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May 17, 2013 1:19 PM by Andrew Masuda

Tigers, Eagles tennis set for historic battle in CIF championships today

History will be made Friday afternoon when the Arroyo Grande and San Luis Obispo High boys tennis team meet in the CIF Division 3 Championships. The two rivals have been dozens of times, but never in a CIF final. The match starts at noon at the Claremont Tennis Club and one of the team's will be crowned CIF champions for the first time in school history.

Pac-7 League champion Arroyo Grande beat the Tigers twice during the regular season. The first one was tied 9-9 in sets, but AG won in overall games 79-74. The Eagles won the second matchup at home 12-6. Arroyo Grande has beaten the Tigers in their last eight regular season meetings as part of the Eagles' 48 league match winning streak.

San Luis Obispo is playing its best tennis of the year behind junior singles player Mason Hansen and the doubles team of Luke Iunker and Noah Cleere. Hansen is undefeated in the playoffs and Iunker/Cleere have dropped just one set along the way. The Tigers are seeking their fourth straight upset in the postseason after knocking out #1 and reigning champion Valencia in the second round.

Arroyo Grande has dominated in singles action behind four-time league champion Eli Whittle and three-time league runner-up Sean Hollister. The Eagles upset #2 Cypress in the quarterfinals. Whittle and Hollister swept their three singles sets and the Eagles won 6 of 9 sets in doubles in their 13-5 semifinal win over Temecula Valley.

The Eagles are making their second appearance in the finals, but their first since 1970. The Tigers advanced to the finals in 1998-2000, but lost each time.

KSBY Sports will have a crew in Claremont to document the historic matchup.

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