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Prep tennis: Finding their form

Young Saugus team putting the pieces together leading into league play

Posted: September 11, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 11, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Saugus senior Jessica Moore prepares to return the ball during a match against Lancaster on Monday at Saugus High School.

 

For a team gearing up for Foothill League play beginning on Sept. 18, Saugus girls tennis looks just fine.

Though inexperienced on paper, it was an all-around dominant performance for the Centurions on Monday in a 16-2 win over Lancaster at Saugus High School.

Playing as the No. 1 singles, Jessica Moore, one of the team’s few returning starters, easily won her three sets 6-1, 6-1, 6-0.

The senior has to take the place of last year’s No. 1 singles player Megan Soucy, who graduated.

“I think we’re playing awesome,” Moore said of Saugus’ season so far. “I think people are going to underestimate us because we lost a lot of people, but I think we’re good.”

In addition to Moore, Saugus’ three doubles teams won all nine of their sets and lost only six combined games in the match.

“Something that jumps out at me about this match is we didn’t let up,” said Saugus head coach Allan Hardbarger. “We got leads early in every match and we hung on to them.”

Without any substitutions on the doubles side, the Centurions (4-2) were led by set victories of 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 by the team of Rachel Callas and Hannah Miller, who was playing in place of Callas’ usual partner Leanne Ozaki.

Ozaki missed the match for personal reasons, but she’ll be part of the team’s No. 1 doubles tandem.

In the No. 2 spot for Saugus, Erin Yamanaka and Delaney Kuric won 6-1, 6-1, 6-0 and the No. 3 team of Abigail Bahr and Kinzie Hovey swept by scores of 6-0, 6-1, 6-1.

Saugus didn’t have much more trouble on the singles side, especially with top two players Jessica Moore and Caren Rosen.

On this day, there wasn’t much to complain about for the Centurions in a match which Lancaster (2-1) viewed as more of a preparation for competition in the Antelope Valley.

“This (match) was to give us a chance to play a little more quality play than we see in our league,” said Eagles head coach Tom Mayton.

Following Moore was No. 2 Saugus singles player Rosen who swept 6-2, 6-2, 6-2.

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