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Girls tennis: Breeze sweeps through Saugus

Centurions girls have no problem with Village Christian

Posted: September 14, 2010 10:08 p.m.
Updated: September 15, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Saugus singles player Jessica Moore returns a serve on Tuesday afternoon at Saugus High School.

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The Saugus girls tennis team breezed through a match against Village Christian of Sun Valley Tuesday at Saugus High School.

In its third match of the season, Saugus won 17-1, winning all the No. 1 and No. 2 sets in both singles and doubles.

“Everyone played well,” said Saugus head coach Allan Hardbarger. “They did what was expected of them.”

The day started with the Centurions’ top singles player, junior Megan Soucy, taking down Village Christian No. 1 Jessica Wyckoff by a score of 6-2. Soucy later beat the No. 2 and No. 3 players by scores of 6-3 and 6-2, respectively.

Saugus’ No. 1 doubles team of Amanda Keller and Shelby Johnson had no problems with its opponents for the day, dropping only two games throughout the match. The two seniors started with a 6-0 shutout of the No. 1 pairing for the Crusaders.

“They’re really nice and they hit really hard,” Johnson said of her opponents.

She and her partner finished the day with a 6-2 victory against the No. 2 doubles team and another 6-0 set over the No. 3 team.

Johnson, who’s played doubles her entire career with Saugus (3-0), said she sees improvement in this season’s roster compared to previous years.

“Our girls are really good this year,” she said. “They’re better, in fact. We have some really good freshmen on the team.”

Kelly Tran substituted in Saugus’ No. 3 singles spot, and she dropped a set 6-0 to Wyckoff for the Centurions’ lone loss of the day.

Tran made up for it later by notching a 7-5 victory against Village Christian’s Hailey Kinikin in the closest set of the match. It capped off what Johnson called a pleasant day.

“It’s nice to play a team that’s really nice and upbeat,” she said of Village Chrisitan. “It makes it easier. I play a lot better.”

Though his team won, Hardbarger wasn’t quick to highlight any individual performances.

“I’d say we played average today,” he said. “You’ve got to focus on every point.”

The team will need to be more competitive come Foothill League season, Hardbarger added. The Centurions return a lot of their top players from last season, but they know the next few weeks are important in preparing for league play.

“The girls have to get used to the grind of the season,” Hardbarger said. “I’m thankful we have a few more matches to play (before league).”

Saugus beat Quartz Hill on Sept. 10 and Eastside of Lancaster on Monday.

Tuesday’s match was the second of four matches on consecutive days this week for the Centurions, who will host Palmdale today and travel to Lancaster Thursday.


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