Sage Hill moves on to semis

Boys' Tennis

Lightning takes down Vista Murrieta, setting up rematch against Academy League champion Whitney.

May 15, 2012|By Bruce Bourquin, Special to the Daily Pilot

NEWPORT BEACH — After an exhausting, emotionally-charged set in which Sage Hill School's No. 3 doubles team of Garrett Rapport and Sam Sherman lost, 7-6 (7-4), the pair had two choices.

The first was to let the tough loss to Chad Holden and Austin Sinclair of Vista Murrieta, which included a controversial call in the tiebreaker, get to them. The second was to forget about it, move on and win the final-round doubles set.

The Lightning duo chose the latter route, winning two out of three doubles sets to help their team top the Broncos, 11-7, in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 quarterfinal match at The Tennis Club Newport Beach.


At 3 p.m. on Tuesday, in the semifinals, Academy League No. 3 team and defending CIF Division 3 champion Sage Hill (12-10) will travel to Cerritos to play at Whitney, the No. 2 seed that swept the Lightning in league by razor-thin scores of 9-9 (74-67 on games) and 11-7.

Whitney, the Academy League champion, beat Long Beach Wilson, 11-7, in the quarterfinals.

St. Margaret's, the Academy League's runner-up, edged Cerritos on Tuesday, 9-9 (77-75 on games), to advance to the semifinals on the opposite side of the Lightning's bracket.

"Our doubles have to get us seven wins; 11-7 is really big for us," Sage Hill Coach A.G. Longoria said. "We can't blow anybody away. We don't have the depth like we did last year. Garrett and Sam moving on to win like that, that was huge. They came through for us, gave us an insurance lead."

Rapport, a senior and a third-year varsity player, teamed up with Sherman, a fiery transfer from Minnesota, to win the final-round set, 6-2, over Mikael Carpenter and Garrett Arnold. That victory was part of Sage Hill's doubles dominance, as it won eight out of nine sets.

"We held first break [in the loss]," Rapport said. "We let down a little bit. Going into the tiebreaker, we were a little frustrated. Sam and I forgot everything and just played."

The Lightning received a critical singles sweep from Robbe Simon, a senior co-captain who won his sets, 6-0, 6-1 and 6-0.

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