Breakers have no shortage of talent


Return of singles standouts Taylor Nederlander and Claire Jaeger, plus influx of newcomers, has Laguna ready to defend undefeated league championship.

August 18, 2011|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Laguna Beach's Taylor Nederlander won the Orange Coast League singles last season.
Laguna Beach's Taylor Nederlander won the Orange… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

The Laguna Beach High girls' tennis program will have a new leader in 2011 with the arrival of Don Davis as head coach.

Davis is a tennis instructor at the Nellie Gail Tennis Club in Laguna Hills, where he has taught since 1994. He will coach a high school team for the first time this fall.

Davis, who takes over the program from Alec Horton, will get a first look at the program Monday, the first day of practice where he will determine the varsity and junior varsity rosters.

"I think the most significant challenge, which simultaneously is the most important aspect of being a coach, is getting to know the girls, not on a team level, rather as individuals and build some type of rapport," he said. "Each girl is on the team for various. Therefore, how you work with them, or 'push them' may be different."

Davis said that several returning players from last year's Orange Coast League championship squad have "indicated" that they will be back this season.


Among the group is No. 1 singles player and defending league singles champ Taylor Nederlander. So is No. 2 singles player Claire Jaeger, who was all the team's Most Valuable Player in 2009 and 2010. Senior Lauren Michaels, league doubles champion with Jaeger in 2008 and a team member both her freshman and sophomore years, returns after a year's hiatus.

Davis said that some "very strong additions" to the program are sophomore Brooke Michaels and freshmen Bailey Jaeger, Kira Hamilton and Madeline Loomis, along with seniors Kate McMahon, Katelyn Walsh, Kate Rogers and Hanna Magstadt.

McMahon teamed last year with Aislin Elkin in doubles play and the pair finished runner-up to teammates Haley Moss and Bianca Sganga in the league doubles final.

"All together, the composition of the team should be stronger than last year," Davis said.


2011 Laguna Beach girls' tennis

Head coach: Don Davis (first year)

Coaching staff: Janice Ashton (junior varsity coach); Chelsea Loomis (assistant coach).

Overall record: 12-6

League record: 10-0 (first place)

2010 CIF results: First-round Division 1 loss (13-5) to Woodbridge

Returning players: Seniors Claire Jaeger, Kate McMahon, Katelyn Walsh, Kate Rogers, Hanna Magstadt; juniors Katelyn Bo, Chloe Mansour, Taylor Nederlander; sophomores Sarah Nederlander, Shawna Yang, Stephanie Tat, Nicole Doiron, Ines Galmiche, Anna Heitmann, Britten Bell.

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