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Foothill tennis roundup: Wildcats bounce back

Posted: October 15, 2013 11:02 p.m.
Updated: October 15, 2013 11:02 p.m.

West Ranch senior Celine Vartany looks to return the ball at Canyon High on Tuesday.

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After back-to-back losses to the Foothill League’s top teams, the West Ranch Wildcats girls tennis team proved its still among the league’s upper tier.

West Ranch took out Canyon 15-3 on Tuesday following losses to league leading Hart last week and second place Valencia on Monday.

The young Wildcats (6-5 overall, 4-3 Foothill League) proved to be the better and deeper team against the improved Canyon Cowboys (5-7, 1-6).

“We got some wins out of some seniors, which is nice,” said West Ranch head coach Eric Spiecker. “We had some seniors come and play.”

That included a three-set sweep from West Ranch’s No. 3 doubles team of senior Allison Jeng and her partner Jenny Cranert.

Those two helped the doubles lineup win all nine sets against Canyon.

The Cowboys got two set wins from No. 1 singles player and sophomore Katrina DeGuzman and another from Jennifer Brissenden in the No. 2 spot.

DeGuzman was upset in a 6-2 loss to Wildcats freshman Quinterra Walter-Eze, who beat DeGuzman for the second time this season.

“It clearly wasn’t a fluke,” Spiecker said of Walter-Eze’s win. “She’s clearly doing something right against Katrina.”

Also picking up set victories for the Wildcats was the doubles pairing of MacKenzie Lyle and junior Sydney Schwartz, who won three sets.

West Ranch senior Celine Vartany also won a set, 7-5.

Hart 13, Saugus 5

The quest for a perfect season continues for the Hart Indians after another outstanding performance by the singles lineup.

This time, Hart’s Jackie Resler, Proyfon Lohaphaisan, and Natalia Munoz swept all nine singles sets without dropping a game. The Indians improve to 14-0 overall, 7-0 in league.

On the doubles side for Hart, Lauren Dam and Bailey Sindle swept by scores of 6-2, 6-0, 6-0 and teammates Maddison Ladanyi and Carissa Costanzo won a set to round out the team’s scoring.

Saugus fell to 9-5 overall and 2-5 in league play.

On Thursday, Saugus hosts Golden Valley.

Valencia 18, Golden Valley 0

It was all Valencia on Tuesday as a busy week for the Vikings continues.

Playing its second of four straight matches in as many days this week, Valencia shut out Golden Valley to improve to 11-3 overall and 6-1 in the Foothill League.

For Valencia, six different singles players and 10 different doubles players were involved in various set wins as the Vikings mixed and matched their lineup.

After beating West Ranch on Monday in a make-up match for last week’s rainout, Valencia will face La Canada today before resuming league play on Thursday against Canyon.

Golden Valley is now 3-9 overall, 1-6 in league.


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