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Eagles have beautiful day with win

TENNIS: Estancia is brilliant, dominant in its victory over crosstown rival Costa Mesa to open Orange Coast League Thursday.

October 05, 2007|By Matt Szabo

COSTA MESA — The skies got darker as the match went on, and the winds picked up to make players and coaches alike put on their jackets.

For Estancia High’s girls’ tennis team, though, the prognosis remained bright throughout the Eagles’ 15-3 win at crosstown rival Costa Mesa on Thursday.

Estancia was dominant in both singles and doubles in the Orange Coast League opener for both teams. In singles, junior Ellie Edles and sophomore Kendra Fisher had little trouble sweeping their three sets.

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In doubles, Estancia (8-3, 1-0 in league) won eight of nine sets. The No. 1 team of senior Abby Koff and junior Jennifer Johnston won all 18 of their games played.

After the match, the Eagles also got to enjoy their “Beat Mesa” cookies they had baked the night before. The cookies were little Mustangs.

“They’re horses that we eat,” Rodman explained with a laugh.

But, for Estancia, eating up the competition is becoming more and more commonplace.

“[Costa Mesa players] were all hitting the ball pretty well, but I think we got a lot better this year,” Fisher said. “We all did well, singles and doubles. Last year, our struggle was more doubles, but this year [Erin Rodman and Alex Payzant] have done really well.”

Rodman and Payzant are the new No. 2 doubles team for the Eagles this season, but they easily won two sets Thursday before Marysol Hernandez subbed in for Rodman. Hernandez and Payzant then won a tiebreaker set in the last match of the day.

“It was a great league opener,” Estancia Coach Rachel de los Santos said. “We have some new players, but everyone’s seeming to mesh really well. The team seems a lot closer this year. They’ve been doing a lot of team stuff this year, and I think it’s helped bring some of the doubles teams closer together.”

Misha Brown and Laurel Hinson also won a pair of sets at No. 3 doubles for the Eagles.

For Costa Mesa (1-4, 0-1), the Mustangs are still adjusting to having a new coach in Jim Weeks. But there were still bright spots Thursday.

Senior Lindsay Levanas and junior Sandra Im each won singles sets for the Mustangs, and the No. 1 doubles team of senior Anne Vu and sophomore Tammy Lu also captured their last match of the day.

Levanas, a four-year varsity player, said her team wasn’t exactly playing up the rivalry against the Eagles.

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