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CIF tennis roundup: Foothill goes 0-2

CIF tennis roundup: Saugus, West Ranch both lose playoff matches

Posted: October 31, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 31, 2012 2:00 a.m.

West Ranch girls tennis lost by a slim margin in the wild-card round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs on Tuesday, dropping the match in games 79-66 after a 9-9 sets tie to Prep League No. 3 team Poly High of Pasadena in Pasadena.

“All I can say is we put ourselves in position to win, and we were definitely in position to win the match and they played well at home,” said West Ranch head coach Eric Spiecker. “I thought they were a pretty good team and we played them pretty well.”

The Wildcats won eight sets on the doubles side.

Amanda Wilkinson and Mackenzie Lyle won sets 7-5, 6-0, 6-2 and Sydney Schwartz and Hana El Arabi also swept 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.

Julia Lynch won the lone set on the singles side for the Wildcats.

West Ranch loses three seniors in Wilkinson, El Arabi and Ahra Cho, which will break up the team’s three doubles teams.

The Wildcats are expecting the return of their top three singles players, though — all are sophomores this season.

“Those singles players really bonded. They all appreciated the opportunity to face that challenge,” Spiecker said. “Each one of them rose to that challenge at a different time.”

West Ranch finished third in the Foothill League in 2012 and 9-7 overall.

Temple City 11, Saugus 7

The Saugus girls tennis team was forced to rebuild in a hurry this season, after losing key players, including No. 1 singles player Megan Soucy, off last year’s squad.

Things were difficult in the early going, but Saugus battled to make the playoffs before seeing its season end Tuesday in the CIF-Southern Section wild-card round, 11-7, to Rio Hondo League No. 3 seed Temple City (10-7) at Temple City High School.

The Centurions doubles teams did their best to keep Saugus (11-9) in the match, winning six of nine sets.

“It was their singles against my doubles,” said Saugus head coach Allan Hardbarger. “We won six doubles sets, but they were able to win eight singles sets, and it was too much to overcome today.”

The No. 1 doubles team of Leanne Ozaki and Rachel Callas swept 6-2, 6-3, 6-0. Delaney Kuric and Erin Yamanaka, the Centurions’ No. 2 doubles team, won two sets, 6-3, 6-2. The No. 3 doubles team Kinzie Hovey and Hannah Miller won one set, 6-4 for Saugus.

No. 1 singles player Jessica Moore won the Centurions’ lone singles set 6-4 and lost a tight set 6-4 against Temple City’s No. 2 singles player.

“This is definitely a season of improvement,” Hardbarger said. “We lost some key seniors last year, and we started the season a little slowly. We played a very heavy schedule this year. We played a lot of matches, and we’ve really been improving every match. And it showed near the end of this season. We had some good wins, and I thought we were overall a much tougher team in the past few weeks.”

Now, Saugus will again look to rebuild with the impending graduation of Moore, Ozaki, Kuric and Yamanaka.

Three freshman started for Saugus in Carlie Ozaki, Kinzie Hovey and Hannah Miller.

“Hopefully our returning players will step up, and hopefully our top JV players will make the successful leap to varsity (next season),” Hardbarger said. “But it’s hard to say. It’s so early. There’s a lot of offseason, and the girls need to take advantage of this time to work on their games.”



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