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LCHS Edged in 2nd Round of CIF

First published in the Nov. 10 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The La Cañada High School varsity girls’ tennis team was eliminated from the CIF-SS Division I playoffs after being edged by visiting Marlborough High of Los Angeles, 10-8, in a second-round matchup last Friday.
No. 1 singles Tsehay Driscoll earned a clean sweep by posting 6-0 victories, while No. 2 Jessica Simonian (6-2, 6-0) and No. 3 Lillian Chamras (6-1, 6-1) each won a pair of sets. In a tight match, it came down to the doubles performances but Marlborough stacked its six best players to win eight of the nine sets. The No. 2 team of Riley and Kaylee Thornburgh tallied the lone doubles win, 6-4.
The Spartans previously edged Martin Luther King High of Riverside, 10-8, in the first round of the playoffs. Driscoll swept 6-2, 6-0, 6-0, while No. 2 Simonian (6-2, 6-4) and No. 3 Chamras (6-0, 6-1) each produced a pair of wins. Meanwhile in doubles action, the No. 1 team of Allison Woo and Amanda Grabel (6-2), the No. 2 tandem of Riley and Kaylee Thornburgh (6-4), and the No. 3 duo of Kylie Hwang and Lauren Kim (7-6) each won a set.
La Cañada concluded the season as Rio Hondo League runners-up with a 6-2 record (9-3 overall) and will look to dethrone perennial league powerhouse San Marino next year. The Spartans will graduate Driscoll, a nationally ranked standout and Rio Hondo League singles champion, as well as seven additional seniors this academic year.


The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ tennis team includes Vy Pham (front, from left), Sophie Haddad, Vanessa Hsu, Miranda Thomson, Emily Hsiao and Kayla Lee. Back: Rachel DeMerit, Nicole Lee, Katharina Zirn, Avery Hobey, Sienna Beltz, Kate Snaer and Minda Lai.

The Wolves were ousted from the CIF-SS Division III playoffs after tying host La Salle College Preparatory, 9-9, but losing in total games, 76-66, in a first-round matchup last Thursday.
No. 1 singles Katharina Zirn (6-0, 6-0) and No. 2 Emily Hsiao (6-2, 6-4) each tallied a pair of wins for the Wolves. Meanwhile in doubles action, the No. 1 team of Rachel DeMerit and Sophie Haddad (6-2, 6-4) and the No. 2 tandem of Avery Hobey and Kayla Lee (7-6, 6-0) each produced a pair of wins, while the No. 3 duo of Vanessa Hsu and Miranda Thomson added a 6-4 victory.
Flintridge Prep previously defeated visiting Fullerton, 11-7, in a wildcard match last Tuesday.
Zirn swept easily, 6-0, 6-0, 6-1, while No. 2 Chloe Liao won a pair of sets by 6-0 scores. No. 2 Hsiao won 6-0 before rotating with Nicole Lee, who added a 6-4 win.
Meanwhile in doubles action, the No. 1 team of DeMerit and Haddad picked up a pair of wins, 6-0, 6-2, while the No. 2 duo of Hobey and Sienna Beltz (6-4) and the No. 3 tandem of Hsu and Thomson (6-4) each won a set.
The Wolves (12-6 overall) concluded the season tied as Prep League runners-up with Palos Verdes Chadwick as each posted a 7-3 record.


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