NEWPORT BEACH — The defending Academy League champion met an up-and-comer Tuesday afternoon at The Tennis Club.
Something had to gave in the boys' tennis match. Sage Hill Coach A.G. Longoria hoped it wouldn't be his Lightning on the short end against Crean Lutheran.
"I've predicted all along that Crean is going to dominate the Academy League over the next five years, because of where they are [Irvine] and how big they are and how fast they'll grow," Longoria said. "They're twice as good as they were last year, in one year."
It still wasn't enough against Sage, which won the key league match, 10-8.
The Lightning, the defending CIF Southern Section Division 3 champions and top-ranked in the division again, had enough to outlast No. 4 Crean Lutheran. Longoria wasn't sure that would be the case, especially since his team played without senior Denis Cirit, who was out sick.