High School Sports

Arroyo Grande girls tennis team ends season with individual finals

Arroyo Grande High’s Sophie Whittle and Lauren Hayashi each won a singles match before being eliminated at the CIF-Southern Section Individual Regional for girls tennis Monday in Carpinteria.

Whittle, who won her second PAC 7 singles title in as many seasons earlier this year, defeated Meredity Amspoker of Bishop Diego 6-0, 6-0 before falling to Santa Monica’s Christine Maddox 6-3, 3-6 (10-5). In lieu of a third set, a super-tiebreaker set was used with the winner being the first player to 10 points with a two-point advantage.

Maddox was seeded second in the Southern Section regionals and is the No. 14 ranked player nationally in the USTA 16-year-old age group.

Whittle finished the season 52-5, including an impressive tournament win at the Valencia Fall Brawl.

Hayashi, who finished second to Whittle in PAC 7 singles for the second straight year, defeated Marlborough’s Cameron Patterson 6-2, 6-0. Hayashi then lost to Harvard-Westlake’s Julia Goldberg

6-2, 6-3. Hayashi finished the season 57-9.

In doubles, Arroyo Grande’s team of Amber Domako and Zoe Miller went 2-1. Domako and Miller defeated Laguna Blanca’s Caitlin Connor and Libby Hayse 6-4, 6-2 and then downed Miina Juvonen and Kendal Amon of Marlborough 6-3, 6-4. Domako and Miller then lost to the Thousand Oaks duo of Melissa Baker and Kareena Mani 6-1, 6-0. Baker and Mani were the regional’s No. 1 seed.

Domako and Miller, who finished second in the PAC 7, finished the season 44-6.

The Eagles had a highly successful season, once again winning the PAC 7 title and advancing to the Southern Section Division 3 final before losing to Laguna Hills 10-8.

“ I was very pleased and proud to have four representatives from our team qualify for this tough regional level,” Arroyo Grande coach Lori Hollister said. “Even though none of them will move on to the Round of 32, it was not without a fight against the top players in the region from all divisions.”

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