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Girls' Tennis

Lightning pull off upset on road, taking down top seed to advance to second straight CIF title match.

November 17, 2011

STEVENSON RANCH — The Sage Hill School girls' tennis team used a big-time effort in the second go-round to pull off a 10-5 victory at top-seeded West Ranch High in a CIF Southern Section Division III semifinal Thursday.

The remaining three sets were called due to darkness.

The Lightning (23-4), the No. 4 seed, will play in the final against rival and No. 2-seeded St. Margaret's Monday at 11:30 a.m. at The Claremont Club. Sage Hill lost twice to St. Margaret's during Academy League play.

After a 3-3 tie in the first round, the Lightning won five sets in the second round to take control.

The No. 2 doubles team of Katie Bick and Casey Astorino won its set, 7-6, and the No. 3 doubles team of Ava Soleimany and Lauren Hsu also won, 7-6.

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Coach A.G. Longoria said it was huge that the Lightning recorded five wins in singles. Liana Korber, Sage's No. 1, won twice, as did No. 2 Molly Wang. Amira Tarsadia earned a singles win for Sage.

"This is really amazing," Longoria said. "We've been on the road and we just keep winning. We had outstanding play from everybody."

— From staff reports

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