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Eagles set sights on playoff spot

Modified: Friday, Oct 7th, 2016

Nicholas Mattson/Atascadero News Templeton High School senior Mili Proft returns for a point against Orcutt Academy on Tuesday at THS tennis courts.

Eagles battle in round two

TEMPLETON — The Eagles will look to rise through the ranks of the Los Padres League, coming from behind near the midway mark of the season, with a 2-6 record after Tuesday’s match with first-place Orcutt Academy at Templeton High School.

The Eagles’ varsity girls tennis team will look to get off the ground into the second half of the season, despite taking a loss to Orcutt Academy on Tuesday, 13-5.

“We have played all the teams right now,” Housinger said during Tuesday’s match, “and we are 2-5 in league.”

Templeton sits near the bottom of the league, with the potential to quickly climb, if it can stay healthy.

“We had a lot of health issues in the first half,” Housinger said. “So we have only played two matches with our full squad, out of seven. We are really looking for better results in the second half of the season.”

With three strong contenders at the top, the Eagles will look to take down Santa Maria, Morro Bay, Nipomo, and Lompoc, to make the move to fourth-place.

“It goes Orcutt, Cabrillo, Santa Ynez, in league right now,” Housinger said, “and that next spot is going to be ours in the second half. I’ve got my eye on that spot.”

Entering the second half of the LPL season with a loss was not heartbreaking for Housinger, because it gave her team the chance to sharpen up.

“It is good for us to get to play the No. 1 team [in league],” Housinger said. “The girls today, our scores are not bad at all. We getting blown out by their No. 1s, but the girls are in all the matches today. I’m really proud of how they are playing.”

Templeton’s No. 1 was back after recovering from illness, and swept her opponents soundly, 6-2, 6-1 ,6-1.

“Mili is one that had some health issues at the beginning of the season,” Housinger said, “She missed two rounds because of bronchitis. She is feeling really good, playing really well — she is strong and confident and super fit. We are super excited about how she is playing. She is a pleasure to watch, the way she maneuvers the point.”

We have Anna Anselmi and Bugg Zendell on court three,” Housinger said, “They played together last year in the No. 3 spot, and they are a really strong doubles team. They have more fun than anyone out there on the court when they play together.”

Together, the leadership and maturity of Templeton will be the cornerstones to lead the Eagles into the second half of the season of high competition.

The Eagles fly south to face the Santa Ynez Pirates today. Results of the league match were unavailable at press time.

Templeton will host Lompoc on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at THS.

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