Boys' Tennis: Laguna battered, but still the best

Breakers atop Orange Coast League despite dealing with several injuries.

April 04, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

Injuries may have put a damper on the first half of the season for the Laguna Beach High boys' tennis team, but they haven't stopped the Breakers from once again taking control of the Orange Coast League race.

At the start of the second half of the league season, Laguna sits atop the standings at 5-0. The Breakers picked up their latest win on March 28 by taking an 11-7 match from host Saddleback.

It also was the fifth win, overall, for the Breakers who are ranked No. 3 in CIF Southern Section Division.

They took a 5-8 record into spring break.

"Our doubles played very convincingly," Laguna Coach Don Davis said of the Saddleback win.

The Breakers haven't had a healthy lineup for the past month. Their No. 1 singles player, Teague Hamilton, has missed matches due to wrist and shoulder injuries. Zach Pratto, at No. 3 doubles, has been out with a sprained ankle. Tim Nguyen, who plays at No. 3 doubles, has a wrist injury.


Morgan Lebby, who plays No. 2 singles but has been thrust into the No. 1 spot in a few matches, missed last week's nonleague match against Whitney due to a school trip.

Davis has had to juggle his lineup to make up for those losses. Several players have stepped in, and stepped up.

"Our singles has been hurt by injuries, so we have lost some matches that we most likely could have won, but more importantly, our doubles teams are beginning to jell," he said. "We've kept the No. 1 and 2 doubles teams intact, formulated our No. 3 doubles team, and used whoever is available in singles."

The top two doubles teams, Ryan Gee/Oliver Nasiell, and Owen Weber/Alex Duong, have been steady throughout the season. Davis said the players who have stepped into the No. 3 line have "rotated" depending on which players have been available.

"It's been hard to really come up with a conclusive team at No. 3," he said.

Several players have stepped in to play both singles and doubles including Jeff Spitz, Noah Radach, Matt Meisberger, Jared Boetes and Andrew Koumas.

Laguna starts the stretch drive of its season Tuesday at home against Estancia, which is ranked fourth in Division 4, in a 3 p.m. league match. The Breakers defeated the Eagles, 11-7, in their first league meeting on March 14.

Davis said that a key to a strong finish for the Breakers is "having Teague [Hamilton] and Zach [Pratto] back in the singles lineup."

He said he expects to have Hamilton, Pratto and Nguyen, available starting next week.

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