Palos Verdes’ Kathryn Webb and Brooke Schweyer dropped just five games between them in sweeping their singles sets. Webb is 14-1 in Bay League action this season, her only loss coming to Gibbs the first time the teams met, when Palos Verdes won at Mira Costa on games after the teams tied, 9-9, in sets. Schweyer improved to 11-2 in Bay League play with her sweep. Her only league losses have come against Gibbs and Redondo’s Della Taylor. Schweyer had both of her legs wrapped below her knees against Mira Costa, but her mobility did not appear to suffer. “She has shin splints,” Moscovici said. “It bothers her a little, but she’ll be OK. She has some time to rest now.” Palos Verdes’ Morgan Thomas, who is typically the team’s No. 3 singles player when she’s not playing doubles, improved to 9-1 in singles in league play with her 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 sweep. Palos Verdes’ dominance in singles did not surprise Mira Costa coach Joe Ciasulli. “We expected to struggle in singles,” Ciasulli said. “But to get shut out in doubles in the first round was unexpected.” Palos Verdes took six of nine doubles sets, highlighted by a sweep from Alex Scotten and Charlotte Newell. The duo is 14-0 in league and 17-0 overall this season. In their toughest set of the day, Scotten and Newell edged Mira Costa’s No.1 doubles team of Natasha Bothwell-Casey Reede, 7-5, in the first round to help keep their unbeaten streak alive and help give Palos Verdes a 6-0 lead. “Confidence is so important in tennis,” Ciasulli said. “Our No. 1 doubles team got down on themselves in that match and didn’t play well. When you play with confidence, they are a lot better.” Gibbs’ presence might have meant more than just two or three singles wins for Mira Costa. “We seem to play with a lot more confidence when she shows up,” Ciasulli said. Mira Costa is still in line to take second place in league, but a loss to Peninsula next week could drop it to third. The Mustangs still figure to be dangerous in the CIF Southern Section playoffs, because Ciasulli said he expects Gibbs to be around for those matches. Palos Verdes, which also received two doubles wins from Austin Ruth and Catherine Chen, can clinch at least a share of the league crown with a win Tuesday at home against West Torrance. The Sea Kings have lost at home only once this season, on Sept. 19 against Campbell Hall. “Our chemistry is good, our lineups are set and we have some different combinations we can use,” Moscovici said. “And we’re playing with a lot of confidence right now.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Palos Verdes (14-3, 5-0), which swept its singles sets, remains undefeated in league play, while every other team has at least two losses. The Sea Kings have three more matches left. It would take a monumental collapse for Palos Verdes not to capture the league crown outright. “It feels great to be in this position,” Palos Verdes coach Danny Moscovici said. “It’s a relief.” Mira Costa (13-5, 4-2) was playing without freshman phenom Nicole Gibbs, who is in Brazil playing in an international tournament. But with the way Palos Verdes was playing, Webb’s presence might not have made a big difference. “Gibbs not being here definitely was a factor,” Moscovici said. “But we’re playing better now than the last time we played them. “We heard rumors about her playing today and about her not playing today, so we prepared as if she was playing. I don’t know how much difference it would have made.” GIRLS TENNIS: Webb, Schweyer sweep in 15-3 victory over Mira Costa. By Dave Thorpe STAFF WRITER Palos Verdes, appearing more dominant as the season has progressed, all but wrapped up its first Bay League title during a 15-3 win over Mira Costa on Thursday at Palos Verdes High.
Should Jermain Defoe have been heading to France next week? The Sunderland striker ended the Premier League season in red-hot form, but he was snubbed by Roy Hodgson when he named the England squad for Euro 2016, instead choosing Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford. The 33-year-old has 55 senior Three Lions caps and many fans were calling for his inclusion for the Euros, which starts on Friday. He netted 18 goals in all competitions for Sunderland in 2015/16 and the ex Tottenham, West Ham and Portsmouth front man Defoe played in Sunday’s Soccer Aid charity match at Old Trafford, scoring twice against a Rest of the World team made up of ex pros and celebrities. His brief cameo – sent on by club manager Sam Allardyce, who was managing the England side – showed his sharpness and deft touch and England fans believe he should be with Hodgson’s squad heading across the English channel next week. See some of the best social media reaction, and both goals below: 1 .@IAmJermainDefoe makes it 3-2 for England! That mazy run from Dyer, though 🙌 #SoccerAid https://t.co/xwh7gjXqyz— Soccer Aid ⚽️ (@socceraid) June 5, 2016 .@IAmJermainDefoe continues his rich vein of goalscoring form to level the score for England! 🔥 https://t.co/s3gtBX5gfI— Soccer Aid ⚽️ (@socceraid) June 5, 2016 Jermain Defoe netted twice for England in the Soccer Aid charity match