High School Sports

Arroyo Grande’s girls tennis season ends with regional loss

The Arroyo Grande High girls tennis team’s most successful season ever ended Tuesday with a 6-1 loss to Torrey Pines in the first round of the Southern California Regional playoffs.

The Eagles (21-2), who won their first CIF-Southern Section title in school history in the Division 3 final Friday, lost to a Torrey Pines team that has won 24 consecutive Division 1 titles in the San Diego section.

“Our goal today was just to compete well and fight as much as we could,” Arroyo Grande coach Lori Hollister said.

The Eagles’ only win Tuesday came from senior Lauren Hayashi, who defeated Alexa Meyer 6-7 (8), 6-4, 1-0 (retired).

In other singles matches, Sophie Whittle suffered her first loss of the season, falling to Kelsey Chen 2-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8). Melina Rodgers lost to Jasmine Rich 6-0, 6-1, and Elizabeth Michniuck lost to Jessica Walker 6-2, 6-4.

In doubles, Arroyo Grande’s teams of Joanne Phung and Angelica Gagliano, Olivia Madison and Mekayla Landers, and Mary Waterman and Heather Angle all lost in straight sets. Madison and Landers had the closest match, falling 6-3, 6-4.

Phung and Gagliano lost 6-0, 6-2, and Waterman and Angle lost 6-1, 6-2.

The Eagles won several close matches on their way to the Division 3 title, including a 9-9 (77-74) win over Murrieta Valley in Friday’s championship match.

“I’m proud of the team for all of their accomplishments,” Hollister said. “The experience we’ve gained the last two weeks against high-caliber teams has really elevated our play and really helped us going into next year.”

Hayashi and Phung are the Eagles’ only seniors.

Whittle and Hayashi will open the CIF-Southern Section individual finals beginning Monday at Carpinteria High.