Girls' Tennis Preview: Breakers return for another run

Laguna Beach features eight starters from last year's team that won league title and reached CIF semifinals.

August 15, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
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A year ago, the Laguna Beach High girls' tennis team continued its streak of winning the Orange Coast League championship, dominated the league's tournament finals, then made a run to the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoffs. With several returning all-league players back in the lineup, the 2013 season could mirror last year's performance.

Laguna welcomes back eight starters, including its top three singles players, and 11 players, overall, from a team that went 19-6 overall and 10-0 in league competition last fall. The Breakers scored CIF playoff wins against Oxford Academy, Santa Monica and Valencia Valencia before their season ended in a semifinal loss to eventual division runner-up and No. 2-seed Arcadia.

The Breakers have begun preparations for the 2013 season, which started with "optional" practices Monday, Coach Don Davis said. Team tryouts are this Monday.

With a solid singles group and doubles players back in the fold, the only missing piece of the puzzle from last year's league championship team is Laguna's top doubles team and another doubles player who all achieved all-league honors.


"Our singles players should give us a balanced lineup with girls who have a lot of tournament experience," Davis said.

Senior Brooke Michaels leads the doubles trio. The reigning OCL singles champion plays at No. 1 singles followed by junior Kira Hamilton at No. 2 and Bailey Jaeger at No. 3. Jaeger was runner-up to the league singles title and Hamilton was third but had the best overall record in singles play for the Breakers, Davis said. In addition, senior Nicole Doiron posted a 19-0 record during the regular season and was named second-team all-league.

The Breakers also are strong in doubles. Seniors Sarah Nederlander and Stephanie Tat, junior Madeline Loomis and sophomores Ashley Shelton and Natasha Keces, each all-league performers last year, return. Nederlander teamed with then-senior Katelyn Bo in last year's league tournament and finished second behind league champions and then-seniors Chloe Mansour and Dominque Willette. Loomis teamed with Shelton a year ago and placed third in the league tournament.

Another Laguna doubles team, senior Shawna Yang and junior Olivia Morrison, were named honorable mention all-league and also return.

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