Girls tennis playoffs: CdM, University win close battles, advance to semifinals


In the CIF-SS girls tennis playoffs on Monday:

In Division 1:

Corona del Mar 10, Dana Hills 8: With the match knotted up at 6-6 after two tightly contested rounds, the Sea Kings punched their ticket back to the semifinals with a four-point third round to edge an upset-minded Dolphins team.

CdM junior Danielle Willson swept on the singles side, while Jasie Dunk and Roxy MacKenzie each grabbed two points. Camellia Edalat and Brooke Kenerson added two points on the doubles side, while Sina Schwenk-Mueller came off the bench in the final round, paired up with Shaya Northrup, and grabbed a crucial late point in pairs play.

The top-seeded Sea Kings (22-0) will host No. 4 Harvard-Westlake of Studio City (16-2) on Wednesday afternoon.

The Wolverines knocked CdM out of the playoffs in the semifinals one year ago.

University 10, Peninsula 8: After falling behind 4-2 in the opening round, the Trojans grabbed four sets in both the second and third rounds, coming from behind to stun the three-time defending CIF champion Panthers.

University had lost to Peninsula, 11-7, less than a month ago, but behind a complete team effort, fought back to advance to Wednesday’s semifinals.

The Trojans (14-4) will travel to take on second-seeded Campbell Hall (17-0) in the semis. University lost to the Vikings, 11-7, in mid-Spetember.

Campbell Hall 15, Northwood 3: The Timberwolves' playoff run came to an end when they ran into a loaded Vikings squad.

Northwood finished the season with a 15-6 record, with all six of those losses coming against Division 1 opponents who were still in action during Monday’s quarterfinals.

In Division 2:

Palos Verdes 15, St. Margaret’s 3: The top-seeded Sea Kings ended the Tartans season in decisive fashion. St. Margaret’s finished the season with a 14-6 record.

Vista Murrieta 11, Aliso Niguel 7: The Wolverines (10-6) were unable to pull off the road upset, falling to the Broncos team that has reeled off seven straight wins.

In Division 3:

Temple City 12, Cypress 6: The Centurions put together a 17-6 campaign, but were unable to advance to Wednesday’s semifinals.

In Division 5:

Hemet 11, Bolsa Grande 7: After upsetting top-seeded Rim of the World in the opening round, the Matadors (13-8) could not keep their postseason run alive against a Bulldogs squad that’s won 12 in a row.

Orange 12, Paloma Valley 6: The Panthers (15-6) joined Corona del Mar and University as the only Orange County teams to advance to the semifinals. Orange will host Hemet on Wednesday.

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