Fullerton, CA- Hope International took advantage of Vanguard's inability to fill an entire team as the Royals turned the free points into a 5-4 upset victory. Freshman Sabrina-Lee Miller led the upset charge with a win in doubles and an impressive comeback singles win that was the difference in the match.
The teams opened in doubles which Hope International started up 1-0 after Vanguard could not field a number three doubles team. On the number one doubles court, Miller teamed with Junior Caroline Houston and they were absolutely in complete control as they opened up with a 7-1 lead before closing the deal at 8-3. Vanguard won the number two doubles match 8-3.
After moving onto singles, the Royals moved up to a lead of 3-1 when Vanguard did not have a player for number six singles.
The first match finished that was actually played was on the second court. Sophomore Jasmine Zaragoza cruised to a 6-2 and 6-1 win by keeping Michaele Sullivan pinned against the baseline with deliberate high arching lobs. Zaragoza's win gave HIU a 4-1 advantage which meant they needed just one more win in singles for the overall team win.
Number three singles was the next match done with Senior Jeannette Rodriguez falling 6-1, 6-3.
The final three matches needed more than two sets to be decided.
When play started on the number four singles, Vanguard's Melanie Parker jumped all over Miller to the tune of a 6-0 first set win. However, Miller answered with a 7-5 second set win to tie their match at 1-1. In the third set, Parker built a 4-0 lead and looked she was on her way to the match win and ultimately team win. But give up Miller did not as she responded by winning the next six games and the Royals could celebrate their upset victory.
The final two matches went in the favor of Vanguard in a three set victory on the number one court and super tie break set in the fifth singles.
Head Coach Ryan Young stated, "I'm really proud of our effort today. We came out and played with passion and aggression knowing we had nothing to lose. We've been getting better each and every day and that was our goal from the start. Work hard, get better every day and great things will follow. It was a beautiful team effort today!"
On Saturday, the Royals will play Concordia at Cal State Fullerton starting at 11:00 am. The Lions will play Williams College (Mass.) on Thursday at 2:00 pm.