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Top-Seeded Fullerton Troy Falls

November 25, 2003|Steve Galluzzo

Freshmen Kristin Teufel and Bethany Miller swept, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 3 doubles for second-seeded Santa Barbara, which edged top-seeded Fullerton Troy, 74-70, in games in the Southern Section Division II girls' tennis final Monday at the Claremont Club.

The Dons (18-2) led, 8-4, after the first two rotations of round-robin play, but Troy won five of the last six sets, and total games were counted to determine the winner.

"Our strategy was to stack doubles and hope we could pick up a few points in singles," said Santa Barbara sophomore Roxanne Teti, who swept at No. 2 doubles with partner Lizzie Collector. Kelly Hart, who normally plays No. 1 or No. 2 doubles for the Dons, played No. 1 singles to fill the spot of No. 3 singles player Kristen Franz, who was away on a trip. Hart and the Dons' best player, Whitney Peterson, both defeated Vaidehi Mahadev, 6-2, for Santa Barbara's only two singles points.

Cosmina Ciobanu swept, 6-0, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 1 singles and Clare Fermin swept, 6-1, 7-5, 6-1, at No. 2 singles for Troy (20-4), which was playing in its fifth consecutive Section final.

-- Steve Galluzzo

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