Despite having to battle through some injuries, the Laguna Beach High girls' tennis team showed its depth and fought its way to a pair of recent home nonleague victories.
The Breakers, which debuted Monday at No. 3 in the first CIF Southern Section Division 2 poll of the season, improved to 3-1 by defeating Cerritos, the top-ranked team in Division 4, 11-7, Tuesday.
Laguna received wins in singles play from No. 1 Kira Hamilton (6-1), No. 2 Ashley Shelton (6-1), and No. 3 Bailey Jaeger (7-6). The Breakers dominated in doubles action, winning seven of nine sets. Brooke Michaels and Madeline Loomis had one win (6-0) at No. 1 doubles, and Madeline Loomis and Olivia Morrison picked up two wins (7-6), (6-3) at No. 1. Sarah Nederlander and Natasha Keces won twice (6-2, 6-3) at No. 2 singles, as did the No. 3 team of Stephanie Tat and Ashley Fair (6-3, (6-3).
The Breakers showed their depth Sept. 12 and scored a 10-8 win over Mater Dei. Hamilton won two sets (6-4, (6-1) and Shelton (6-3) and Jaeger (6-2) each won one set in singles. In doubles, Michaels was temporarily sidelined due to injury but Morrison , a junior, stepped in admirably for Michaels. All three doubles teams, Loomis/Morrison ((6-2, 6-1), Nederlander/Tat (6-4, 6-4), and Keces/Fair (6-2), 7-5), won two sets.
"Unfortunately, we have some injuries but the girls have been doing very well despite not being at full strength," Laguna Coach Don Davis said. "I'm proud of the fact that the girls have fought through to win both matches."
Laguna took on Corona del Mar, the No. 4 team in Division 1, in a nonleague match Thursday (Sept. 19). The score wasn't available at press time.
The Breakers begin defense of their Orange Coast League title Tuesday at home against Saddleback at 3 p.m.
"I think we feel very confident heading into league, because, despite our injuries, we have done well in our nonleague matches," Davis said. "We beat a very solid Mater Dei team, and our doubles play has been improving."
The Breakers, ranked No. 10 in CIF Southern Section Division 1A, are in Las Vegas for the 19th annual Durango Fall Classic. The Breakers are in a 64-team field that includes Orange County schools Edison, Newport Harbor, Mater Dei, Santa Margarita, Dana Hills, Beckman, Los Alamitos, Orange Lutheran and El Dorado.
Teams from seven states, plus three teams from British Columbia, Canada, are participating in the event, which starts Friday and runs through Saturday.
Laguna is coming off a 19th-place finish at the Dave Mohs Memorial Tournament, which wrapped Monday. The Breakers scored wins over Northwood and Newport Harbor, but lost to Sage Hill, Orange Lutheran and Chaparral.
Following the Durango Fall Classic, Laguna will play host to Dana Hills at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 26.
The Laguna boys' and girls' varsity and junior varsity teams arrived in Hawaii Wednesday. The Breakers will compete Saturday at the Iolani Invitational. The 15th annual event will be held on the Kualoa Ranch on the island of Oahu.
The Laguna frosh/soph teams will compete Friday at the Woodbridge Invitational.
The Breakers next week will run at the Orange Coast League Cluster meet at Irvine Regional Park Wednesday.