Girls' Tennis: CdM into SoCal quarters

Sea Kings easily top Granada Hills at home, will play Torrey Pines on Friday morning in Claremont.

November 19, 2013|By Matt Szabo

Lauren Thaxter said it makes her proud, being a senior captain on the first Corona del Mar High girls' tennis team to participate in the CIF USTA Southern Regional Championships.

Thaxter got to play a lot more than the rest of her teammates Tuesday at home, in No. 7-seeded CdM's first match against No. 12 Granada Hills.

CdM's other three singles players and three doubles teams finished off victories by about 3 p.m., an hour after the match began. Eighty minutes later, Thaxter was still locked in a battle with Granada Hills No. 1 singles player Sarah Nuno.


The players split the first two sets, both in tiebreakers. Thaxter and Nuno agreed to play a third-set super-tiebreaker instead of a full third set, and it made sense.

"I usually do better in third sets, but I mean, my team had already won," Thaxter said. "I didn't want to make them stay for a whole another set. They were already done when I was in the middle of my first [set]."

Nuno, the two-time Los Angeles City Section singles champion, prevailed, 6-7, 7-6, 10-6. But that was the only set the visitors could muster as CdM won easily, 6-1.

Thaxter can expect another tough set Friday morning, when CdM will play No. 2-seeded Torrey Pines in a quarterfinal match at 10 a.m. at The Claremont Club. Beat Torrey Pines, and CdM could face rival University, the No. 3 seed, in a semifinal at 1 p.m. Friday.

Unlike regular dual matches, the regional format is not round-robin. The top four singles players and top three doubles duos from each team play each other in one match, best of three sets.

"It's kind a bummer, because usually the other team's No. 1 singles [player] is a high-ranked player," Thaxter said. "I usually don't do well, but I understand, it's [about] the team. If I play No. 1, then everyone [on my team] moves down a step and they have a better chance to win. It's just a team effort."

That was true Tuesday against Granada Hills, the L.A. City Section runner-up. Everyone else easily swept through her sets.

CdM's Riley Gerdau 'double bageled' Granada Hills' Megan Kim, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 2 singles. At Nos. 3 and 4 singles, CdM's Shelby Anderson and Elena Fish beat Christine Yi and Anna Davenport by the same scores.

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