Northwood continues march through Division 1 playoffs


A day after winning in the wild-card round, Northwood’s girls tennis team maintained its momentum with a 12-6 victory over Villa Park on Wednesday in a CIF-SS Division 1 first round matchup at Villa Park High.

“They got us working overtime,” Northwood coach John Tichy joked after watching his team earn its second win in as many days. “It was beautiful though. It really was a team effort today. We just got better as things went on. The matchups went our way in the second and third round.”

After the teams split the opening round, 3-3, the Timberwolves (14-5) went on to win four sets in the second round and five in the third.

Northwood went 8-1 in doubles against the Spartans (15-3), receiving sweeps from the Frances Kroll-Deepika Reddy pair and the Angelyn Le-Carolyn Dear tandem.

Megan Mansonhing and partner Ashley Le went 2-1.

“Stellar day for our doubles core,” Tichy added. “They’ve been playing great these last two days.”

Senior Kerisa Lin notched three points with a sweep on the singles side, capping a stellar afternoon with a 7-5 win over the Crestview League singles champ Soly Colling.

The Timberwolves, ranked fifth in the county, will host San Clemente on Friday afternoon in a second-round matchup. The Tritons (16-2) are ranked third in the county.

Also in Division 1:

Corona del Mar 15, Mater Dei 3: The top-seeded Sea Kings knocked off the Trinity League co-champs, getting singles sweeps from Danielle Willson and Jasie Dunk, while Camellia Edalat and Brooke Kenerson earned three points in doubles. CdM will travel to take on Fountain Valley in Friday’s second round.

Fountain Valley 10, Dos Pueblos 8: Each of the Barons three doubles tandems accounted for two points, as did Hanh Pham on the singles side, giving Fountain Valley a tight victory over the host Chargers.

San Clemente 14, Sage Hill 4: Jenna Yeam, Sami Neilson and Lindsay Hung each dominated their singles sets, collectively going 9-0 to lead the Tritons past the Lightning in a matchup between top-10 county teams.

University 17, Laguna Beach 1: After dominating the host Breakers from start to finish, the Trojans will host ML King of Riverside on Friday. King edged Los Alamitos, 10-8, in the first round.

Santa Margarita 10, Valencia 8: The Eagles will get a crack at the three-time defending Division 1 champs, Peninsula, on Friday after a narrow victory over the Vikings.

Dana Hills 15, Placentia 3: The Dolphins welcomed the defending Division 3 champion Tigers to the Division 1 ranks with a lopsided victory. Dana Hills will host Oaks Christian of Westlake Village on Friday.

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