NEWPORT BEACH — When Robbe Simon twists and turns to hit the tennis ball across the net there isn't any more pain. Last year, he dealt with a bad back and was relegated to doubles play for the Sage Hill School boys' tennis team.
But things have changed for Simon, and for the Lightning squad too. Simon is now Sage Hill's No. 1 singles player. He doesn't look to be in any pain now.
His play this year is one of many reasons Sage Hill appears at the top of its game seeking its first CIF Southern Section crown in boys' tennis. Simon swept at love Tuesday helping the No. 3-seeded Lightning to a 14-4 Division III quarterfinal win over visiting Long Beach Wilson at The Tennis Club Newport Beach.
Sage Hill (18-5) advances to the semifinals for the third straight year. The Lightning will play at No. 2-seeded Cerritos Tuesday.