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Girls' Tennis: CdM starts CIF strong

Sea Kings sweep in doubles in first-round win, but will face tougher challenge Thursday at Peninsula.

October 31, 2012|By Matt Szabo
  • Corona del Mar's Riley Gerdau, left, and Kenzie Purcifull compete against San Marcos during a first-round match of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs.
Corona del Mar's Riley Gerdau, left, and Kenzie… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

CORONA DEL MAR — The Corona del Mar High doubles team of Kenzie Purcifull and Riley Gerdau earned its first "triple bagel" of the season Wednesday.

Purcifull and Gerdau swept visiting San Marcos, 6-0, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 1 doubles. It was part of a dominating effort for the Sea Kings, who cruised to a 15-3 victory in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs.

Even after the triple bagel, Gerdau showed she is still hungry for more competition. See, the Sea Kings play at No. 4-seeded Palos Verdes Peninsula in the second round at 2 p.m. Thursday. The match was moved up a day.

It's the same Peninsula team that dominated CdM, 14-4, in a nonleague meeting Sept. 5. The Panthers led, 12-0, after two rounds.

The Sea Kings again will be underdogs this time, but Gerdau is confident and can't wait for the match.

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"We've gotten so much better than since we played them last time," Gerdau said. "They're not expecting it. We're just going to come out and beat them. Biggest upset of the year ... They still think that we're not good, but we've gotten a lot better."

CdM Coach Brian Ricker is not quite predicting victory, but he did remind his squad about what happened two years ago. In 2010, CdM lost to Peninsula, 13-5, in a nonleague match before coming back to top the Panthers, 12-6, in a Division 1 quarterfinal.

"It's going to be an interesting test for our doubles," Ricker said. "The first time we played Peninsula, their doubles overwhelmed us. They hit at our net people, they were big, they were strong and they went down the alley on almost every ball. Our girls just weren't prepared for that kind of pace, that kind of style. But our doubles have improved so much this year ... it'll be a good test to see how far we've come."

Ricker said he has never had a match against San Marcos, in all his years of coaching. But the Sea Kings (16-5) were not really tested against the Royals (10-9), the second-place team from the Channel League. They swept in doubles, with set scores ranging from 6-0 to 6-2. Kimmia Naaseh and Taylor Fogarty also swept, and Sophia Chen and Siena Sharf won twice before senior substitutes Maddie Hayward and Skylar Dapp also won.

CdM led 6-0 after the first round, and 11-1 after two rounds. Lauren Thaxter and Olivia Dajee each won twice in singles, and Shelby Anderson also won a set for the Sea Kings.

San Marcos got its only set wins from Renee Handley, who won twice, and Jordan Lund.

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