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High School Roundup: League champs advance in Division 2

Laguna Beach girls' tennis beats Oxford Academy, 12-6, and will play host to Santa Monica Friday at 2 p.m.

November 01, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
(Kevin Chang | Coastline…)

The Laguna Beach High girls' tennis team is moving on in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoffs.

The Breakers advanced in postseason play after defeating Oxford Academy of Cypress Wednesday, 12-6, on the Laguna courts. The Breakers (17-5) received sweeps from No. 2 singles Kira Hamilton (6-1, 6-2, 6-0), and their No. 1 doubles team of Chloe Mansour/Dominique Willette (6-2, 6-0, 6-2). Top singles player Brooke Michaels won two of three sets (5-7, 6-1, 6-0).

The win advances Laguna, champion of the Orange Coast League, to a second-round match at 2 p.m. Friday at home against Ocean League champ Santa Monica.

Oxford Academy, which defeated Pacifica of Garden Grove in a wild-card match Tuesday , was the third-place team from the Academy League.

"The team was very focused and very determined, and I was very proud of everyone," Laguna Coach Don Davis said of the win. "We are excited to advance, and looking forward to our next match."

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The winner of the Laguna-Santa Monica match advances to the division quarterfinals next Monday . The semifinals are Wednesday , both days starting at 2 p.m.. The Division 2 final will be played at 10 a.m. Nov. 9 at Claremont Club in Claremont.

Laguna concluded regular-season play Oct. 25 at the Orange Coast League tournament at Costa Mesa Tennis Center. The Breakers again dominated the event, and brought home the top two prizes.

In singles play, Michaels won an all-Laguna final by defeating teammate and No. 3 player, Bailey Jaeger, 8-6 (tiebreaker), 5-3. Hamilton captured third place and Catherine Debbas, the No. 1 player from Costa Mesa, finished fourth.

The doubles crown went to Mansour and Willette who, in another all-Breakers finale, rallied to defeat No. 2 Katelyn Bo and Sarah Nederlander, 2-6, 6-3, 10-1. Laguna' No. 3 team of Ashley Shelton and Madeline Loomis took third and Rachel Russell and Mahina Won-Milho, the top doubles team from Costa Mesa, placed fourth.

In the singles semifinals, Jaeger scored a 7-6 win (seven-point tie-breaker) against Hamilton, only to see Hamilton respond with a 6-0 win in the second set. Jaeger fought off a match point while trailing, 9-8, in the third set, but scored the next two points to claim an 11-9 victory to advance to the final. Michaels moved on to the final after a 6-0, 6-0 win against Debbas.

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