But first, Orange Coast had to get past Grossmont, which won three consecutive state titles from 2002-04. The Griffins were also out for revenge after OCC beat them earlier in the year in a nonconference match.
It wasn't easy this time around, as the teams split the six singles sets, 3-3. Mazaheri and Haley both picked up singles wins, and OCC No. 1 singles player Jessica Rice topped Grossmont's Yui Shimizu ? who won the Southern California individual regional last Saturday ? in three tough sets.
The Pirates almost went up, 4-2, but No. 6 singles player Shauna Durbin lost a three-set marathon that took more than three hours to complete.
With Durbin's loss, OCC knew it had to win two of the three doubles matches for a chance to defend its crown.
Rice and Emily Paulson put Orange Coast one match away by easily ousting Shimizu and Alyse Tyson, 6-3, 6-2. In the process, they avenged a loss to the same team in the Southern California regional doubles final just three days earlier.
"We said the second we lost on Saturday that 'OK, we're going to get them on Tuesday,'" Rice said. "I don't think we played our best on Saturday, so we came out here today and wanted it more. Maybe it's better that we lost on Saturday, because we were more aggressive today."
After K.D. Doran and Chelsea Metcalf fell in two sets ? tying the match score at 4-4 ? all eyes fell to Mazaheri and Haley's match against Anne-Marie Leistikow and Brianna McClintock. The Pirates duo lost the first set, 6-4, but came back to take the second, forcing a third set that would decide everything.