JSerra won the round-robin Prep Classic Invitational, hosted by Sage Hill, over the weekend, taking all three matches it played.
The Lions, ranked No. 9 in the county, defeated St. Ignatius of San Francisco, 5-4, Sage Hill, 7-2 and Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas, 5-4 to win the tournament for the first time. Jadie Acidera, Zoe Kaffen, Natalie Wekand Lauren Burke were named to the all-tournament team for the Lions.
All matches were played at The Tennis Club in Newport Beach. The matches were played in college-scoring format, with five singles matches and four doubles matches.
Here were the tournament’s final standings:
Champion: JSerra (3-0)
Second place: St. Ignatius of San Francisco (2-1)
Third place: Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas (1-2)
Fourth place: Sage Hill (0-3)
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JSerra came up short of winning the Trinity League girls tennis title last year, losing both of its matches against Santa Margarita.
With standout freshman Jadie Acidera leading the charge, JSerra coach Kirk Orahood thinks his team will pose a strong challenge for the defending league champions later this season.
The Lions won their fourth consecutive match to start the season, defeating Sage Hill, 14-4, in a nonleague match at The Tennis Club in Newport Beach on Tuesday.
Acidera lost only one game while sweeping her three sets at No. 1 singles. Mary Kaffen also swept her three sets in singles, and the Lions’ No. 1 doubles tandem of Zoe Kaffen and Natalie Wek won all three of their sets.
Orahood said he thought Tuesday was a strong performance and believes the Lions (4-0) have a chance to unseat Santa Margarita later this season.
“I think we’re pretty solid,” said Orahood, who believes the match between the top two teams in league from last season will come down to doubles when they meet Oct. 8. Acidera has yet to lose a set this season.
“There’s always something to improve on,” said Acidera, who said she felt she made too many unforced errors against the Lightning (1-2).
The annual Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade took place over the weekend and was themed for ‘Honoring Our Heroes’, and there were plenty who attended the event, as well as many who participated.
JSerra was a proud sponsor of the annual parade and had Julie Swail-Ertel, JSerra Aquatics Director and two-time Olympian participate in the parade.
“Being involved in the Laguna Niguel Parade was great to see the community out supporting the city and our hero’s,” said Swail-Ertel. “It’s a great way to kick off the Christmas season.”
Also in attendance were the JSerra Tennis and Swim CIF Champions, along with the three-time Trinity League, CIF, and State Championship Cross Country team.
The day was filled with excitement as the pep squad accompanied JSerra athletes as they walked through the largest parade in Southern California adorned by medals and banners displaying all the hard work each team has put into their sport.
JSerra was proud to be a part of the annual parade and sends a special thank you to The City of Laguna Niguel.