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Vikes strong from all angles

Posted: November 14, 2009 11:46 p.m.
Updated: November 15, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Valencia girls tennis continues to roll through the CIF Division III playoffs, scoring a convincing 16-2 second-round victory over Paramount on Saturday at Paramount.

The Vikings’ doubles teams have dropped few sets all season, and against the Pirates, they were aided by an equally solid singles showing.

Vikings ( head coach Annie Kellogg was impressed by the plays of her all three singles against a Paramount team that finished with a regular-season record of 18-0 and a No. 1 seed coming out of the San Gabriel Valley League.

“The whole team was pretty deep,” said Kellogg of the Pirates, “and their No. 1 doubles team was a pair of seniors who were reigning league champs.

“In singles, we had the edge, and I thought their doubles were pretty solid. But you know, I was happy to see we were winning points and not giving anything away,” she added.

The Foothill League’s reigning doubles champions, sophomores Clarice and Emily Fraczek, put together the best performance of the day for the Vikings on the singles side.

Clarice, playing No. 1 singles, won her sets 6-0, 6-1, 6-0 and her sister, Emily, played No. 2 and swept without dropping a game.

“Clarice and Emily Fraczek had a great day for us,” Kellogg said. “They’re all just having a great time with it.”  

Vikings No. 3 singles Shenelle Trujillo won two out of three sets 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.

Both No. 1 and No. 2 doubles took all three sets for Valencia, while No. 3 took two of three to finish off the strong showing.

This year’s group is one of Kellogg’s younger teams, but she said it seems to be working in their favor, as the Vikings are two wins away from a fifth straight trip to the finals.

“I think they kind of keep it light, and I don’t fully think they realize (the playoff pressure), but it’s working for them,” Kellogg said. “They want the match. ... and they’re focused out there on the court.”

The Vikings will either play San Luis Obispo High away or Long Beach Wilson at home on Tuesday in the quarterfinals.



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