Palisades wins its twenty ninth City Section ladies’ tennis title

Not even a brand new factors system might hold the Palisades Excessive ladies’ tennis group from profitable its third straight City Section Open Division championship Thursday at Balboa Sports activities Heart in Encino.

For the primary time in City historical past, round-robin scoring was used for the women’ playoffs and the top-seeded Dolphins edged No. 2 Granada Hills 15½ to 14 within the finals for his or her fifth title in six years for the reason that four-team Open Division was added in 2017.

Palisades’ No. 2 singles participant Anaya Ayanbadejo dropped one sport in 4 singles units and the doubles groups of Nicole Nguyen and Anne Kelly and Anais Israels and Ella Engel each gained two of three units (every value 1½ factors) to steer the Dolphins to their twenty ninth part title since 1973.

Georgia Brown and Priscilla Grinner swept at No. 1 doubles and Sayuri Parandian and Breanna Nguyen every gained three of 4 singles units, but it surely was not fairly sufficient for the Highlanders, who had been taking over Palisades within the finals for the eleventh time in 12 seasons.

Palisades beat Granada Hills 5-2 underneath the straight-up (head-to-head) best-of-seven format final fall.

The colleges have mixed to win the final 21 higher division titles. Granada Hills final gained in 2019.