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Sage duo makes history

Boys' Tennis

Manolakas and Magliarditi become first Lightning boys to advance out of CIF Individuals regional. CdM's Murray and Gordon also move on.

May 18, 2012|By Matt Szabo

CORONA DEL MAR — Everyone else had gone home, but Alex Manolakas and Eric Magliarditi were still on the court at Corona del Mar High.

As 4 p.m. neared, the Sage Hill School doubles team was entering the seventh hour of its workday at the CIF Southern Section Individuals regionals. Manolakas and Magliarditi were locked in an intense match with Ricky Kurtz and Max Boice of Santa Margarita.

Manolakas and Magliarditi survived, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4). In doing so, they made history.

Their third win of the day made them the first player or doubles team in Lightning boys' tennis history to advance out of the CIF Individuals regionals. Manolakas and Magliarditi, who have played at No. 1 doubles all year for Sage Hill, will likely play in the Round of 32 on Thursday at Whittier Narrows Tennis Center.

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There were five regionals on Friday throughout the Southern Section, and 20 total doubles teams advanced. The eight lowest-seeded teams are required to play in the Round of 32 "play-in" round on Thursday.

Manolakas and Magliarditi are just happy to move on.

"It was the last thing that I wanted to do in my high school career," said Manolakas, a senior who helped Sage win a Division 3 team title last year but who had never won a round at Individuals before. "It's great to just win a round ... I had [making history] in the back of my mind when we were playing. It feels really good."

Manolakas and Magliarditi, a sophomore, came up big. So did Corona del Mar High senior Alex Murray and his freshman partner Henry Gordon.

Murray and Gordon also advanced, more-than-likely to the Round of 16 on Friday at Seal Beach Tennis Center. After a first-round bye, they rolled past Timmy Pham and David Nguyen of Garden Grove Santiago, 6-0, 6-1. They then topped Darren Dinh and Evan Nguyen of Huntington Beach, 6-3, 6-1.

Murray, playing in his first CIF Individuals, said his motivation is simple. He wants to make the championship match. That would earn him and Gordon, the Pacific Coast League doubles finalists, a CIF plaque at the CdM tennis courts.

"I want to say we have a good chance," said Murray, headed to the University of Wisconsin for academics. "I want to get a plaque up there. I want to be next to [2010 CIF Individuals doubles finalists] Ryan Peyton and Shane Korber. It really does [mean a lot]. It's kind of like our Hall of Fame.

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