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Foothill tennis roundup: Hart, Canyon win openers

Hart rides singles play; Canyon earns Foothill win

Posted: September 24, 2013 9:19 p.m.
Updated: September 24, 2013 9:19 p.m.

Hart singles player Proyfon Lohaphaisan hits the ball against West Ranch on Tuesday at West Ranch High School.

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The blueprint worked to perfection for the Hart Indians girls tennis team in its Foothill League opener on Tuesday afternoon.

As expected, the Indians leaned on their singles lineup, and their doubles side withstood a West Ranch Wildcats team that moved it’s best player from singles to doubles, in a 13-5 victory at West Ranch High School.

Sophomore Natalia Munoz picked up where she left off after an undefeated Foothill regular season in 2012, sweeping three sets 6-0, 6-0, 6-0.

Hart won all nine singles sets, with junior Proyfon Lohaphaisan and senior Jackie Resler also sweeping three sets apiece.

“Our singles are really strong and we depend on our doubles to pull through and they usually do,” Munoz said. “I think West Ranch is one of the most dominant teams and we played well.”

West Ranch countered Hart by placing No. 1 singles player Julia Lynch on the doubles side, teaming her with freshman Quintera Walter-Eze. The Wildcats’ strategy helped, but wasn’t enough, as the Wildcats took five of nine doubles sets.

“It was definitely a strategy we wanted to see how it worked,” Lynch said of playing doubles. “Today I learned a lot about me and Quintera versus about Hart. I learned what we need to do to improve and I’m excited to see what happens the second time around (against Hart).”

The Indians’ No. 1 doubles team of Lauren Dam and Bailey Sindle were the difference on Tuesday, providing the one non-singles set the team would need, while going 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 on the day.

“We know our singles can sweep three and as long as we get one it’s pretty much done for us,” Dam said.

But that doesn’t mean Dam and Sindle, who are undefeated on the season, are content relying on their singles counterparts.

“We want to keep up our undefeated streak, and we strive to go for three in case something happens (in singles).”

Canyon 9 (78), Golden Valley 9 (72)

That didn’t take long.

One Foothill League match in and first-year head coach Dennis Yong has already picked up the Cowboys’ first Foothill League victory since October 6, 2009.

That victory also came against the Golden Valley Grizzlies, 11-7.

On Tuesday, No. 1 singles player Katrina DeGuzman led the way, sweeping 6-1, 6-0, 6-0. The No. 1 doubles team of Alexa Mendez and Adrienne Kashay also swept, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3. No. 2 singles player Jennifer Brissenden won 6-4, 6-1

“This is a great come back for us and I think we are headed in the right direction and starting off on the right foot,” Yong sai.d “The girls were very excited.”

Valencia 16, Saugus 2

The Valencia Vikings got off on the right foot in their Foothill League opener against the Saugus Centurions.

The Vikings swept in singles, with Saugus’s No. 1 singles team of Rachel Callous and Karen Rosen picking up a 6-4 victory over Valencia’s Lindsey and Lauren Wolf.

Valenica responded, though, winning seven of nine doubles sets overall.

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