Less than a week after winning the South Coast League doubles championship, Dana Hills junior Taylor Nederlander was declared ineligible, a CIF-Southern Section spokesman confirmed Tuesday.
Nederlander, an All-County selection in 2010, transferred to Dana Hills from Laguna Beach prior to the school year and received approval to play varsity matches Oct. 20. Top-ranked Dana Hills will have to forfeit the one league match in which Nederlander played, a 14-4 win over Capistrano Valley on Oct. 25.
Nederlander and Dana Hills junior Jessica Perez defeated Dana Hills’ Margo Pletcher and Cassidy Spearman in the South Coast League finals. Both teams were set to represent the league in the CIF-SS individual championships, but Nederlander is ineligible to play.
Each league is responsible for submitting two doubles teams and two singles players to the CIF-SS individual tournament, and as of now, the SCL hasn’t reached a decision.
CIF spokesman Thom Simmons said Dana Hills investigated Nederlander’s reported residence and determined it wasn’t certain that Nederlander was residing where she said she was.
The school then reported its findings to the CIF-SS.
“They really did an outstanding job,” Simmons said. “They had done their due diligence.”
Dana Hills head coach Justin Green declined to comment.
Reached by email, Dana Hills co-athletic director Matthew Reid declined to comment on Nederlander specifically, but he did say, “Dana Hills High School follows all rules and regulations set forth by CIF Southern Section and will continue to do so.”
The Dolphins are set to participate in the first round of the CIF-SS team tournament Thursday at 2 p.m.
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