’t win today, we accomplished so much this season,” Arroyo Grande coach Lori Hollister said. “But generally speaking, we had a difficult time shaking the nerves today in this high-pressure environment.”

Arroyo Grande singles players Sophie Whittle, Lauren Hayashi and Alex Mero each beat the Laguna Hills No. 3 player 6-0 but struggled against the top two players — Alex Valenstein, ranked No. 63 in the  USTA Southern Section 16 singles and No. 84 Michaela Barthelmass. 

Whittle lost 6-2 to Valenstein and 6-4 to Barthelmass, Hayashi lost 6-0, 6-1 and Alex Mero lost 6-0, 6-3 to the two Laguna Hills starts. 

Two Arroyo Grande doubles teams won two matches. The Eagles’ teams of Amber Domako and Zoe Miller won 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, and Alexis Flood and Chelsea Pudwill won 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. The No. 3 Arroyo Grande team of Melina Rodgers and Joanne Phung won one of three sets. 

“Looking back over the season, we had more triumphs than losses, and that is due to the hard work, focus, and unwavering determination of this team,” Hollister said. “It has been an honor for coach Sheryl Brigham and I to work with such a terrific group of girls.”