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Gaels drop Durango to reach Sunset title match

Bishop Gorman’s top three singles players didn’t drop a game in their six combined sets Wednesday as the Gaels cruised to a 13-5 win over Durango in a Sunset Region girls tennis semifinal at Darling Tennis Center.

Sarah Toti, Anita Lee and Sarah Bessen each went 2-0 in singles, and the defending state champions won 10 of the first 12 sets to clinch the victory before the third round even started.

Lee needed 26 minutes to win her two sets and lost only 10 points. Bessen took 30 minutes to win twice, including not dropping a point in her first set.

"We constantly help each other out," Lee said. "We try to make each other better in practice."

Blair Bigelow and Allie Beckett went 2-0 in doubles for Gorman.

"We know we still have to play well every match to win," said Gorman coach Gordon Hammond, whose team improved to 14-0 and will face Palo Verde (13-0) for the Sunset Region title and a state berth at 6 p.m. Friday at Darling Tennis Center.

Sisters Claire and Andrea Melo and the team of Jamie Dean and Kaitlyn Moore went 2-1 in doubles for Durango, which played in its first Sunset semifinal.

Durango switched its lineup Wednesday, putting its top players in doubles.

"We had to try something," Trailblazers coach Pat Davis said. "The kids played hard and with a lot of heart."

Palo Verde 15, Bonanza 3 — At Palo Verde, Alissa Rea and Gabbi Imai went 3-0 in doubles to help the Panthers beat the Bengals.

Nikki Booth and Shelby Zepeda went 2-0 in doubles for Palo Verde.

Sarah Alamshaw went 2-0 in singles for the Panthers.


Silverado 10, Coronado 8 — At Coronado, Silverado (11-1) swept the singles matches, including two tiebreaker wins by Ashley Newell, to upset the Southeast League champions.

Newell, Kristen Santero and Nicole Santero each went 3-0 in singles for the Skyhawks.

The doubles teams of Jordan Luna and Jonelle Espinoza and Ilysa Popowcer and Liz Gibbons each went 3-0 for Coronado.

Silverado will face Green Valley (9-3) for the Sunrise title at 6 p.m. Friday at Darling Tennis Center.

Green Valley 11, Basic 7 — At Green Valley, Jessica Hsu went 3-0 in singles to lead the Gators past the Wolves.

Sarah Trigero and Kelsey Barto went 2-1 in doubles for Green Valley. Basic’s Alyssa Giorgi went 2-1 in singles.

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