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Girl's tennis: Casper collects third league title

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 30th, 2013

APTOS — Another year, another title.

St. Francis’ Central Coast Catholic’s Caroline Casper breezed her way to her third Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League singles championship with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Aptos’ Dani Potts.

“She’s such a superior player,” said St. Francis C.C.C. coach Gay Finch. “You just don’t see a player dominate a league for three straight years like this.”

Casper, a junior, has won a SCCAL singles championship every year since freshman season.

“It feels pretty special,” Casper said. “It’s a great accomplishment, and I just want to build on that.”

She’ll get a chance to continue her season in the upcoming Central Coast Section playoffs.

Casper has been to the playoffs the past two years, but has not been able to make it out of the first round.

Something that her coach believes she can do.

“I think she can do better than before,” Finch said. “She definitely improved her game since last season.”

Casper agrees.

“I’ve improved from last season,” Casper said. “I think that the past experience is going to help and I just want to try my best to make it past the first round.”

Potts, who joined the Mariners just a week ago, was the only player to win a game against Casper during the tournament.

“I thought she was a good player,” Casper said. “I heard she is a tournament player, but I didn’t know what to expect. I think she’s a good player and she has a lot of potential. She’s going to do well next season.”

Potts, just a sophomore, will be with the Mariners next season after moving from Fremont two weeks ago.

Still, Casper cruised to first place.

“I use this as a tune-up for the CCS tournament,” Casper said. “I just try and stay focused and play my best.”

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