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Foothill Tennis Roundup: Saugus pulls off the surprise

Posted: October 22, 2009 10:12 p.m.
Updated: October 23, 2009 4:55 a.m.

The Foothill League girls tennis season just got another surprise.

Saugus defeated third-place Hart Thursday 11-7.

Saugus head coach Allan Hardbarger said a real turning point came when Centurions singles player Jessica Moore jumped out to a 5-0 lead over Hart’s Victoria Lionetti.

Lionetti jumped back in and cut the lead down to 5-4, but Moore ended up winning the set 6-4.

“We’re definitely confident after the way we played today,” Hardbarger said. “We lost to them last time 6 to 12 so we picked up a lot of sets we lost to them last time.”

Moore took another set 6-3.

In singles for Saugus, Yumi Suh won two sets 6-4, 6-3 and Megan Soucy won two sets 6-3, 6-1.

Hart’s Anne Susdorf won all three sets 6-0, 6-0, 6-0.

In doubles for Saugus, Kim Gordon and Irene Cho won two sets 6-2, 6-4. Jessica Ta and Cierra Burdick won two sets 6-3, 6-2. Amanda Keller and Ashley Frederick won a set 6-2.

Hart’s duo of Jessica Martinez and Julie Lefko won all three sets 6-1, 6-0 and 6-3. Saugus (7-7, 3-4) plays Valencia at Saugus on Monday. Hart (8-7, 4-4) plays Valencia on Tuesday.

Golden Valley 9, Canyon 9 (Golden Valley won in games, 76-70)
Golden Valley (4-12, 2-6) and Canyon (3-9, 1-6) split singles and doubles 7-2 each on Thursday, but Golden Valley’s lead in singles games was too much for the Cowboys to overcome Thursday at Golden Valley.

“It was a heart-breaking loss for us,” said Canyon head coach Debbie Glasnow. “We took the doubles, but we just didn’t take it strong enough.”

Paulette Alonsagay and Jennifer Lee put up another strong showing for Canyon, winning three sets 6-3, 6-2, 6-0.

The Grizzlies were led by No. 1 singles player Rebecca Ho, who won all three sets for Golden Valley. Her sister, Rachel Ho, picked up two of three sets, but managed to keep her loss to No. 1 Nicole Smith close at 5-7, which ended up being a difference.

Smith also beat Christine Tan 6-1 and lost to Rebecca Ho 4-6.

“We got two wins so far, and that’s two more wins than last year,” said Golden Valley head coach Holly Ingersol. “We just have to keep working on our doubles, but they are getting better. We’re a young team so little by little.”

Golden Valley will play West Ranch on Tuesday at West Ranch. Canyon will play its rain-delayed make-up match from last week today at 1 p.m. at West Ranch.



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