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Valencia tennis duo ends in Sweet 16

Inchalik and Balmain made huge run in individual playoffs

Posted: December 4, 2013 11:02 p.m.
Updated: December 4, 2013 11:02 p.m.
 

Tina Inchalik and Remy Balmain’s exciting run through the CIF girls tennis individual playoffs came to an end on Wednesday, as the duo fell victim to the No. 2 overall seeded pairing of Devon Jack and Madeline Gundawidjaja from San Marino High 6-4, 6-1 in the round of 16 in Seal Beach.

San Marino has played the role of Foothill League giant killer this season, as the Titans downed Hart in the

CIF-Southern Section Division II team playoffs earlier this season en route to the championship.
Jack and Gundawidjaja were the No. 1 and No. 2 singles players for that CIF championship team — and it took that level of talent to finally down a red-hot Vikings duo that overcame four straight three set matches to advance as far as they did in the tournament.

Up until Wednesday’s loss in the round of 16, Inchalik and Balmain had yet to lose a match this year.

 “These girls had a great season. They beat (Hart duo) Lauren (Dam) and Bailey (Sindle) a couple times earlier this year and now this,” said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg. “Good for them. They are just the most chilled out group of kids.”

Inchalik spent the majority of the season as Valencia’s go-to singles player during the regular season, but paired with Balmain during tournament events.

It’s hard to argue with the results — the duo defeated the Foothill League’s most consistent team in Dam and Sindle during Fall Brawl and at the year-end Foothill League tournament.

The pairing, best friends off the court, was only the second doubles team in school history to reach the round of 16.

Such an accomplishment can’t be ignored, and according to Balmain, it won’t be.

“We talked a little about playing some tournaments together in USTA next year,” said Balmain of the future chances of a reunification in doubles next postseason.

“Maybe get a ranking. We just care about playing tough matches together and having fun.”

Further practice for Inchalik and Balmain is bad news for the rest of the Foothill League. The juniors will headline a

Valencia squad that has enough returning starters to make a serious push for a league title in 2014.

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