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Mesa earns key win

Girls' Tennis

Mustangs are in third place in the Orange Coast League after scoring victory over Estancia.

October 11, 2011|By Matt Szabo
(Kevin Chang / Daily…)

COSTA MESA — As senior captains, Jacky Dang and Lisa Vu said they sometimes get nervous on the court for the Costa Mesa High girls' tennis team.

The Mustangs are fairly young, and Dang and Vu feel a certain sense of responsibility.

"I put more heart into it when I play now," Dang said. "Last year, I didn't really get nervous … but it's our team this year. We're captains, and I just feel like it's expected of us to try, to put forth effort. And I love tennis."

Dang and Vu swept Tuesday, winning 18 of 19 games. They helped make sure all of their teammates could love the result against crosstown rival Estancia as well.

Costa Mesa beat Estancia, 13-5, in the critical Orange Coast League match at Costa Mesa High.

Halfway through league play, the Mustangs sit at 3-2. They're in third place in the six-team league, behind only Laguna Beach and Calvary Chapel. Only the top three teams are guaranteed berths into the CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs.

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"There's three teams that are very even — Godinez, us and Estancia," Costa Mesa Coach Jan Migaki said. "It's good. We're through with our first round, so it kind of shows us the pecking order in the middle there … That's why this was a real sweet win. Plus, this was our rival."

After the win the Mustangs tried to dump some water on junior varsity coach Brett Sacks, but most of it ended up on the court. Luckily, they were more accurate during the actual match.

Mesa was consistent. Though the No. 1 doubles team of Dang and Vu was the only one to sweep, all three singles players — and the other two doubles teams — all won two of three sets.

Sophomore Mahina Won-Milho, junior Yurika Joi and sophomore Catherine Debbas each won twice in singles for Mesa. The doubles teams of Rachel Russell and Stephanie Rand, as well as Rose Valenzuela and Ciara Rudas, also won twice.

Russell and Rand went to a tiebreaker in their second-round match against Estancia's Leah Woodside and Serena Kao. Russell and Rand were down, 3-0, in the tiebreaker, but rallied for a 7-4 victory. That helped give the Mustangs an 8-4 lead after two rounds, and they also finished strong by winning five of six sets in the final round.

"I think it's pretty amazing, because our team's really young," Dang said. "For us to beat Estancia, our rivals, it means a lot. The determination that was out there today was just unbelievable. I'm so proud of everyone on our team."

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