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Indians tennis defend their title at Fall Brawl

Hart outlasts Vikings to win second straight Fall Brawl

Posted: September 28, 2013 8:54 p.m.
Updated: September 28, 2013 8:54 p.m.


It was one of the longest, tightest days of tennis in the history of the Valencia Fall Brawl tennis tournament, held annually by Valencia.

On Saturday, Hart’s Natalia Munoz survived a scare from Canyon sophomore Katrina DeGuzman in the semifinals before defeating Arroyo Grande’s Lauren Hayashi in the championship set 8-4 for the title.

Munoz’s victory, combined with teammate Proyfon Lohaphaisan’s third-place finish, helped Hart defend its 2012 Fall Brawl championship 20-15 over second-place Valencia.

“I’ve played Katrina a bucnh of times and known her since I was 7,” Munoz said. “I somewhat know her game. It was a hard match, I’m not going to lie. I stayed positive and that’s how I pulled through.”

In doubles play, Valencia and West Ranch made their prescence known.

The Vikings teamed singles players Tina Inchalik and Remy Balmain together, and the duo dispatched an impressive West Ranch duo of Julia Lynch and Quintera Walter-Ez 8-6 in final.

Lynch and Walter-Eze took a 6-3 lead in the championship set before the Vikings’ duo made its comeback.

Overall, the day was littered with quality matches, as the league’s best players went toe-to-toe through the afternoon.

“It is fun. It’s a preview, kind of — league started a little bit — but it’s fun to see all the top players out there playing. There’s just some great tennis. Great, good doubles, good singles and it was a great day,” said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg. I’ve never been there that late, so many tiebreaks and so many sets.”

Notes: The final team scores were: Hart 20; Valencia 15; West Ranch 14; Arroyo Grande 10; Canyon 5; Black Pearl 5; Saugus 2; Golden Valley 0. 


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