Simi Valley Girls Finally Pull Off a Norman Conquest in Beverly Hills

Simi Valley High has had some pretty good girls' tennis teams over the years, but never good enough to defeat traditional powerhouse Beverly Hills.

Until Wednesday.

The No. 1 doubles team of Margo O'Donnell and Andrea Espinoza and the No. 2 team of Rebecca Hunau and Stella Chu swept their sets for Simi Valley, which defeated the Normans, 11-7, in a nonleague match at Beverly Hills.

It was the third consecutive match that both doubles teams swept their three sets.

Hunau and Chu lost only three games against Beverly Hills (1-1).

Mindy Gondrez swept her singles sets for Simi Valley (3-0).

The Pioneers clinched the victory when Courtney Lind, at No. 2 singles, defeated Grace Lin, 6-3.

In other girls' tennis matches:

Hart 12, Ventura 6--Cristina Cancio swept her singles sets and the No. 1 doubles team of Catherine Pucci and Jamie Ladd swept their sets for the Indians (1-2), who won a nonleague match at Ventura without injured Jenny Munroe and Sara Jones.

Camarillo 9, Buena 9--For the second consecutive day, the Scorpions (2-1) took a nonleague victory on games, downing Buena (2-1), 72-70, at Camarillo.

Sophomore Michelle Alvarez scored the decisive points at No. 3 singles by defeating Amy Gates, 7-5.

Yas Fisher did not lose a game while sweeping at No. 1 singles for Buena.

Granada Hills 14, Valencia 0--Jasmine Dao and Kelly Takeshita swept two singles sets without losing a game for the Highlanders (1-0) in an intersectional match at Valencia (1-2).

Campbell Hall 16, Hoover 2--Melissa Nguyen (12-0) lost only one game at No. 1 singles for the Vikings (4-0) in a nonleague match at Hoover.

Nguyen did not lose a point in defeating Jin Soo Choi, Hoover's No. 3 player.


Village Christian def. Flintridge Prep, 15-8, 15-2, 15-9--Errin Benesh had nine of her 21 kills in the second game of the Crusaders' nonleague sweep at Village Christian.

Benesh had five blocks and nine digs.

Heather Fieldsteel had 20 assists and 10 digs, and Tiffany Davis added 25 assists for Village Christian.


Burbank All-City Meet--Brian Anderson of Burroughs ran the 2.6-mile Carson Park course in 13:47, breaking the course record of 13:49.

Mike Navarro finished in 13:55 to take second for Burroughs, which didn't have enough runners to score in the team competition.

Kim Lorimer of Burbank defended her title by finishing in 17:54.


Dos Pueblos 11, Nordhoff 6--Danny Shepherd, Cory Gustafson and Brian Peck each scored two goals for the Rangers (2-4), who lost in a nonleague game to the Chargers, ranked ninth in the Southern Section Division IV poll.

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