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Sage passes test

Boys' Tennis

Lightning move on to quarterfinals after beating Kennedy in CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs.

May 12, 2012|By Matt Szabo

"We sort of made a compromise with the doctors, that he'd only play doubles," Longoria said. "He had his wrist drained this week, and I know he's been in a lot of pain. The good thing is that he can play doubles or singles. He's a great team guy. He's a co-captain, and he'll do whatever it takes."

Longoria said he was expecting a closer match Friday. The gap was wider because of a pair of impressive singles wins. Sophomore lefty David Kim, a transfer from Mater Dei, won twice, including a 7-5 victory over Kennedy No. 1 singles player William Park. And Sage freshman Gordon Strelow subbed in for a 6-1 victory over Park.

"We were planning on only getting three in singles," Longoria said. "I think they kind of stacked their doubles a little bit ... We're so thin. I was thinking [it would be] 10-8; 10-8 for us this year is a blowout. We just don't have the depth. We've got to make sure that Robbe doesn't lose any, and No. 1 doubles doesn't lose any."

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Keisuke Fukazawa won a pair of singles sets for Kennedy (12-6), the second-place team from the Empire League. But the Lightning had a 9-3 lead after the second round and clinched the match shortly after.

If Sage Hill can get past Vista Murrieta, a semifinal match against Academy League champion Whitney could loom. No. 2-seeded Whitney defeated Sage both times in league, 11-7 and 10-8.

"I think the pressure's going to be on them," Longoria said. "They beat us twice, so they're supposed to win ... Let's hope we get there."

matthew.szabo@latimes.com

Twitter: @mjszabo

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