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Girls' Tennis: CdM doubles up Dana Hills

Sea Kings sweep in doubles in big nonleague victory, earning first win over Dolphins in seven years.

September 11, 2013|By Matt Szabo

DANA POINT — Corona del Mar High sophomore Siena Sharf simply smiled late Wednesday afternoon, when asked if CdM is turning some heads early in the girls' tennis season.

"Yes," Sharf said. "A lot, probably."

Point taken, especially after the Sea Kings' big 12-6 nonleague victory at Dana Hills.

Yes, that Dana Hills, the one that had a run of five straight years of making the CIF Southern Section Division 1 championship match before bowing out in the semifinals last year. Yes, that Dana Hills, the one that CdM hadn't beaten since the Sea Kings' memorable undefeated Division 1 championship team of 2006.

Watch out, Division 1. The Sea Kings are getting some of their swagger back.

Their doubles teams certainly had it Wednesday. The teams of seniors Kenzie Purcifull and Kimmia Naaseh, Sharf and freshman Jasie Dunk, as well as junior Taylor Fogarty and sophomore Erica Chen, all swept the Dolphins.

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CdM Coach Brian Ricker said coming into the match he had no idea what the score would be, with the Sea Kings (2-0) on the upswing and the Dolphins (0-1) losing several key graduates from last year. But the word that Ricker used to describe sweeping Dana Hills in doubles? "Unbelievable."

"When I was watching them warm up, their girls looked so strong," Ricker said. "I thought there was a chance that we might get swept in doubles, but our girls kept to their game plan, especially with Kenzie and Taylor both having to charge the net all the time. With those girls ripping the ball as hard as they were, they didn't back off, and we ended up getting them in rallies. We forced errors out of them, and our girls executed up at the net."

The match was tied at 3-3 after the first round, only after a clutch 7-6 (7-2) victory by Purcifull and Naaseh at No. 1 doubles over Dana Hills senior Katie Olson and sophomore Ayla Fresinius. Purcifull and Naaseh rallied from 5-3 down in the set.

Corona del Mar then took control in the second round, winning five of six sets. The doubles teams all swept, and No. 1 singles player Lauren Thaxter and No. 2 Riley Gerdau each earned victories as well.

Thaxter, a senior and four-year starter, bounced back from a tough 6-1 opening-round loss to Dana Hills senior Margo Pletcher, who swept. Thaxter, who Ricker said is CdM's game-day captain, still earned two important singles victories.

"She leads by example on the court," Ricker said. "She never, ever gives up."

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