The Laguna Beach boys' tennis team took its first step in its attempt to repeat as Orange Coast League champion by blanking host Estancia, 18-0, in the league opener for both teams Tuesday.
Sweeps in singles play came from No. 1 Jake Michaels (6-1, 6-0, 6-0), No. 2 Benito Romeo (6-1, 6-1, 6-0) and No. 3 Teague Hamilton (6-0, 6-0, 6-0), and in doubles from No. 1 Hutton McKenna/Morgan Lebby (6-1, 6-0, 6-3), No. 2 Owen Weber/Austin Loomis (6-2, 6-1, 6-1) and No. 3 Taylor Davidson/Nick Le (6-0, 6-2, 7-5).
"I think the boys are playing great tennis," first-year Laguna Coach Peter Davidson said. "I think our guys are really rallying around Jake Michaels, who's a senior and showing leadership qualities.
"Jake has been really strong at No. 1 singles. Benito (Romeo) is another senior and a solid player and Teague Hamilton has shown dramatic improvement. He's just a sophomore and he's going to be a dominant player. He's mentally into it. He's focused and he practices hard. He's beating guys that Jake and Benito are beating, and that's great to see.