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CIF tennis: Viking duo make it to 8

Gottshall and Inchalik win first match of the day, then bow out in CIF-SS Individual quarterfinals

Posted: May 28, 2010 11:49 p.m.
Updated: May 29, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Valencia's stellar doubles team of Tyler Gottshall and Ben Inchalik saw their run through to the CIF-Southern Section Division II individual playoffs come to an end on Friday, losing to Brentwood's T.J. Dura and Chris Lord, 3-6, 4-6 at Seal Beach Tennis Center in Seal Beach.

The Vikings reached the final round of eight, a feat that has only happened twice in Foothill League history according to Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg.

They won their first matchup of the day defeating Valencia of Placentia's No. 1 doubles team in the round of 16, 7-6, 6-4

As the score would suggest, the final match was decided by two or three breaks altogether, with Brentwood's duo coming from one break down in the second set to end the match early.

The result was all too familiar for Gottshall, as his run with Jack Zapala in 2008 was also ended by a Brentwood team featuring Lord.

"Ironically, we were beaten by a Brentwood team again," said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg. "But we served better and just missed out on the lucky shots that you sometimes need to squeak by in the match."

"You always want to win your matches and advance," Gottshall said. "But, I mean, look at the players who were here. I guess it's hard to be mad given how well we did."

Doing well in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs is no easy feat either.

"There were over 500 schools in our section," said Kellogg. "That is more schools than seven other states have altogether."

While the Loyola Marymount-bound Gottshall has been exposed to postseason success throughout his high school career, Inchalik raised his game from a quality high school player in his first three seasons to All-CIF player in his senior year.

"When I was coming up, I saw the way that guys like Jack and Tyler won," Inchalik said. "I pushed myself to get here and I accomplished it because I knew I wanted to do what they had done."

Because of this thirst for success, Inchalik has earned an opportunity to play collegiate tennis at Concordia University next year.

As Gottshall and Inchalik ended their high school careers, the Foothill League ended its tennis season.



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