For the second time in a month, the Palos Verdes girls tennis team was the last squad standing following a weekend tournament.
This time, PV took its talents to San Diego County, where it competed in the Point Loma Tournament Sept. 28-29. PV won the Golden State Classic Tournament in Palo Alto, Sept. 6-8.
"This tournament was a lot more competitive, and there were a lot of really good teams," Kip Brady said. "I felt our girls really stepped up in some big matches."
To advance to the tournament finals, PV had to get through Dana Hills in the quarterfinals and Canyon Crest Academy in the semifinals.
Against Canyon Crest, PV won in a tiebreaker, setting up a showdown with Campbell Hall, the No. 3 ranked team in the CIF Southern Section. PV defeated Campbell Hall 4-2.
What impressed Brady the most was the play of PV's doubles, who won five of six matches in the semifinals and finals. But it was the play of sophomore Parker Fry that sealed the day for PV.
Fry, PV's No. 2 singles player, defeated Rachel Wagner 7-6, 7-6 in a second-set tiebreaker. The doubles pairing of Madisen Olsen and Cara Hung fell behind in the third set, 5-1, before coming back to win 10-6 in dramatic fashion.
"Our strength is not only our individual players, but also our depth," Brady said.
PV's week doesn't get any easier. The Sea Kings do get a break, hosting their first home game, but they square off against Hill rival Peninsula.
"We expect their doubles to be very strong," Brady said. "They're well-coached, and they move around the court well, so we're going to have to step it up with our doubles to compete with them. I expect a close, competitive match."