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West Ranch tennis thrives on depth

Wildcats defeat Saugus 13-5

Posted: October 1, 2013 9:31 p.m.
Updated: October 1, 2013 9:31 p.m.

West Ranch freshman singles player Quintera Walter-Eze hits against Saugus at Saugus on Tuesday.

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West Ranch’s versatility was on display Tuesday afternoon.

The Wildcats continued to move players around in the lineup, this time splitting Quintera Walter-Eze and Julia Lynch and placing the two at the top of the singles lineup as West Ranch easily defeated Saugus 13-5 at Saugus High School.

Lynch and Walter-Eze, who have combined to make a strong doubles team in matches this season, swept all six singles sets they participated in.

Walter-Eze won 6-0, 6-1, 6-0, while Lynch added 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 wins.

“She’s been great. She got a win against (Canyon’s Katrina DeGuzman last week) and it put her on the map,” West Ranch head coach Eric Spiecker said of Walter-Eze. “She plays a lot of USTA tournaments, so she’s really match tough.”

The freshman, coupled with the junior Lynch, has given the team a good one-two punch and provided the team with important versatility.

“We have a great anchor in our No. 1 doubles team of Sydney Schwartz and MacKenzie Lyle that allows for that versatility,” Spiecker said. “Having that anchor in the doubles lineup allows us to play (with the lineup).”

Schwartz and Lyle continued that trend on Tuesday, sweeping three sets 6-2, 6-2, 6-0.

Saugus, in its first season under first-year head coach Ken Jeffris, scored some late sets. That included two from Rachel Callas, who teamed with Caren Rosen for a 6-3 win and Hannah Miller for a 6-2 win.

Saugus has struggled to open its Foothill League season after facing a juggernaut of a schedule, opening with Valencia, Hart and West Ranch.

“We’ve definitely learned to take it slow and not underestimate ourselves,” Callas said. “We can win sets and challenge.”

West Ranch, on the other hand, is hopeful its lineup can compete with the league’s best.

The Wildcats will face Golden Valley on Thursday, before a big test with defending co-champion Valencia on Oct. 9.

And what lineup West Ranch will feature that day is anybody’s guess.

“I think it’s great,” Lynch said. “We figure out our lineup based on what school we’re playing next. It’s nice to have that depth. It really helps us out no matter what school we’re playing.”

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