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CIF girls tennis: Flexibility works for the Vikings

Prep tennis: Valencia girls roll over Righetti in postseason first round

Posted: November 11, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 11, 2011 1:55 a.m.


For the young Valencia girls tennis team, the ability to adjust on the fly could be the key to making a run in the playoffs.

The team passed its first test with relative ease, beating Millikan High of Long Beach 14-4 in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III bracket on Thursday at Valencia High School.
"A lot of those girls have shots that we’ve never seen before and don’t know about," said Vikings junior Ashley Keith.

Her doubles partner, Tina Inchalik, finished the thought.

"It just makes it so you have to adjust, and I think we did that pretty well," Inchalik said.

Together, the pairing swept their sets 6-2, 7-5, 6-1 in the No. 3 spot.

They were the only doubles team for Valencia (11-7) that played all three sets. The others were subbed later in the match.

Overall, the Vikings dropped just one set in doubles.

For Valencia to get as far as it did last year — the division semifinal — it might have to count on some of its younger players like Keith and Inchalik.

The Vikings didn’t to lean on the grouping on Thursday, though.

On the singles side, Millikan (8-7) snagged three victories with Cindy Nguyen, who won 6-0, 6-1 and 6-0 against the slate of Valencia players.

Fortunately for the Vikings, depth ruled the day.

"Their No. 1 horse was really good," said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg. "We’re going to run into that all the time in playoffs and everybody is going to have to do what they do really well."

In the No. 3 spot, sophomore Staci Lowe was the only Vikings singles player to compete in all three sets, winning 6-4 and 6-0 after the 6-0 loss to Nguyen.

Other than Nguyen, the Rams, who finished second in the Moore League, were outmatched in singles and couldn’t capitalize on promising opportunities in some of the doubles sets.

"In our league, we didn’t have this kind of competition," said Rams head coach Torie Frapwell, "so we needed more depth than we had today."

In the second round, Valencia will either travel to Cypress to face Oxford Academy or it will host Upland High as determined by a coin flip.





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