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Laguna's battle continues

Girls' Tennis

Breakers, who lost Michaels (back) for the season, begin Orange Coast League play with three straight wins.

October 03, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(KEVIN CHANG / Coastline…)

The loss of a league champion, and injuries to other key players, would decimate any team.

When you're the Laguna Beach High girls' tennis team, you reload, regroup and re-evaluate.

The Breakers put their team depth on display during their first three games of their Orange Coast League season. They won all three of those matches, to take the early lead in their pursuit of another league championship.

Laguna went to 3-0 in league Tuesday by defeating host Calvary Chapel, 13-5.

Previously, the Breakers, ranked No. 3 in CIF Southern Section Division 2, had posted league wins against Estancia (12-6) and Saddleback (18-0).

"I think the girls have played well, considering the injuries and illness that they have had to deal with," Laguna Coach Don Davis said. "We've had to juggle our doubles [teams] around, due to illness, but doubles has been pretty dominant in league play."

Laguna, indeed, has been dominant in doubles action and, through Wednesday, hadn't yet dropped a set in league play. The Breakers have gotten off to that hot start despite losing Brooke Michaels, who teamed with Madeline Loomis at No. 1 doubles, for the season.

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Michaels, last year's Orange Coast League singles champion, is sidelined with a fracture in her fifth lumbar vertebrae.

Also battling through injuries has been No. 1 singles player, junior Kira Hamilton (Achilles tendon, knee), No. 2 singles, sophomore Ashley Shelton (stomach muscle strain), and No. 3 singles, junior Bailey Jaeger (wrist).

Hamilton has seen limited playing time in the past week, while Shelton returned to the lineup for the Sept. 26 match against Estancia.

Davis said the Jaeger's return is "unknown."

"We've had to overcome, and adjust," he said. "Losing one of our top players [Michaels], obviously hurts us a lot. But the girls have done a good job."

Davis has moved six players from the junior varsity team up to varsity. The players include sophomores Brigette Thomas, Cameron Anderson, Iman Berri and Malia Helms, and freshmen Kathleen Kimball and Summer Clawson.

All six have seen playing time during the past week.

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