Family ties

October 14, 2004

Mike Sciacca

It began six years ago, when Jessica Boyer stepped onto the tennis

courts at Edison High.

It continued a few years later when younger sister, Lauren, joined

her at the net, and again this school year when another sister,

Melissa, stepped in to carry on the Boyer tradition.

Since the Boyer sisters joined the Edison girls' tennis program,


beginning in 1999, the Chargers have benefited in a big way by having

two Boyers on the same team.

First, it was the Jessica and Lauren duo. Now Lauren, a senior,

and Melissa, a freshman, are a sibling tandem for Edison.

"Hopefully, we can win another Sunset League title this year,"

Edison coach Nick Friendt said. "After all, every year there's been

two Boyer sisters on the same team, we've been champs."

During Jessica's Edison career from 1999-2002, Edison won two

Sunset League crowns and Boyer was a league doubles finalist, round

of 16 CIF finalist and all-county selection. She compiled a four-year

career record of 174-71 and was selected to the Edison girls' tennis

Hall of Fame before continuing her career at Cal State Long Beach.

Lauren, a senior, has been the "heartbeat" of the program the last

two years, Friendt said, inheriting the role of team captain from

Jessica when she graduated from Edison. Lauren is 26-2 this season

and has the potential, Friendt said, to record more than 200 career

wins when her Edison career is complete.

She had a 152-27 record through her first three years, each year

earning first-team All-Sunset League laurels.

The only other Edison player to record 200 career wins, Friendt

said, was Ryan Malawy, who graduated in June.

"Most importantly, though, Lauren doesn't play for the records or

accolades, but rather, for the team," Friendt said.

Melissa has run up an impressive 32-8 mark on the court in her

first year at Edison.

In a recent match against Brentwood, the No. 1 ranked team in CIF-Southern Section Division III, the Boyers trailed Brentwood's top

two doubles teams by 0-4 scores, but rallied to post identical 6-4

wins. They earned a sweep by downing their third opponent, 6-2.

What was remarkable about the performance, Friendt said, was that

Lauren Boyer had re-injured her right elbow, but "willed herself to

win," he said.

"This has been the second time this season that Lauren has played

hurt and been a decisive factor in matches," Friendt said, noting

that Boyer had played hurt during a Sept. 15 match against Long Beach


In all, he said, the senior has sat out a potential 14 sets and

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