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CIF girls tennis: Hart heads to round 1

Indians win wild card; will face Redlands on Thursday

Posted: November 9, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 9, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Hart’s Leina Verrier watches her shot on Tuesday at Hart High during the wild card round of the CIF-SS Div. III playoffs.

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The Hart girls tennis team used a revamped lineup meant to improve its doubles side Tuesday en route to a convincing 15-3 victory over Oxnard High in the wild-card round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs at Hart High.

With the victory, Hart (11-6) advances to play Redlands High at Redlands on Thursday at 2 p.m. in a first-round matchup.

The Indians could have their hands full with the Citrus League champion, as Redlands finished its league season undefeated at 12-0.

On Tuesday, though, it was all Hart.

Head coach Chris Mansfield moved usual No. 3 singles player Lauren Dam to doubles in an effort to strengthen the doubles lineup for the playoff run.

And the moved worked.

The No. 2 doubles team of Dam and Bailey Sindle swept 6-2, 6-1, 6-0.

The No. 1 team of Victoria Lionetti and Shannon Cholakian won 6-4, 6-0 and dropped one set in a tie break 7-6 to Oxnard’s No. 1 squad of Lea Myschley and Malieva Hadberg.

“I thought it was a good idea (to switch the lineup),” said Hart No. 1 singles player Jackie Resler. “There’s some people that have the touch and some people that have power, and if we can put them together, that’s a great doubles team. That’s exactly what we did (Tuesday) — and it worked.”

In singles, Hart won eight of nine sets, led by Resler, who swept 6-2, 6-0, 6-0.

The Indians were dealt a costly blow, though, as No. 2 singles player Proyfon Lohaphaisan swept her first set 6-0 and was up 5-0 on Oxnard No. 1 singles player Courtney Morrison before pulling her hamstring.

Lohaphaisan pulled out the win 6-4, but was removed for the third round of play and her return for Thursday’s match is questionable.

Mansfield didn’t mince words about how the potential loss would affect Hart.

“Tremendously,” Mansfield said. “We can’t afford to lose her again.”

Starting at the No. 3 singles position in place of Dam was Leina VerrieWr, who won two sets 6-0, 6-0 and lost one set 6-2 to Morrison.

Overall, though, the Indians were just too much for the young Yellow Jackets to overcome.

“I hate to make excuses ... We have a very young team,” said Oxnard head coach Tom Mcguirk. “I was really proud of us. Just making it here to play a team like Hart. (The Indians) played well and they deserve to represent Thursday against Redlands.”

Entering their Thursday match with Redlands, the Indians appear to be playing their best tennis of the season.

“It’s very important,” Mansfield said. “It’s a fun time for me to see them start to peak and come together.”

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