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High School Roundup: Laguna continues success in tennis

Breakers put themselves in position to win titles at Orange Coast League finals.

November 01, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(Don Leach / Coastline…)

The top two singles seeds and top two doubles seeds, all from Laguna Beach High, advanced Wednesday from the first day of the two-day Orange Coast League finals tournament.

In singles action at The Tennis Center in Costa Mesa, No. 1 seed Kira Hamilton and second-seeded Ashley Shelton both won two matches in the single-elimination tournament. In doubles play, the No. 1-seeded team of Bailey Jaeger/Natasha Keces, and No. 2-seeded duo of Madeline Loomis/Sarah Nederlander, also won twice.

The Breakers moved on to the semifinals Thursday at The Tennis Center. Results from the semifinal matches, as well as the singles and doubles finals, weren't available at press time.

"These girls played very well and controlled the matches from the start," Laguna Coach Don Davis said. "They all were dominant."

Laguna completed a perfect run through Orange Coast League play Oct. 24 and repeated as league champion when the Breakers defeated host Costa Mesa, 16-2. Hamilton played and won her one set (6-0). Shelton won twice (6-2, 6-2, 6-7, tiebreaker 5-7) at the second singles line, and Ashley Fair swept (6-2, 6-3, 6-0) at No. 3 singles.

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The Breakers picked up all nine doubles points as Loomis/Olivia Morrison won (6-2, 6-4, 6-4) at No. 1, Jaeger/Keces (6-1, 6-0) and Iman Berri/Kathleen Kimball (6-1) at No. 2, and the No. 3 team of Stephanie Tat/Malia Helms won 6-2, 6-3, 6-0.

Laguna finished league play with a 10-0 record. The Breakers, ranked third in CIF Southern Section Division 2, are 14-4 overall.

They have won three consecutive league titles under Davis, and lost only 22 of 180 league sets this year.

The Breakers are the league's No. 1 seed in next week's CIF Southern Section Division 2 team playoffs, which begin Wednesday. They will learn the identity of their first-round opponent when the playoff pairings are released Monday.

"All the girls have been playing well as late, so I think that we're very well positioned for our opening [CIF] match," Davis said. "Equally as important, our No. 1 player, Kira Hamilton, is playing some of her best tennis after struggling with several injuries that have kept her out of the lineup. Her injuries aren't 100% healed, but she's managing everything well enough to be back in lineup and in the groove.

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