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Yuka Perera, Fiona Kinsella of San Marcos to Play for Channel League Singles Title

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Yuka Perera of San Marcow follows through on a serve during her straight sets semifinal win over Santa Barbara’s Claire Stotts. (Gary Kim / Noozhawk photo)

It will be an all-San Marcos final for the Channel League individual tennis championship.

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Fiona Kinsella of San Marcos defeated Santa Barbara’s Sophia Ostovany to reach her first Channel League final. (Courtesy photo)

Two-time champion Yuka Perera and teammate Fiona Kinsella reach Thursday's final after knocking off opponents from Santa Barbara High in Tuesday's semifinals at the Knowlwood Tennis Club.

Perera, the No. 1 seed, continued her dominating play in beating Claire Stotts, 6-0, 6-0. Second-seeded Kinsella defeated Sophia Ostovany, 6-1, 6-2.

Perera has not lost a set in the league tournament.

"Yuka still is looking in top form. She controlled the ball from wherever she was on the court, which is awesome," said San Marcos coach Jonny Sapp.

Santa Barbara coach Danny Echt said Stotts did a nice job slugging it out with Perera early in the match.

"First game of the match, there were eight-, nine-ball rallies where they’re swinging all out, keeping the ball in, and they were moving really well," he said. "It was a really nice clip. That’s the goal."

Perera won the league singles title as a junior and a freshman.

The scores in the Kinsella-Ostovany were misleading, said Sapp.  "The end result doesn't show it, but it was a nice close match and great points were had."

Echt felt Ostovany had a good game plan.

"Strategically, I think she was doing good things. I think Fiona defended better than Sophia finished, but Sophia got herself into some positions that were offensive, and that’s good.

"Fiona’s a very steady opponent both mentally and physically. I thought Fiona ran down a lot of balls and got the ball deep, and that created difficulty because it took Sophia’s offense away."

Kinsella will be playing in her first final.

"I’m really excited," she said. "I think it will be a great match, and I’m going to try my best out there."

The finals will be Thursday at 3 p.m. at Knowlwood.

The league doubles competition begins Wednesday at San Marcos.

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