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Vikings tennis wins Valencia Spring Smash

Posted: March 22, 2009 1:24 a.m.
Updated: March 22, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
After nearly eight hours of tennis, Valencia and Granada Hills were dead even in points at the Valencia Spring Smash.

But when the games were tallied, the Vikings held a 98-89 edge and its second consecutive tournament trophy.

Junior Tyler Gottshall led the Viking charge by taking the singles title with a total score of 32-8, including an 8-1 win over West Ranch’s Jordan Hovis in the finals.

“I was definitely serving well,” Gottshall said. “I hit well from the baseline. I think Jordan was a little nervous, and I was able to take advantage of that.”

The young Valencia squad also advanced its doubles team to the finals before junior Ronnie Kimelman and freshman J.R. Macalutas ran into seniors Dom Plata and Aaron Goodwein of Granada Hills. The duo from Granada Hills scored an 8-4 win, taking the final three points.

“They are a really good team,” Kimelman said. “It was a tough match. We had to play two of their top singles players, and if we had gotten a couple of points to go our way the match could have changed.”

The Foothill League did score a doubles victory in the consolation bracket when Canyon’s pair of David Lee and Jun Song topped Tanner Marczuk and Justin Anderson from Camarillo 8-5 in the final.

“We tried our best to be aggressive,” Song said. “It felt good to be out there, and I think we were able to zone in on our game.”

Valencia junior Ben Inchalik took the singles consolation bracket with an 8-1 win over Aaron Kim from Granada Hills.

“Obviously when a match comes down to games, getting a big win like the one Ben scored for us is key to getting the win,” said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg. “Our team is almost all underclassmen so I’m really proud that we were able to pull this out.”

Valencia and Granada Hills also battled to a stalemate on March 9th in a head-to-head match. Valencia also won that contest on games with a score of 82-79.

“Granada Hills has a great team,” Kellogg said. “It’s really nice to be able get all these players out here, and it’s really a fun event.”

Eight teams hit the courts in the Spring Smash with West Ranch notching 14 points for third place and Canyon finishing fourth with 11.

“I’m excited to win this thing,” Gottshall said. “There are a lot of teams from the valley here, and we had a lot of people turn out for this. It’s fun to play against some of the best players in the area and to get to watch them too.”

kdamore@the-signal.com

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