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CdM keeps winning

Girls' Tennis

Sea Kings again sweep in doubles, stay unbeaten after topping Santa Margarita on road.

September 18, 2013|By Matt Szabo

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA — The final tiebreaker ended quickly, maybe a little bit too quickly for Corona del Mar High freshman Jasie Dunk on Wednesday at Santa Margarita High.

Dunk and her sophomore partner, Siena Sharf, edged out a 7-6 (8-6) victory over Maddie Gehrich and Alexis Coglitore of Santa Margarita.

The tiebreaker and set were over on a winning volley by Sharf, much to the surprise of Dunk.

"Yeah, I thought we were going to 10 [points]," Dunk said with a laugh after the match.

The Sea Kings' only freshman starter can be excused. After all, a tiebreaker victory is a rarity for the Sea Kings' doubles teams this season.

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Usually, the scores are much more lopsided.

CdM's doubles teams dominated again Wednesday, sweeping in CdM's key 12-6 nonleague road victory.

CdM's No. 1 team of seniors Kenzie Purcifull and Kimmia Naaseh is now 11-0. The Nos. 2 and 3 teams of Sharf and Dunk, as well as junior Taylor Fogarty and sophomore Erica Chen, are now both 10-1.

Those are dominant numbers for the surging Sea Kings (4-0), who are ranked No. 4 in CIF Southern Section Division 1.

"We can lose, but we just try not to think about that," Sharf said. "We just stay positive the whole time."

Santa Margarita (4-2), the seven-time defending Trinity League champion, boasts a strong singles lineup. It features senior Alexandra Krogius and freshman Katie Chang, who is the niece of former professional tennis star Michael Chang.

Krogius and Chang both easily swept, with scores ranging from 6-0 to 6-2. But CdM earned three wins off Santa Margarita's No. 3 singles player, with Riley Gerdau, Elena Fish and Lauren Thaxter picking up one each.

CdM won each round 4-2, clinching the victory early in the final round after victories by Gerdau in singles, and Purcifull and Naaseh in doubles.

"Once again, doubles coming through," CdM Coach Brian Ricker said. "I guess that's our theme: sweep doubles, sweep No. 3 singles and see what other points we can get."

An experienced doubles lineup, which also went undefeated at the California Girls' Tennis Classic won by CdM earlier this month, has been tough for opponents to crack. CdM also swept in doubles in its big win at Dana Hills last week, and the regulars all won twice before being subbed out of Tuesday's Battle of the Bay victory over Newport Harbor.

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