Local netters finish up at regionals

Dos Pueblos’ Lauren Stratman (#9 Girls 14’s) and Erica Cano (#95 Girls 18’s), finalists in the Channel League Singles Tournament, turned in solid performances in the  Girls CIF Individual Tennis Regionals at Cate School on Saturday. Cano lasted two rounds, while freshman-phenom Stratman went three.

Santa Barbara High fielded a pair of doubles teams at Carpinteria High. Channel League-champs Hannah Grokenberger and Kinzie McKeown won easily in the first round and went on to lose a tough match in the second which ended at 11-9 in a 10-point tiebreaker.

Channel League runners-up Ari Beckerman and Haley Hranicky-Galitzer also won in the first round by scores of 6-4, 6-0, then fell in the second 6-4, 6-4. The loss came to Simi Valley;s sister-squad of Linsey and Tianna WIlson.

In the first round of singles, Cano faced off against Abigail Phillips from Oaks Christian. After a tough first set loss, she took charge of the match and changed the momentum, and took the next set handily to push for a third set 10-point match tiebreaker. She won the round 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-6).

In her second round she battled hard against Nisha Leelavanich (#144 Girls 18’s) from Chaminade. Again, the match went three sets, and resulted in a 6-1, 2-6, 0-1 (6-10) loss.

On another court, freshman Lauren Stratman went three rounds. In her first round, she squared off against Lauren Boone from Malborough, and won 6-0, 6-0. In her second round, she battled Sonia Landeros (#166 Girls 16’s)  from Rio Mesa, and won 6-2, 6-1. In the third round, she stepped up all of her shots to meet Maravick Mamiit (#22 Girls 18’s).

“Both players used a variety of shots and covered all of the court with great footwork and speed,” said DP coach Liz Frech.

Maravick’s spin serve won her a lot of points, and the end she prevailed 6-2, 6-2.

The Dons’ team season ended last week in a loss at Palm Desert, Santa Barbara’s third match in as many days. Hranicky-Galitzer said the hectic week, which began with her and many of her teammates evacuating their homes during the Tea Fire, was a factor in the loss.

“With the fires, no one got to practice that weekend and all of a sudden it was three matches in a row,” she said. “But I’m happy about the season overall. It was just disappointing to go out in the semifinals.”

Both the Dons and Chargers are expected to be re-loaded and back at the top next season.

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