Sage Hill School tennis assistant coach Dave Siegmund sent me an email Monday. The subject line caught my attention.
"Championships are won by players like Ava Soleimany," it read.
After I heard about what Soleimany did Saturday at the Division III Invitational at The Tennis Club Newport Beach, I had to agree.
The big event featured each of the top three teams in the CIF Southern Section Division III coaches' poll — West Ranch, St. Margaret's and Sage Hill — as well as Long Beach Wilson.
Soleimany, a senior, came up big in the tournament, which was played in the old college format of six singles and three doubles sets. Against West Ranch, she and teammate Kimberly Brown won their long doubles set in a third set super-tiebreaker. Then Soleimany did the same in singles, out-grinding her opponent to win the super-tiebreaker, 10-1. Sage won the match, 7-2, but the grueling sets took their toll on Soleimany.