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Hart tennis advances in state tournament

Posted: November 19, 2013 9:05 p.m.
Updated: November 19, 2013 9:05 p.m.
 

It’s been a season packed with milestones for the Hart Indians girls tennis team.

How does this one sound: Hart got one step closer to a state championship on Tuesday.

In the first round of the CIF United States Tennis Association Southern Regional Girls Tennis Championship bracket, the Indians upset Palisades High on the road by a score of 5-2 at Palisades High School.

Hart (21-1) moves on to the second round of the 16-team state bracket.

Last week, Hart lost to San Marino in the CIF-Southern Section Division II semifinals, which appeared to spell an end to the season.

On Saturday, the team received word that it had been invited to the state tournament. And on Tuesday, Hart won despite coming in as the bracket’s No. 13 seed and facing a No. 4 seed Palisades team that won the CIF-Los Angeles City Section championship a week ago.

“It’s kind of fun,” said Hart head coach Chris Mansfield. “I thought 20 wins was our best, and now we’re at 21.”

The win extends the team’s school record for wins in a season and also marks the first time either girls or boys tennis has advanced to a state tournament at Hart.

Tuesday’s match was played under a different format than the dual-match setup for Southern Section playoffs.

Each team played four singles and three doubles matchups, which all played best-of-three in sets.

Hart’s rock solid singles lineup won three of four and its No. 2 doubles team added two more victories.

Natalia Munoz, Proyfon Lohaphaisan and Jackie Resler all won in straight sets.

Munoz won 6-0, 6-1, Lohaphaisan won 6-0, 6-3 and Resler notched her sets
6-2, 6-2.

In doubles play, the Indians’ No. 2 team of Carissa Constanzo and Madison Ladanyi won 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 and the No. 3 pairing of Sheridan Mott and Cassie Wilkinson claimed a victory, 7-6, 7-5.

“I think it worked out well for us,” Mansfield said of the match’s setup. “The girls really kind of liked the format and it allowed the girls to have the warm-up set.”

In the second round, Hart will face Campbell Hall, which was a semifinalist in the CIF-SS Division I playoffs and is the bracket’s
No. 5 seed.

The match will be played at 11:30 a.m. on Friday at The Claremont Club in Claremont. The remainder of the tournament will be played at that location.

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