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Islander Girls Tennis Team Sweeps Top Four Spots In Western League Doubles Tournament

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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2019 1:22 pm | Updated: 1:28 pm, Mon Nov 4, 2019.

Last week Islander Girls Tennis Head Coach Rob Moore said his wish was for his four doubles teams in the Western League Tournament to all reach the semi-finals, so he wouldn’t have to coach. He was kidding, after all he was at the tournament anyway, but he got his wish. To pull off the feat, Moore thinks it’s a first for the Western League, the Islander doubles team of Samantha Russell/Kate Perley, which was seeded No. 5, had to pull off an upset by defeating the La Jolla doubles team of Puri/Westwood, who were seeded No. 4.

Moore said of the match, “Russell/Perley had to come from behind, 5-6 in the 8-game pro-set format to avenge a 6-4 loss against La Jolla the week before. They absolutely dominated the last three games of that pro-set and it was obvious the La Jolla team just looked beat down in the heat. That set up the all-Coronado doubles Semi-Final.”

To set the doubles field, the No. 1 seed was Alejandra Gonzalez/Marla Steel; seeded No. 2 were Olivia Strong/Lily Vu, No. 3 were Ellie Johnson/Ana De La Lama, and No. 5 were Russell/Perley. In the Semi-Finals Gonzalez/Steel defeated Perley/Russell 6-4, 6-0 and De La Lama/Johnson defeated Strong/Vu after splitting the first two sets.

Moore said of the Finals, “Gonzalez/Steel were dialed in as they beat their teammates Johnson/ De La Lama 6-3, 6-3. The Johnson/De La Lama team had only lost one match in the Western League all year and Gonzalez/Steel went undefeated, so it was appropriate they met in the Finals. By reaching the Semi-finals all four of those Coronado teams qualified for the CIF Individual Championships.”

Moore provided some additional details regarding the event. “It was definitely hot at Balboa, probably the court temperatures were around 100 degrees. Sinaia Haskal had to play the No. 2 seed for her first singles match and that was a shame, as she is one of the Top 10 players in League. Also, our doubles team of Lauren Pettit/Jolee Barr drew a high seed, that same No. 4 seeded team from La Jolla, and lost 8-2. That score doesn’t truly reflect how tight that match was in the early going. Tiana French made it to the Quarter-Finals and was automatically in the back draw Semi-Finals, but she had to withdraw due to injury. Meanwhile, teammate Elsa Ostermarker though defeated in the Quarter-Finals, came roaring back with a 7-6, 6-3 win in the singles back draw Semi-Finals and won 6-2, 6-0 in the Finals to secure her spot in the CIF Individuals. It’s possible we may be able to get some at-large entrants into the CIF singles as well.”  

The All-Western League teams were announced, and four Coronado doubles teams were named to the First Team. They are Alejandra Gonzalez/Marla Steel, Ellie Johnson/Ana De La Lama, Olivia Strong/Lily Vu and Samantha Russell/Kate Perley. Ostermarker and French were named to the All-Western League Second Team.

In other tennis news, the Islanders earned the No. 4 seed in the CIF Open Division, the program’s highest seed ever, and they were scheduled to host the No. 5 seed from The Bishop’s School Tuesday at the Robbin Adair Tennis Courts in Coronado, starting at 2:30 p.m. The match between the two teams earlier in the season at Bishop’s couldn’t have been closer, as the set scores were tied 9-9, the game scores were tied and the match was decided by the total number of doubles sets won, which went to Coronado 6-3.

Moore said of the CIF Open Division match, “We have to sweep the doubles and win a set or two in singles.” The winner of the Coronado vs. Bishop’s match will travel to face No. 1 seed Canyon Crest Academy Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. The Open Division Team Finals will be played at the Balboa Tennis Club Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

The CIF San Diego Section Singles and Doubles competition will begin Monday, Nov. 11.

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