Mason Hansen swept his singles sets and the doubles team of Scott Hicks and Adie Alwen won two of three, but the San Luis Obispo High boys tennis team’s season came to an end Wednesday with a 10-8 loss at Cypress in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 semifinals.
The second-seeded Tigers jumped out to a 4-2 lead after the first rotation, but the third-seeded Centurions won the next rotation by the same margin and took the final two doubles sets with the score tied at 8.
“You’ve just got to give them credit; it’s not like we didn’t play well,” said San Luis Obispo coach Ken Peet, whose team finished the year with a 24-3 record. “Boy, we just didn’t pull out some close sets.”
Hansen won his sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-1, and fellow singles players Chase Braun and Cameron Dong both earned a point.
“Mason was incredible today, and he won all of his sets in CIF play,” Peet said. “Chase and Cameron, they are our role players. They went out and got two key sets.”
Hicks and Alwen, the Tigers’ third doubles team, won 6-4, 7-5, 2-6. The second team of Alex Dill and Noah Cleere won one set, 6-3, while the top team of Josh Milla and Luke Olson lost all three, including one 7-5 and another in a tiebreaker.
“If you told me my top two doubles teams would only win one set, I’d say no way,” Peet said. “We had a chance if Josh and Luke went up on (Cypress’) first team, but they ended up losing in a tiebreak, 3-7. That was a key one early.”
The year is not over for four players, as the doubles pairings of Hansen and Milla as well as Cleere and Dill qualified for the individual tournament beginning next week at Cate.
“Our guys fought to the very end … it was just a great match,” Peet said. “And it was a great year for these guys.”
The Tigers advance to the divisional championship last year where they lost to Arroyo Grande.
Einstein Academy 25, Coastal Christian 3
The Conquistadors (5-6) lost their Southern Section Division 7 wild-card playoff game on the road.
SOUTHERN SECTION PLAYOFFS
New divisions for several high school sports
The ever-changing landscape of high school sports in the CIF-Southern Section shifted again Tuesday, when the organization announced its new playoff divisions for 14 different sports.
The PAC 7, which adds Mission Prep as an eighth member in all sports except for football next year, has a new division in several sports. The league will drop down from Division 2 to Division 3 in baseball and boys volleyball.
The league will move up from Division 3 to Division 2 in softball and boys and girls tennis — likely aided by recent Southern Section championships won by Righetti softball and Arroyo Grande boys and girls tennis. PAC 7 boys soccer will move up to Division 3 after competing the past the past two years in Division 5.
The PAC 7 will also move from the Central Division into the Southern Division for individual wrestling, and will compete in the Northern Division for wrestling duals.
The Los Padres League, which adds Orcutt Academy as an eighth member in all sports except football next year, changes divisions in two sports. Girls tennis will move up from Division 4 to Division 3, and girls water polo drops from Division 5 to Division 6.
Los Padres League wrestling will participate in the Northern Division in both individual and dual competitions.