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Hart tennis takes part one

Posted: October 3, 2013 9:52 p.m.
Updated: October 3, 2013 9:52 p.m.

Hart's Jackie Resler returns a shot on Thursday at Valencia High in Hart's 12-6 win.

 

This was the first one.

The popular opinion is that the Foothill League title in girls tennis will come down to the Hart Indians-Valencia Vikings matchups.

And if Thursday is any indication, Hart took an early step toward ruling the league in 2013.

Hart defeated Valencia 12-6 on Thursday at Valencia High.

And though the victory is significant, Indians head coach Chris Mansfield said he doesn’t need to worry about his team getting to high off the win.

“It’s not much effort,” he said of keeping his players in the moment. “I’m blessed with very mature kids. They know it’s one match. At a time I’d think they’d be jumping up and down. But they weren’t. It was a good match and inside they were really happy to pull this off.”

Hart’s strength is on the singles side and the Indians (11-0 overall, 4-0 Foothill League) swept there.

Natalia Munoz won 6-0, 6-1 and 6-1.

Jackie Resler won by scores of 6-0, 6-1 and 6-2.

Proyfon Lohaphaisan took care of the rest with wins of 6-2, 6-0 and 6-0.

“At the beginning, all of us were nervous. We knew Valencia would stack on the doubles or something would hit us,” Lohaphaisan said of the Vikings’ strategy. “We were on the edge and tried to stay calm and confident. Finally we started winning and confidence built and we won.”

Valencia (8-2, 3-1) won six of the nine sets on the doubles side.

The Vikings’ No. 1 singles player Tina Inchalik joined with No. 3 Remy Balmain to sweep 6-4, 6-0 and 6-0 on the doubles side.

Lindsey and Lauren Wolf won doubles sets 6-4 and 6-1.

Hart’s doubles team of Lauren Dam and Bailey Sindle won two sets 6-3, 6-2, dropping one 4-6.

The next and final matchup between these two teams will be Oct. 22 at Hart High.

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