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Foothill tennis roundup: Valencia, Saugus win in make-up matches

Posted: October 14, 2013 9:34 p.m.
Updated: October 14, 2013 9:34 p.m.

Valencia junior Katelyn Choi returns the ball during a match against West Ranch on Monday at West Ranch High School. Choi swept three sets to help Valencia win 12-6.

The Valencia Vikings girls tennis program began the second leg of the Foothill League season with a big 12-6 win over the West Ranch Wildcats at West Ranch on Monday in a make-up match for Wednesday’s rain-out.

“We all played really well today when we switched the order up,” said Vikings junior and No. 1 singles player Tina Inchalik, who fell to West Ranch No. 1 Quinterra Walter-Eze but finished strong to capture two sets 6-0, 6-0. “Stacked doubles, trying to see what combinations can get games for us when we face Hart again.”

Valencia (10-3 overall, 5-1 Foothill League) will face undefeated Hart on Oct. 22.

On Monday, the Vikings’ singles lineup got the job done by taking seven of nine sets, led by junior Katelyn Choi’s sweep by scores of 6-1, 6-1, 6-1.

The Wildcats (5-5, 3-3) played competitively but ultimately fell behind when they were unable to win critical points once the games hit deuce.

“We lost at least seven to ten deuce games,” said West Ranch head coach Eric Spiecker. “Valencia puts themselves through a lot of tough matches and tournaments, and that’s how they can win big points and games.”

While Valencia handled the majority of the Wildcats lineup with relative ease, West Ranch’s duo of senior MacKenzie Lyle and junior Sydney Schwartz continued their all-league caliber form, sweeping 6-1, 6-2, 6-2. Lyle and Schwartz have enjoyed a Foothill League season where the only sets they have dropped have been during their two matches against powerhouse Hart.

“Our team needs to go into matches more confident and expecting to win,” Lyle said.

Said Schwartz: “We have a young team and we are just trying to gain experience. As for us individually, we just need to keep playing the way we are and see what happens in prelims.”

Having faced Hart twice already do to an oddity in league scheduling, Lyle and Schwartz no longer have to worry about the Indians, and are a good bet to finish out the season as one of the league’s premier doubles teams.

The same cannot be said for the Vikings, who will face Hart one more time during the regular season with a potential chance to even the score and ideally tie for first place.

Saugus 17, Golden Valley 1

On the other side of the Santa Clarita Valley, the Saugus Centurions girls tennis team dispatched the Golden Valley Grizzlies easily, winning 17-1.

The senior tandem of Caren Rose and Rachel Callas led the way for Saugus (9-4, 2-4) by sweeping three sets 6-0, 6-1, 6-3 to help the team sweep across the board in doubles.

Centurions Carlie Ozakie and Megan Cho did well for themselves in singles, dropping just eight games between the two of them en route to their respective sweeps.

Notes: Hart defeated Canyon 17-1 on Friday in the other make-up match from Wednesday’s rain-out. Normally scheduled league play resumes today for all six teams.


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