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Foothill League tennis roundup: Regular season perfection

Posted: October 28, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 28, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

The West Ranch girls tennis team completed its first undefeated regular season in school history, defeating Saugus 13-5 Thursday afternoon at West Ranch High.

With the win, West Ranch (16-0, 10-0), the No. 1 team in the CIF-Southern Section Division III coaches’ poll, is expected to enter the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the division.

Against the Centurions (5-9, 3-7), West Ranch freshman Julia Lynch shined — sweeping all three of her sets.

For Saugus, Megann Soucy won two sets 6-4 and 6-1, and Jessica Moore also won two sets 6-4 and 6-4.

Overall, the Centurions finished the season in a fourth-place tie with Golden Valley.

“It was a tough year,” said Saugus head coach Allan Hardbarger. “We had some good matches and played some good competition and hopefully we’ll continue to improve and be a little better next year.”

Because Saugus lost the head-to-head tie breaker with Golden Valley, it will only be able to bring two singles players and two doubles teams to the Foothill League prelims on Nov. 2, and Hardbarger has not made a final decision on who will appear for the Centurions.

In the meantime, though, he’s focused on the successes of this year.

“I think the girls really started to trust each other, especially in doubles,” Hardbarger said. “In singles, (Soucy) and (Moore) really improved from last year, and they beat a few people that people may not have expected them to.”

Hart 16, Canyon 2

The Indians, who had already locked up a third-place finish in Foothill League play, defeated Canyon 16-2 on Thursday afternoon at Canyon High.

Hart (10-6, 6-4) was led by No. 1 singles player Jackie Resler, who swept her three sets 6-0, 6-0 and 6-0.

The victory means Hart will enter league prelims and the playoffs with momentum, after dropping its previous match to league champion West Ranch on Wednesday.

Proyfon Lohaphaisan, Hart’s No. 2 singles player, and Lauren Dam, Hart’s No. 3 singles player, each won two sets on the day to help the Indians take eight of the nine singles sets.

Hart matched that feat on the doubles side as well, with its No. 1 doubles team of Lacey LeMay and Shannon Cholakian sweeping all three of its sets.

Victoria Lionetti and Bailey Sindle swept three sets and the team of Ruan Smith and Kendall Jackson added two victories.

With the loss, Canyon fell to 0-10 in league play.

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