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Prep tennis: Vikes open with a bang

Valencia shuts out Marymount

Posted: November 11, 2010 10:34 p.m.
Updated: November 12, 2010 4:55 a.m.

It’s hard to imagine a better way for Valencia’s girls tennis team to start the playoffs.

The Vikings beat Marymount 18-0 in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III postseason on Thursday at Valencia High School.

Not only did Valencia (15-2) win every single set, it also lost just 19 total games between 11 players who saw action.

Valencia wasn’t able to gather much information about Marymount before the match.

In the end, it didn’t matter.

“That’s really what these kids have done all year,” said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg. “I think they play their best against kids they don’t know.”

The singles players lost just six total games, and Emily Fraczek had the strongest day, winning 6-0, 6-1 and 6-0.

Shenelle Trujillo substituted for an injured Brigitta Benitez in the third singles spot, sweeping 6-0, 6-0 and 6-3.

Valencia was also without one of its top doubles players in Amanda Jansson as she rehabs from an injury. But Andrea Zammit and Arianna Michaels beat Marymount’s No. 1 team of Lauren Higgins and Reilly McCoy 6-2, and then Ashley Karzin subbed for Zammit and helped Michaels win the other two sets 6-1, 6-2.

Kellogg was pleased with the depth her team showed in the victory.

“(Jansson and Benitez) are my third and fourth-best players,” Kellogg said. “My bench is very good.”

Despite the lopsided score, Kellogg also noted that the Sailors weren’t without talent, including top singles player Alex Spring Anderson.

“I thought they had nine nice players,” Kellogg said. “There were no beginners out there, that’s for sure.”

Valencia’s No. 3 doubles team of Michelle Savage and Lariska Theron was also impressive, dropping just three games in its three victories. All three of those games came against Higgins and McCoy.

The Vikings, who are the second seed in Division III, will now face either Tri-Valley League champion Oaks Christian or wild-card winner Norco on Saturday.

If Valencia plays like it did against Marymount, it will be tough to beat.

“It was nice to see the kids come out very focused and steady,” Kellogg said.


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