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Hart wins outright tennis league crown

Posted: October 22, 2013 10:17 p.m.
Updated: October 22, 2013 10:17 p.m.

Hart senior Jackie Resler follows through after hitting the ball during a match against Valencia on Tuesday at Hart High School.

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Hart Indians girls tennis players remembered what happened last year when the team had a chance to win an outright league championship.

This talented, veteran group wasn’t about to let Valencia stop it from celebrating a Foothill League title at home on senior day.

Hart, led by singles play once again, completed the season sweep of Valencia with a 10-8 win on Tuesday at Hart High.

More importantly, the Indians (16-0 overall, 9-0 league) wrapped up a second straight Foothill title. Unlike last year though, when these same two teams split the crown, Hart can call this one its own.

It’s the first time since 1997-98 that Hart has won back-to-back league titles.

“It’s always been my dream, ever since last year basically when I realized how strong our singles lineup was,” said Hart senior Jackie Resler of winning it outright. She won three sets, 6-1, 6-0, 6-1.

In a similar situation last year, Hart had a chance to sweep Valencia near the end of the season, but lost narrowly 71-69 in games after a 9-9 tie in sets.

“They had that focus for the whole year,” said Hart head coach Chris Mansfield, who was doused with a bucket of water after the match. “They remember what happed last year. They didn’t want to come out and lose in games.”

And as the Indians have done so many times this year, they swept all nine sets in singles play on Tuesday.

After Resler, Hart’s Natalia Munoz won 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 and Proyfon Lohaphaisan won 6-1, 6-0, 6-0.

In another familiar result, the Hart doubles team of Lauren Dam and Bailey Sindle also came up big by winning the team’s lone doubles set in a 6-0 decision against Valencia’s Lindsey Wolf and Morgan Meunitz.

Dam was playing on a sprained ankle from a week ago.

She and the rest of Hart doubles had their hands full against a Valencia lineup which was shifted around to bolster doubles play.

It’s the same tactic the Vikings used earlier this season when they lost 12-6 to Hart on Oct. 3.

“I think we were just a little bit more calm and a little bit more prepared than Valencia,” Resler said.

Tina Inchalik and Remy Balmain, who normally play singles for Valencia, teamed up in the No. 1 doubles spot and won 6-3, 6-0, 6-0.

Another usual singles player, Katelyn Choi, paired with Kate Zeile as the Vikings’ No. 3 doubles team which also swept 6-2, 6-2, 6-1.

In the end though, Valencia (14-4, 7-2) will come up short of winning its 11th league title in the last 12 seasons.

“There’s nothing wrong with being No. 2,” said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg. “I think we fought hard. We kept them going until the sun went down and the moon came up.”

After the first round, Valencia had yet to drop a doubles set.

But with how much Hart was dominating in singles, it was only a matter of time.

Foothill League play concludes on Thursday when Hart goes for 10-0 against Canyon and Valencia hosts West Ranch.

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