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Proyfon Lohaphaisan wins Foothill singles title

Valencia's Tina Inchalik and Remy Balmain win league doubles crown

Posted: October 31, 2013 8:10 p.m.
Updated: October 31, 2013 8:10 p.m.

Hart's Proyfon Lohaphaisan competes during the Foothill League singles tournament at The Paseo Club on Thursday. Photo by Dan Watson/The Signal

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A big semifinal upset helped Hart junior Proyfon Lohaphaisan take advantage to capture the Foothill League tournament first-place singles title with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Canyon’s Katrina DeGuzman on Thursday at The Paseo Club.

“It’s pretty amazing,” said Lohaphaisan, who along with DeGuzman advances to CIF Individuals next week. “I guess it’s the result of having more experience with USTA matches. And my backhand is probably improved.”

On the doubles side, the Vikings duo of Tina Inchalik and Remy Balmain were as steady as they come to capture the tournament doubles title.

But the big surprise of the day came in singles.

After entering Thursday’s semifinal matchup against Hart’s Natalia Munoz winless in the two’s past three matches, DeGuzman downed the No. 1 overall seed and evened the score on the second day of action at the Foothill League tournament.

“I can’t even believe it really” said DeGuzman following the 6-1, 7-5 victory. “It felt like she was holding back a little so I tried to attack.”

Unfortunately for DeGuzman that approach fell flat in Thursday’s final against Hart’s Proyfon Lohaphaisan, who strolled into the finals fresh off of a 6-4, 6-2 win over Hart teammate Jackie Resler in the day’s other singles semifinal.

DeGuzman was unable to sustain the level of shot making that she had displayed in the semifinals.

The win makes Lohaphaisan the first Hart player to win the year-end tournament since Anne Susdorf did it in 2010. Additionally, the Indians junior finishes 2013 Foothill League action with a perfect 34-0 record in league sets.

Munoz defeated Resler 6-1, 6-3 in the third-place match, and will serve as an alternate for CIF individuals.

In doubles, the day belonged to Valencia.

After moving through to Thursday’s semifinal virtually untested, Inchalik and Balmain made quick work of West Ranch’s Quinterra Walter-Eze and Julia Lynch 6-3, 6-1 once they got there.

Awaiting them in the finals was Hart’s tandem of Lauren Dam and Bailey Sindle, who had to fight through Valencia’s Katelyn Choi and Kate Zeile in a three-set battle in order to clinch the second spot in CIF individuals.

Once the final began, however, it was clear that Dam and Sindle were not about to beat a Valencia doubles team twice in one day.

Inchalik and Balmain were too consistent for their counterparts, and captured first place with a 6-3, 6-0 victory.

“We won here but it’s not because it was easy, we just played really well,” said Inchalik, who is a junior. “Because of playing doubles last year the transition wasn’t too bad for us, and we were able to come out here and do the right things.”

Wildcats Walter-Eze and Lynch will be the alternates for CIF Individuals, as the two emerged the victor in a tightly contested tie breaker against Choi and Zeile in the third place match.

The draw for CIF individual and team competition is released next week.

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