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Vikings keep the wins coming

Posted: April 1, 2009 1:07 a.m.
Updated: April 1, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Valencia continued its quest to keep its Foothill League crown with another decisive victory Tuesday.

The Vikings rolled past Hart 14-4 on the road, thanks in large part to a trio of sets won by Valencia’s top two singles players, Tyler Gottshall and Ben Inchalik.

“We have a really good core on this team,” said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg. “Our kids have worked hard to get ready, and I think how we’ve started out the league season shows the preparation this team put into reaching the level that we need to be at to win.”

Kellogg was especially pleased with her team’s performance on the road in an environment that can be tough for visitors to adapt to. The crowd is closer to the court than at most venues, which was a concern for Kellogg.

“It’s kind of like playing in a fishbowl,” Kellogg said. “When you’re out on the court it’s like the crowd is right on top of you, but we were able to jump out and win our early matches, which I think really helped us out.”

The Vikings (8-1, 3-0) jumped out to a 4-0 lead by winning the group of sets before Hart (5-6, 1-2) was able to break through with a trio of doubles wins, two by Joe Reyes and Greg Kurzhals and a set on the singles end.

“Overall we were able to compete with them,” said Hart head coach Chris Mansfield. “Our kids brought a positive attitude to the court today, and I think that helped us hang in there.”

As has been the case for most of the season, it was Gottshall who keyed Valencia.

“Tyler is really thinking out on the court,” Kellogg said. “I’m impressed with how he is playing and how our other players are playing, too. Tyler realizes that the best way to lead is by winning, and he has been doing a great job of that.”

Canyon 11, Saugus 7

Saugus has relied heavily on its doubles teams all season, but it was Canyon’s pairs that proved to be the difference Tuesday.

Seniors Jun Song and David Lee teamed to win all three of their sets to key Canyon’s 11-7 win, which helped the Cowboys stay undefeated in Foothill League play.

“All season our doubles have been a pleasant surprise,” said Canyon head coach Kent Ganevsky. “We moved people around a little bit, and I think we have most of our team into slots that they are comfortable with.”

Canyon (8-3, 3-0) also received a dominant day from its No. 1 singles player Jason Ferliano, who won all three of his sets without losing a game.

“Jason is the kind of player that we are fortunate to be able to run out there rain or shine,” Ganevsky said. “He’s a great kid, and he really understands the game.”


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