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Valencia tennis wins in CIF round of 32

Posted: December 3, 2013 10:57 p.m.
Updated: December 3, 2013 10:57 p.m.

Valencia’s duo of Tina Inchalik and Remy Balmain entered CIF individual playoffs having only played together a handful of times.

Two weeks, and another three-set battle later, they’re headed to the round of 16.

The Vikings’ best doubles team downed Kendall Towne and Sara Kamine of South Torrance 6-2, 6-7 (9-7), 6-1 on Tuesday in the tournament’s round of 32 in Whittier, becoming just the second group of Vikings players ever after Emily and Clarice Fraczek to advance this far into postseason play.

“We just took some of the opportunities, and they made the errors,” said Vikings head coach Annie Kellogg. “They (Tina and Remy) are just clutch, got a good start on the other team and took care of the rest from there.”

Inchalik and Balmain reached the round of 32 in rather unorthodox fashion, dropping the first set before coming back to win in each of their three contests on the opening day of action on Nov. 25.

The script was different this time.

Inchalik and Balmain captured the first set convincingly before dropping the second set in a tiebreaker to the Pioneer League’s best doubles team.

But as has been the case throughout the playoffs, Inchalik and Balmain were nails in the third set.

The duo won the final set 6-1 to move through to the round of the 16, which will take place today at 11 a.m. in Seal Beach.

“I went to CIF last year, but this was Remy’s first time. We knew that as long as we had confidence we could get good results,” Inchalik said. “The first team we played all tournament was actually still the hardest team we faced, so beating them gave us a boost. Still, we never thought we’d be in the round of 16.”


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