GTen: Santa Margarita survives San Marcos

San Marcos Girls Tennis

San Marcos’ Carley McDaniel won a set with doubles partner Julia Frohling. (John Dvorak/Presidio Sports Photos)

Entering the third round of Wednesday’s CIF division-1 girls tennis playoff match, San Marcos and Santa Margarita were in a dead heat. The final round was all Eagles, however, as Santa Margarita won all but one set on the way to an 11-7 victory.

Santa Margarita dominated the singles lineup throughout the match, winning seven of nine sets, on their way to advancing to Friday’s second round. Katie Chang, the niece of tennis great Michael Chang, swept three sets 6-2, 6-4, 6-1. Kristina Breisacher, Santa Margarita’s No. 2 in singles, also swept her matches 6-2, 6-0, 6-2.

“My No. 1 and No. 2 (Chang and Breisacher) all season have been really the difference when we play really tight matches,” said Eagles head coach Eric Michaut. “They’ve been coming through every single time.”

It was just the second loss of the season for the Channel League champion Royals. San Marcos ends its season with a 16-2 record.

“They’re a good team and I’m really proud with how we hung in there and gave them a run for their money,” said San Marcos head coach Fred Hartzman.

“I was really happy to be 3-3 after that first round, it continued into the second round and, yeah, just kind of ran out of steam there, I think, in the third round.”

San Marcos’ Yuka Perera and the No. 1 doubles team of Renee Handley and Sarah Yang still have tennis to play. The CIF Individual Tournament begins Thanksgiving week.

SANTA MARGARITA 11, SAN MARCOS 7

Royals Singles: Perera 1-2, Coulson 1-2, Traufetter 0-3. Eagles Singles: Chang 3-0, Breisacher 3-0, Campbell 1-2.

Royals Doubles: Handley/Yang 2-1, Frohling/McDaniel 1-2, Pulver/Mannix 2-1. Eagles Doubles: Gehrich/Harris 2-1, Rokaldin/Cisakowski 1-2, Rochin/Torossian 1-2

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