After winning the Pac 7 girls tennis title for the third year in a row and posting a 61-2 overall record, Arroyo Grande High junior Sophie Whittle’s season finally ended Wednesday in a 1-6, 6-4 6-0 loss to Oak Park’s Annette Goulak in the CIF Southern Section Individual Girls Tennis Championships.
Whittle fell to Goulak, the Tri-Valley League Champion and fourth seed, in the round of 16 at the Seal Beach Tennis Center. Whittle qualified for the round of 16 as a play-in on Tuesday.
“Over 500 schools in the Southern California Section have tennis teams,” Coach Lori Hollister said. “And you multiply that number by how many players each team has. These are the top 16 players out of all of them, all divisions and all ages. Sophie finished with a disappointing loss today but with an outstanding record for the season. She set a foundation for us to build the team around, and I am extremely proud of and impressed with her growth as a person and a player this season.”
Whittle won the first set quickly and then let up in the second set, Hollister said. Whittle allowed Goulak to dictate the points and missed a routine volley and an approach shot when the set score was 5-4. Whittle was never able to gain the momentum back and was shut out in the third set.
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Arroyo Grande 52,
Nevada Union 33
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Paso Robles 60,
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Morro Bay 42
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Coast Union 38
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Santa Ynez 6
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