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Purcifull, Naaseh set the trend

Daily Pilot High School Athletes of the Week

No. 1 doubles team, which helped CdM capture tournament in Clovis last weekend, has not dropped a set this year.

September 13, 2013|By Matt Szabo
  • The Corona del Mar High doubles team of Kimmia Naaseh, left, and Kenzie Purcifull are the Daily Pilot High School Athletes of the Week.
The Corona del Mar High doubles team of Kimmia Naaseh,… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

It took a spry teenager to get the Corona del Mar High girls' tennis team into "spry blue" uniforms.

Her name is Kenzie Purcifull.

At the start of Purcifull's sophomore year, Coach Brian Ricker gave team uniform responsibilities to her mother, Renee. Kenzie saw an opportunity.

She already wore the popular Lululemon Athletica apparel line when she played tennis. So why not equip all of the Sea Kings in Lululemon? They weren't tennis uniforms per se — the company describes itself as making yoga clothes and running gear — but Kenzie Purcifull was attracted to the bright colors and aggressive styling.

Ricker was initially not so much in favor of the change. It was easy for Purcifull, who wants to be an economics major in college, to understand why. The Lululemon uniforms were slightly more expensive than Nike's at the time, although Purcifull said that is no longer true.

"They don't really do team sales like Nike does," she said. "You just have to buy them when you see them. It was difficult, but I think it's worth it, because every tournament we go to we get so many compliments. We never see a team that has the same outfit as us. I think they're really good quality, and they're just different. This year we have a blue and white striped skirt, which I've never seen before I bought these. They're just unique and different from your Nike or K-Swiss, your team sales from Tennis Warehouse kind of uniforms."

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Kenzie Purcifull is now a senior, and Ricker said that part of her legacy is that she changed the Sea Kings' uniforms.

But don't get it twisted. Purcifull, who was moved up to varsity as a freshman, is pretty darn good at tennis too.

Last weekend at the California Girls' Tennis Classic in Clovis, she and her senior doubles partner, Kimmia Naaseh, made sure that CdM didn't walk away as "lululosers."

The Daily Pilot Athletes of the Week swept at No. 1 doubles as the No. 5-seeded Sea Kings won the title in Division 1, topping Mountain View St. Francis, 5-2, in the final.

In a 4-3 semifinal victory over top-seeded defending champion Cupertino Monte Vista, Purcifull and Naaseh won a tight match in a third-set tiebreaker, 3-6, 6-4, 10-5. They helped CdM end Monte Vista's 57-match winning streak.

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