FOUNTAIN VALLEY — Lynda Xepoleas can't control the draw at the 108th annual Southern California Junior Sectional Championships.
All Xepoleas can do is play her best, even when the opponent is her best friend, Shayne Austin of Oak Park.
No. 4-seeded Xepoleas plays against Austin in a girls' 18 singles round of 32 match today at Los Caballeros Racquet & Sports Club. But on Thursday at Los Cab, she helped ensure her best friend would also be on the same side of the net today as well.
Xepoleas, who just moved to Newport Beach two weeks ago, advanced to the girls' 18 doubles semifinals with Austin. The No. 9-seeded tandem beat Lindsey Kostas and Christina Makarova of San Diego, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2. Xepoleas and Austin then upset No. 4 Sarah Lee of Los Angeles and Maya Jin of Palos Verdes Estates in the quarterfinals, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Xepoleas and Austin will play Gabrielle Andrews of Pomona and Zoe Katz of Los Angeles in a semifinal match at 5:30 p.m. today at Los Cab. That will be preceded by their aforementioned singles match against each other, at 1:30 p.m.