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High Schools | SOUTHERN SECTION GIRLS' TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Peninsula's Title Win Is Return to Form

November 25, 2003|Lauren Peterson; Steve Galluzzo

Senior Macall Harkins and junior Paige Weber gave up only four games in three sets and Rolling Hills Estates Peninsula won eight of nine doubles sets to beat Beverly Hills, 11-7, in the Southern Section Division I girls' tennis championships Monday at The Claremont Club.

The victory was a return to glory for the top-seeded Panthers (23-0), who advanced to the division final 11 consecutive times before being eliminated in the quarterfinals last season. It is Peninsula's 11th section title.

Despite a 6-3 first-round upset of Peninsula's top player, Alex Jurewitz, by Beverly Hills' No. 2 player Tova Hausman, the Panthers took an early 4-2 advantage, and led, 8-4, after the second round. Hausman and Beverly Hills' No. 1 Riza Zalameda each won three sets to give the Normans (16-3) six of nine in singles.

North Hollywood Campbell Hall 10, Long Beach Poly 8 -- The No. 2 team of Cheyenne Reveche and Kimberly DeLeon gave up only one game in three sets to lead a doubles sweep and Daron Moore posted the only singles victory as the Vikings (21-0) won the Division III title, the school's first by a girls' team.

Moore, a senior headed to Tennessee, played No. 1 singles and clinched the match with a dramatic 7-6 (3) victory over the Mindy King, the No. 3 player for Long Beach Poly (18-3). Moore rallied from a 3-1 deficit to force a tiebreaker, which she won after taking a 6-1 lead.

Malibu 11, Anaheim Savanna 7 -- The fourth-seeded Sharks won all nine singles sets and sisters Megan and Casey Zweig picked up two key doubles sets as Malibu (18-2) won the Division V championship, the school's first in girls' tennis.

Frontier League singles champion Kelly Stewart and freshmen Chelsea Mosser and Dalya Perelman combined on the singles sweep.

Second-seeded Savanna (22-1), making its first appearance in a division final, got a three-set sweep by its No. 2 doubles team of seniors Pearl Parker and Kristina Moran.

-- Lauren Peterson

Oxnard 12, Ventura St. Bonaventure 6 -- Mykala Hedberg and Falon Lopez each swept three singles sets and Natalie Tejada and Camille Whittingham swept at No. 1 doubles for second-seeded Oxnard, which won its first Southern Section title and ended defending champion St. Bonaventure's 43-match winning streak in the Division IV final.

Sisters Maria and Fatima Sanchez won two of three at No. 2 doubles for the Yellowjackets (17-3).

-- Steve Galluzzo

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