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2013 All-SCV Girls Tennis Doubles Teams

Valencia's Tina Inchalik, Remy Balmain were best doubles team in 2013

Posted: January 5, 2014 10:22 p.m.
Updated: January 5, 2014 10:22 p.m.

Valencia juniors Tina Inchalik and Remy Balmain never lost to a Foothill League opponent in 2013.

 

The best doubles team in the Santa Clarita Valley didn’t play a single regular season match during the 2013 girls tennis season.

Still, it didn’t prevent Valencia Vikings Tina Inchalik and Remy Balmain from making a run at school history and earning honors as The Signal’s 2013 Girls Tennis Doubles Team of the Year.

After capturing the annual Fall Brawl tournament together toward the beginning of the season, the juniors went on to win the year-end Foothill League tournament and advance to CIF individual postseason play.

Once they got there, they became only the second entity in Valencia girls tennis history to reach the Round of 16, and in order to advance as far as they did, Inchalik and Balmain had to dig deep.

On Nov. 25, the tandem lost the first set in all three of their opening round matches before regaining their composure and winning in three sets each time.

Following that, Inchalik and Balmain reached the round of 16 with yet another three set win over Kendall Towne and Sara Kamine of South Torrance.

While the duo lost the following match to San Marino’s Devon Jack and Madeline Gundawidjaja (their only loss in 2013), the excitement they brought to the tournament kept the Valencia tennis program relevant well beyond the team’s second round loss to Canyon of Anaheim in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs.

In 2013, Valencia was a team full of good but not great players, and because of that Vikings head coach Annie Kellogg threw many different starting lineups on to the courts to maximize her talent.

Inchalik spent the majority of the season as Valencia’s No. 1 singles player, while Balmain was used anywhere ranging from doubles to the No. 3 singles slot.

So how did a group of players who spent the season apart play so well in their limited time together?

Chemistry.

Off the court, Inchalik and Balmain are best friends. All of their postgame interviews were taken together. When they were informed of their selection as the All-SCV Doubles Team of the Year, they were together on a skiing trip.

It was that chemistry that allowed the two to stay calm when they got down and have fun regardless.

Due to their success together, Inchalik and Balmain said that they will play more offseason USTA tournaments to get the experience and make the most of their doubles prowess.

However, Inchalik and Balmain will likely play roles similar to the ones they did in 2013 next season.

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