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CIF tennis: Still a little bit of life

One Valencia doubles team advances to round of 32 at CIF tourney; the rest of Foothill goes down

Posted: November 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Prep girls tennis season still has life locally as the Valencia doubles team of Ashley Keith and Tina Inchalik advanced in the CIF-Southern Section Division II tournament on Monday.

Keith and Inchalik won three matches to advance past the Division II sectionals in Carpinteria and into the Nov. 27 round of 32.

Valencia teammates Alekhya Bommireddipalli and Lindsey Wolf won their first match, but were eliminated in the second.

Golden Valley senior and Foothill League single champion Rebecca Ho and runner-up and Hart freshman Natalia Munoz also didn’t advance.

Keith and Inchalik, the Foothill League doubles champions, defeated Highland High’s team 6-1, 6-0, then eliminated Carpinteria 6-4, 6-2, then advanced with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Harvard-Westlake’s Arin Schwimmer and Paige Mowlis.

“We were really consistent and aggressive at the net,” Keith said on why her team won. “It’s really cool. We get to keep playing my senior year. It’s really exciting to move on because not many people do it. We’re going to keep playing our best.”

They will play their next match at Whittier Narrows Tennis Center.

Bommireddipalli and Lindsey Wolf defeated Santa Ynez 6-0, 6-3, then lost to the Harvard-Westlake team of Sophia Gunter and Kristina Park, 6-1, 6-0.

“We kind of knew coming into the match it would be a tougher team,” Wolf said. “We went in there playing our best. They were just stronger.”

Said Bommireddipalli: “We fought for it. Some points we got back on top. We had our moments, but they obviously had more of them.”

Ho completed her career as the most decorated Golden Valley tennis player in school history after
bowing out in a closely contested match in the third round.

After splitting the first two sets 6-2, 1-6, the senior lost the first-to-10 tiebreaker 10-4 to Harvard-Westlake High’s Julia Goldberg.

“It’s sad that its my last high school match. It’s really sad for me, but today I felt like I played well,” said Ho, who won the Foothill League individual singles title this season and last. “I could’ve been more consistent with my shots, I could have been more aggressive and that obviously could have made a difference in a close match.”

In the first two rounds, Ho beat Quartz Hill’s Sydney Gore 6-3, 6-1 and Santa Barbara High’s Mattea Kilstofte 6-4, 6-0 to set up her contest with Goldberg.

This was Ho’s second straight CIF Individual appearance after she was knocked out in the second round last year.

Ho was The Signal’s All-Santa Clarita Valley Singles Player of the Year in 2011 after she finished league play with a perfect 27-0 record.

This season, she defeated Hart freshman Natalia Munoz to win a second-straight Foothill singles crown.

“I think that it was a fun ride,” Ho said of her high school career. “I’m really sad to see it go and it’s going to be really tough.”

Munoz also lost on day one, falling in a tight second-round match.

The standout freshman singles player beat Kat Rocha of Los Padres High 6-0, 6-0 in the first round before falling to Harvard-Westlake’s Savannah de Montesquiou 6-7 (7-4), 2-6, 10-4.

“She won the first match easily, then she started making some unforced errors in the second round and that just kind of carried into the tiebreak,” said Hart head coach Chris Mansfield of Munoz.

Both singles players competed at Cate School in Carpinteria.


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