Lightning reverberation

Geocaris, Langer, who helped lead Sage Hill to CIF title six years ago, return to alma mater.

August 23, 2011|By Matt Szabo,

They are two of the most successful players in Sage Hill School tennis history, athletes who helped propel the Lightning girls' tennis team into becoming the most successful team at the school.

They won three Academy League titles in their high school careers and helped Sage secure the CIF Southern Section Division V title in 2005.

Now, Sarah Geocaris and Stephanie Langer are back.

Geocaris and Langer will be assistant coaches for the Lightning girls' tennis team this fall. The timing worked out great for the Lightning, Coach A.G. Longoria said, after they returned from the East Coast. Geocaris recently graduated from Wheaton College and Langer from Bowdoin College.


They were back in town and helping out this summer, running a junior tennis program in Newport Coast. Nobody had to tell Longoria to try to secure his former star players for the high school season, too.

"When I found out they were not going to grad school immediately in September, you know, click, the light went on," Longoria said. "I ran it by our athletic director and the school, and of course they went crazy. It's fantastic to have alumni come back, especially these alumni."

Before graduating high school in 2007, Geocaris and Langer developed reputations as clutch players. They were the ones who both swept in singles, 6-0, 6-0, 6-0, as the Lightning edged Aquinas of San Bernardino, 10-8, for the CIF title in 2005. It remains the only CIF title the girls' tennis program has won at Sage, and just one of three CIF team titles Lightning athletic programs have collected.

Each player went on to play in her respective Division III program in college. Geocaris was particularly successful, playing No. 1 or No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles all four years for Wheaton. Her junior year at Wheaton, the team won the New England Athletic Conference and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, both for the first time.

Geocaris, who was a French and music double major at Wheaton, was faced with a decision. She was supposed to go on a trip abroad to Paris at the same time.

"I had to make the decision pretty quickly, and I decided to stay with the team," Geocaris said. "I wanted to be a part of that experience and that history. I mean, I loved my team. They were like sisters to me. The decision was pretty clear to me."

Langer enjoyed playing at Bowdoin for the Polar Bears, as well. Yet she walked away from playing competitively after two years at the school.

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