Emma Lapidus made an amazing comeback from a 5-0 deficit in her first set and won in a tiebreaker, but it wasn’t enough for the Carpinteria girls tennis team against a strong Oxford Academy, as the Warriors lost 15-3 in a CIF Division 3 wild-card playoff match on Tuesday.

“This playoff loss was much easier to take than last year’s playoff loss against Mark Keppel as the Oxford Academy Patriots were just flat out a much stronger team and beat us with a very balanced and deep lineup,” said Carpinteria coach Charles Bryant.

Lapidus was the highlight for the Warriors. She stormed back to take a 6-5 lead, and the set went into a tiebreaker, where she prevailed 13-11.

“She really is amazing and mentally tough,” said Bryant.

Lapidus beat Oxford’s No. 1 player 6-0 in the second round before running out of gas and falling 6-2 in her last set.

Carpinteria’s other win came from the doubles eam of Jeannette Carrillo and Zahra Porinsh.

“Overall, we had a great season with so many new faces on our varsity roster,” said Bryant. “Hopefully, we can now build on these experiences.  We will lose seniors Emma Lapidus, Sydney Endow, Lexi Persoon and Jeannette Carrillo.  They have been the backbone and glue of our team all season.”

Carpinteria ends the year at 11-9.

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Barry Punzal, Sports Editor

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