SBCC’s Angner reaches semifinals of State

SBCC’s Sophie Angner won two matches on Friday to move into the semifinals of the State Individual Championships at Balboa Tennis Club in San Diego.

The freshman from Sweden was seeded No. 3 in the South. She cruised past Chloe Vicari of Sierra 6-1, 6-1, then beat Sonia Landeros (#5 South) of state team champion Ventura 6-1, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.

It’s the third straight week that Angner has gained the semifinals in a major tourney. Three of the four semifinalists are from the Vaqueros’ conference, the Western State Conference.

“Sophie had a good draw and she played awesome,” said coach Debbie Ekola.

Angner will take on Brazilian Juliana Bacelar (#1 South) of Ventura at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Bacelar defeated Angner in the semis of last week’s Southern Cal Regional 6-2, 6-1 on the way to winning the title.

In doubles, Angner and Talia Hudson are the third seed in the South. In a match that started at 7 p.m., they beat Courtnei Chance-Jacquelyn Ward of Sierra 7-5, 6-2. Angner and Hudson won their quarterfinal when Chun Young-Shin and Lindsay Guardado of El Camino defaulted due to injury.

“We’re not used to playing under the lights but we played well,” Ekola noted. “I was ecstatic when I heard we got a default and didn’t have to play again. The girls got some pasta and an ice bath.”

Angner-Hudson will get a rematch with Jessica Worring-Sonia Landeros of Ventura in Saturday’s semifinals, slated for 4 p.m. Worring-Landeros, the #1 seed from the South, beat Angner-Hudson in last week’s Regional quarterfinals, 6-1, 7-6.

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