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Valencia inches toward title

Posted: October 20, 2009 10:11 p.m.
Updated: October 21, 2009 4:30 a.m.
The Vikings girls tennis team picked a 17-1 road victory at Golden Valley on Tuesday.

Valencia (12-3, 6-0) is one win away from clinching at least a share of its eighth straight Foothill League title, but Vikings head coach Annie Kellogg said the team wasn’t ready to let up, always pushing itself by setting the bar high.

“I think one of their goals was to get an 18-0 this year, but it’s tough with the level of competition we’re playing,” Kellogg said. “Golden Valley was really fighting hard today.”

The Grizzlies were missing Rebecca Ho from their singles lineup. Ho played doubles due to blisters, and Valencia was able to capitalize.

Emily and Clarice Fraczek swept their matches for the Vikings, although Kellogg made a few substitutions toward the end of the match. Emily Fraczek has only one loss in Foothill League play this season — to Anne Susdorf.

Rachel Ho, who was playing No. 1 singles for the Grizzlies, picked up the team’s only point in a win over freshman Brigita Benitez, who was playing No. 3 singles in place of Shenelle Trujillo.

The Vikings will play at West Ranch on Thursday in a matchup that was moved to 2 p.m. due to both schools’ having an early-dismissal day.

“We expect that will be another good match for us,” Kellogg said of West Ranch. “We know they’ll have their big guns ready to go.”

Golden Valley’s next opponent is Canyon at home on Thursday.

West Ranch 13, Saugus 5
The Wildcats girls tennis team chalked up another win with its doubles play Tuesday, winning 13-5 at Saugus.

True O’Neill, who missed the team’s last match due to an illness, re-joined Mallory Martin to win 6-1, 6-1, 6-0.

Sophomore Lena Poonnapatam and senior Salene Scamardo also swept all three sets.

Saugus No. 2 doubles team of Kim Gordon and Irene Cho picked up their team’s only win in doubles with a 6-4 victory over the No. 3 doubles team of Taylor Hurd and Gabby Morici.

West Ranch head coach Eric Spiecker was happy with the play of his doubles lineups, and said it would be especially important on Thursday against Valencia.

“Doubles will be the difference on Thursday,” Spiecker said. “Singles, I think, we’ll be very similar to last time,” referring to the team’s 12-6 loss at Valencia on Oct. 6. “We only got two doubles wins last time, so we have to do something there. We’re definitely going to try something new.”

Ana Lucia Fuentes did not play for the Wildcats (5-4, 4-1), Annie DeGiorgio played in her place and picked up one set. Ana Cecilia Fuentes won all three of her sets for West Ranch.


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