GIRLS' TENNIS: Buckley builds early lead, cruises into another division final Nov. 17, 2011

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SAN BERNARDINO - The Cajon High girls' tennis team fell one match short of its goal. It will have to settle for a season that was better than any in school history.



SAN BERNARDINO - The Cajon High girls' tennis team fell one match short of its goal. It will have to settle for a season that was better than any in school history. As for Buckley, it continued the most impressive run in program history Thursday by advancing to a fourth consecutive Southern Section final. The host Cowgirls lost 13-5 to top-seeded Buckley, the defending Div.IV champion and the same team that ousted Cajon in last season's quarterfinals. "To make it this far, beating some of the teams along the way that we have, our girls have had an outstanding season," Cajon coach Lawrence Hampton said. "We're just one match short of getting to our goal. I'm very proud of the kids." Buckley (21-1) jumped out to a commanding 5-1 lead after the first round, the lone victory for Cajon (22-4) coming on Kelli Reynolds' 6-0 win over Carina Mehri in a matchup of both team's No. 3 singles players. Anthony challenged hard but lost 6-3 to Hadleigh Glist, whose only loss came by walkover. Allison Brennan and Sarah Cardenas also lost 6-3 to the Griffins' top doubles team of Kiara Gitlin and Lindsay Wilson. But nobody came closer to keeping Cajon in the match early than Emma Ward, who dueled Buckley freshman Naomie Rosenberg in a 7-6 (3) loss. "She shows the kind of heart in that match that she did all season," Hampton said of Ward. "She does not quit. That was against an opponent who has great skill." Buckley rolled from there, taking the next three doubles sets to grab an 8-1 lead. Glist beat Ward 6-1 and Rosenberg beat Reynolds 6-0 to clinch the victory. "Their singles and doubles have absolutely improved," Buckley assistant Michael Jedrzejewski said. "And I think this year we just have a terrific No. 2; our No. 1 singles came into her own. All our teams, they've just had a full season to work with each other and figure out their games. I think that's what made the difference." Buckley, which has won 20 in a row, will square off Monday at the Claremont Club against second-seeded Cerritos (20-1), a 13-5 winner over South Torrance. The Griffins are seeking back-to-back titles following a 77-70 victory on games over Santa Ynez after playing to a 9-9 result last year, which erased the disappointment of losses in 2008 to Arlington and '09 to Liberty League rival Viewpoint.