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CIF girls tennis: Wildcats’ depth carries the day

West Ranch is able to overcome Santiago’s singles

Posted: November 15, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 15, 2011 1:55 a.m.
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With two dominant singles players leading Santiago High of Corona, West Ranch girls tennis head coach Eric Spiecker knew it would be a challenging match.

Those two singles players won all of their sets. But thanks to the Wildcats’ depth, they’re the ones advancing.

West Ranch beat Santiago 10-8 on Monday in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs in Corona. The match had originally been scheduled for Saturday, but rain forced a postponement.

The doubles teams came through for West Ranch (17-0), which will travel to face Wilson High of Long Beach at 2 p.m. today in the quarterfinals.

“Depth was very important,” Spiecker said. “It’s totally a team sport. We’ve learned that.”

Santiago’s top two singles players, Taylor Lefridge and Caroline Hall, swept their three sets, leaving the Sharks just four sets from victory.

West Ranch wouldn’t let them have it.

The doubles team of MacKenzie Lyle and Jordyn Jaffe swept its three sets 6-2, 6-1 and 7-5, and the team of Sarah Andrews and Amanda Wilkinson swept as well 6-0, 6-3 and 6-4.

“Every player on this team has stepped up when we’ve needed something,” Spiecker said. “You never know who it’s going to be.”

The Wildcats’ No. 1 team of Gabrielle Morici and Lena Poonnopatam won two sets 6-2 and 6-2 but dropped the other set 4-6.

In singles, Ana Cecila Fuentes won 6-0 but lost to both Lefridge and Hall, as did Julia Lynch. But Lynch won her other set 7-5 and the Wildcats won the match.

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