Delays can't stop Dana Hills from capturing Southern Regional


IRVINE – After being delayed since last month due to weather, the inaugural USTA Southern Regional was finally held Saturday at the Racquet Club of Irvine, and the fifth-seeded Dana Hills girls tennis team took home the trophy by defeating No. 7 seed Peninsula of Rolling Hills Estate, 4-3.

The match was supposed to take place at Seal Beach Tennis Center, but it was moved to RCI after the courts in Seal Beach were left soaked by rain.

The match was tied, 3-3, and came down to the No. 4 singles match. (In the regionals format, lineups are comprised of four singles players and three doubles teams. Each set is best-of-three and worth one point.)

So with all of the other matches completed, all eyes were on the Dolphins' Mona Mosavi in the final singles match. After losing her first set, 6-2, she came through with victories in the next two, 6-2, 6-4, giving the Dolphins the point they needed to capture the title.

"It was a total team effort out there today," Dolphins coach Justin Green said. "We left Alyssa (Smith) in singles and loaded up on the ones and twos (in singles and doubles).

"Mona had a ton of pressure on her in that situation, and she really delivered for us.

"It's a great honor to win this tournament in its first year."

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