FOUNTAIN VALLEY — Plenty of people showed up to watch Lynda Xepoleas' big tennis match Monday at Los Caballeros Racquet & Sports Club.
Her parents and younger sister Meredith were in attendence. So was her best friend Shayne Austin, who played doubles with Xepoleas in these 108th annual Southern California Junior Sectional Championships and won the consolation singles title later in the day.
Two important things weren't there, however, and Xepoleas knew it after she lost to Mayo Hibi of Irvine in the girls' 18 singles final, 6-2, 6-0. Xepoleas' big serve and big forehand somehow never made it to Los Cab.
"They weren't there today," she said. "That's kind of it, plain and simple. They never showed up today. It's kind of hard to play with just a backhand, which is not my particularly strong point."
The Newport Beach resident, who will play for Corona del Mar High in her senior year this fall, never got into a groove in the surprisingly lopsided loss. Xepoleas was seeded No. 4 but was coming off a big semifinal win over No. 6-seeded Gabrielle Andrews of Pomona on Sunday.