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High School Roundup: Laguna feels heat in win

Breakers score 12-6 win at Mission Viejo amid 100-plus degree temperatures in season opener.

September 12, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
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The Laguna Beach High girls' tennis team opened its 2013 season in the past week and split its first two matches.

In its opener Sept. 5, the Breakers went to Mission Viejo and handed the host Diablos a 12-6 defeat in a match contested in 100-plus degree temperatures that lasted more than four hours.

Through the first round of play, Laguna won four of six sets. The Breakers clinched the match through the second round. With the win in hand, Coach Don Davis was then able to move around players and experiment with in the Breakers' lineup during the third round.

Laguna sweeps came from No. 2 singles, Ashley Shelton and the No. 3 doubles team of sophomores Nathasha Keces and Ashley Fair. Shelton, who also played doubles last year for the Breakers, won by scores of 6-4, 6-0, 7-3. Keces and Fair picked up 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 wins.

Other singles wins for Laguna came from No. 1 Kira Hamilton (6-4), No. 3 Bailey Jaeger (6-0) and varsity newcomer Anna Heitmann (7-6) also at the No. 1 line.

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Senior Brooke Michaels, the team's No. 1 singles player and Orange Coast League champion last year, is teamed at No. 1 doubles with junior Madeline Loomis. The duo won two matches, 6-2, 6-0. The No. 2 team of seniors Sarah Nederlander/Stephanie Tat had one win (6-0).

Michaels, Nederlander, Tat and Nicole Doiron are serving as team captains the season.

"All the girls fought hard and through the heat," Davis said. "They all competed very well. I tried to mixed things around so the girls didn't have to play three rounds. Right now, though, the key thing for us is to work on finding the right doubles combinations."

In their first home match of the season Tuesday, the Breakers fell, 12-6, to Northwood. Michaels and Loomis won both sets (6-4, 6-2) they played at No. 1 doubles.

"Northwood's a good team and they are strong at the top with their singles," Davis said. "Our doubles teams played very well which was really encouraging."

Laguna played host to Mater Dei in nonleague play Thursday. The score wasn't available at press time.

Next week, the Breakers are home Tuesday to Cerritos and play at Corona del Mar Thursday. Both nonleague matches begin at 3 p.m.

Cross-Country

The Laguna Beach boys' and girls' teams opened their season Sept. 6 competing at the Seaside Invitational at San Buenaventura Beach State Park in Ventura.

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