When Poway lost to Bonita Vista in the finals of the San Diego Section girls’ tennis team championship in 1986, Coach Evi Yarnell said, “Always the bridesmaid, never the bride.” Then in 1987, Poway marched down the aisle and claimed the ring.
This year, however, Poway isn’t even in the wedding party.
Torrey Pines, the runner-up last year and top seed this season, defeated Poway, 9-2, in a 3-A semifinal match Thursday at the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club.
This marks the first year since 1982 that Poway has been excluded from the section finals.
Torrey Pines will meet Bonita Vista, winner of the other semifinal, Saturday at 11 a.m. at Bishop’s in La Jolla.
The 2-A semifinals were rain delayed.
For Torrey Pines, in singles, Tiffany Kenny defeated Carol MacIlroy, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4; Lisa Daly defeated Roxy Kazemzadeh, 6-0, 6-1, and Alison Tahara defeated Heather Kritzer, 6-3, 7-5. In doubles, Krista Kuechler and Kim Sherrod, Valerie Peterson and Lisa Weisman and Kristen Holmquist and Kristi Rible all won.
Poway’s No. 1 singles player, Carla Quaresma, was the Titans’ lone winner, 6-0, 6-0, over Kelly Kestler.
Bonita Vista 6.25, San Dieguito 4.75--Host Bonita Vista moves to the finals on the strengths of its singles play, where the Barons won 3 of 4 matches. Bonita Vista’s No. 1 Cammie Foley defeated Jilie Brown, 6-2, 6-1; Connie Carbone was pressed by Kim Djanogly of San Dieguito but won, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, and Mabelle Hernandez defeated Linda Sisti 6-4, 6-2. Moana McMullen of San Dieguito shut out Grace Samodal.
San Dieguito won 2 of 3 doubles matches, getting victories from the teams of Sara Stolberg and Heidi Djanogly and Lisa Hubbs and Alexis Imig.
La Jolla at San Pasqual, rain delayed--Matches began at Escondido’s Kit Carson Park, then moved to Tennis Escondido before being called. They are scheduled to resume today at 9 a.m. San Pasqual leads, 3.75-2.75.
In matches completed, San Pasqual’s No. 1 singles player, Beth Choate, gave up only 2 games in the first set against Stephanie Bradley, and La Jolla’s No. 3 singles Hana Okawa defeated Nina Kim, 6-3, 6-1.
In doubles, No. 2 Ali Miller and Monica Bautista of San Pasqual defeated Carla Smith and Nadine Hyde, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, and No. 3 Laura Preisman and Tasha Muto of La Jolla defeated Kristen Seiffert and Denise Johnson, 6-0, 6-3.
Valhalla at Bishop’s, rain delayed--Defending champion Bishop’s leads Valhalla, 4.75-0, and will finish the match 8 a.m. Saturday before the 2-A finals at home.
In singles matches completed, No. 1 Brook Galardi won, 6-0, 6-1; and No. 3 Jeanine Schiess won, 6-4, 6-3. In doubles, No. 3 Tiffany Hawkins and Sibylle Zillgens won, 6-1, 7-6 (9-7).
Poway def. Madison, 15-2, 15-8, 15-11--Top-seeded and undefeated Poway continued to roll as Shannon Griffin had 7 aces and sophomore Heather Burke had 9 kills at Poway. Paige Smith and Julie Schwan added 7 kills each. Poway will play Mar Vista in the quarterfinals Saturday.
Mar Vista def. Monte Vista, 16-18, 15-8, 15-9, 15-13--Natalie Langley had 15 kills, Nicky Meyer 13 and Marta Andrada had 7 aces at eighth-seeded Mar Vista.
Torrey Pines def. Mira Mesa, 15-0, 15-3, 15-9--Jennifer Meredith had 14 kills, Britt Hamson 10 and sophomore Amy Peters 9 as second-seeded Torrey Pines improved to 28-3. Torrey Pines will play host to Vista in the quarterfinals Saturday.
Vista def. Helix, 9-15, 15-10, 15-6, 15-8--Chris Enger had 23 kills and 14 blocks for unseeded Vista at seventh-seeded Helix. Marcie Tueber added 7 blocks and 6 kills for Vista (11-12).
Granite Hills def. Mt. Carmel, 13-15, 15-10, 15-12, 9-15, 18-16--It took 2 hours 21 minutes for fourth-seeded Granite Hills to advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals. Shelly Sampson led Granite Hills with 17 kills and Laura Becker had 12. Granite Hills will play host to either San Pasqual or Bonita Vista in the quarterfinals.
Marian def. Calipatria, 15-2, 15-3, 15-9--Anne Girolami had 11 kills for third-seeded Marian. Marian (22-4) will play the winner of tonight’s Julian-Christian match Wednesday in the semifinals.