NEWPORT BEACH — The Sage Hill School girls' tennis team expected St. Margaret's standout Zoe Oedekerk to play in Tuesday's Academy League opener, but the junior has been battling a back injury.
Would Oedekerk play singles or doubles? Lightning Coach A.G. Longoria engineered a sly way to find out.
During the player introductions he started at the No. 3 players and worked up to No. 1. Longoria had two lineups prepared, one for if Oedekerk played singles and one for if she played doubles. When St. Margaret's announced Oedekerk at No. 3 doubles, on the fly Longoria went with his stronger singles lineup, announcing Kimberly Brown at No. 1 singles instead of in doubles.
"I was waiting for them to commit," said Longoria, a two-time California High School Tennis Coach of the Year. "As a young college Division I coach, I learned a lot of tricks."
The plan was solid, but Sage Hill still had to win the match. The Lightning couldn't do it, falling, 10-8, at The Tennis Club Newport Beach.