SEAL BEACH — This is her first year in high school tennis, but the postseason tournament draw is similar to ones Corona del Mar High senior Lynda Xepoleas has seen before.
The bracket still goes from left to right, and you still want to make sure your name keeps advancing further right. Sixty-four of the top players in Southern California were in the draw as the CIF Southern Section girls' tennis Individuals began. After five rounds, just four singles players remain.
"It seems pretty much just like a little tournament," Xepoleas said. "It's a little different because you're representing your school, not just yourself. You just keep that in mind."
Xepoleas made sure she represented the Sea Kings well. She played her way into the final four Thursday at Seal Beach Tennis Center, easily winning both of her matches. She beat West Covina sophomore Alexis Valenzuela in her round of 16 match, 6-0, 6-0, then got by Warren senior Nicole Kosakowski, 6-2, 6-1 in a quarterfinal match.