One has a background in horseback riding, and one in sailing.
When Corona del Mar High seniors Kalika Slevcove and Morgan McVey started playing tennis four or five years ago, they relied on their good hand-eye coordination to help them out. Still, these aren't the girls who had a racket in their hands from the time they could walk.
"We're playing catch-up," Slevcove said.
But this year the opponents usually say the same thing.
Slevcove and McVey evolved into a reliable doubles team this year for the Sea Kings, whose season ended Thursday with a loss to top-seeded Campbell Hall in the CIF Southern Section Division I semifinals. Two days prior, Slevcove and McVey won two of three sets as CdM upset Peninsula, 12-6, to reach its 12th straight semifinal.
Slevcove and McVey, who had a 17-3 record prior to the Campbell Hall match, took different paths to this point. Slevcove's been riding a horse since before she can remember, which is what happens when you live up on a ranch on the edge of the Back Bay and your family owns multiple horses. She had her first horse show when she was just 18 months old.