By Phil Dailey
It what was sure to be a La Jolla tennis showdown for the CIF Division III title, both teams entered the weeklong tournament as the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds. But in the finals, it was La Jolla Country Day that narrowly beat La Jolla High.
Both teams won nine (of 18) matches, so the deciding factor went to games, in which Country Day held a 67-66 advantage.
It was the first tennis CIF title for the Torreys since 2001.
Leading the way in the win were three juniors, Lindsay Kostas, Katie Woods and Megan Woods, all of who swept their sets. Kostas is the team’s No. 1 singles player, while the Woods sisters are the team’s No. 1 doubles team.
The Torreys also got key wins from doubles team Lindsay Jacobs and Lauren Ross as well as Kelsey Miller and Corinne Wong.
Last season, the Torreys lost to Cathedral Catholic in the finals.
LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY
With a 14-0 lead early against Tri-City Christian, it looked as though Country Day was in good position to capture the Pacific League championship. However, the Torreys were unable to keep up the hot start as Tri-City Christian fought back to win the game, 44-27.
Up next for the Torreys is the regular-season finale against Army-Navy at home on Friday at 2:30 p.m.
The Torreys finished the league season undefeated last week, a great sendoff for five seniors — Mollie Rogers, Lauren Birks, Maggie Whitney, Gillian Howard and Chloe Mathis — before they get set to defend their state championship. The team notched wins against Tri-City Christian and Santa Fe Christian to finish the regular season with a 26-3 overall record, including an 8-0 effort in the Coastal-South play.
The team will start CIF play at home on Friday night at 5 p.m. against an opponent yet to be determined.
The Torreys took out Central League opponents Hoover and Mira Mesa last week to finish the conference season with an 8-0 record. It was the second straight season the team achieved that accomplishment. The Torreys will start CIF play this week.
LA JOLLA HIGH
Coming off an emotional week, the Vikings fell short to rival Mission Bay, 37-12, last week. The team was mourning the loss of assistant coach Luis Moya, who died suddenly on Oct. 29.
Against the Buccaneers, the Vikings only trailed 7-6 at halftime. But the second half was all Mission Bay as it out-scored La Jolla 30-6.
The Vikings (2-2, 2-9), who were led by quarterback Bobby Schuman, passed for 197 yards and a touchdown. Receiver Bobby Hill led the team with 85 yards receiving.
The Vikings host Madison at Homecoming on Friday night.
The La Jolla High field hockey team continues to play well. On Wednesday, the team defeated cross-town rival Bishop’s 5-1, notching the team’s 11th win of the season.
Leading the way in the win for the Vikings was Onerzia Berottle, who had two goals. Also adding to the effort was Anna Akiyama, Rachel Hamilton and Annabel Linney.